Cycle 5 – Item 68
14 (Fri) March 2014
at Lugang Café
(Mall of Asia)
-Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines-
with ME, TL, MK, et al.
Lugang Café is a Chinese restaurant chain. 5 locations throughout Metro Manila, all in shoppings malls. Hodgepodge menu, with items ranging in styles from Mandarin, Shanghainese, Taiwanese, Cantonese. Current ranking on TripAdvisor: 33 of 732 restaurants in Manila.
Flying back to Korea later tonight, I wanted roast duck noodle soup before getting on the plane., as per personal pre-flight protocol.
Alas, while Lugang Café offers roast duck, roast duck noodle soup didn’t appear on the menu. With so many other options available, I didn’t bother to ask.
No matter, because I would’ve gone anyway. The place had come recommended from TL. When a Singaporean recommends a restaurant, when a Singaporean of Chinese descent recommends a Chinese restaurant, I’m not one to argue.
The food was okay. The best dish of the evening was the spinach, stir-fried with garlic, perfectly cooked, perfectly balanced seasonings. So simple, yet not easy to get it just right, as here. My only regret is that it was spinach, which I generally find to be a rather pedestrian vegetable; I would’ve preferred gailan (“Chinese kale”) or kangkong (“water spinach”), even broccoli, but they were out of everything else.
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