Gong Xi Fa Cai!
We’re weeks away from Chinese New Year and what better way to count the days than list down all the delicious dishes we can indulge? In this special series, we round up traditional Lunar New Year dishes and where to get them.
On this list, we give you a rundown of places where you can get longevity noodles in Metro Manila. Longevity noodles symbolize long life and the wish for the coming year to be a smooth one. These are traditionally prepared as one very long and thin strand and is usually eaten during festivals or birthdays. Make sure to not cut the noodles while you’re eating them! Below, we list down places where you can order this dish that will hopefully make the Year of the Ox luckier for you.
Cha Misua a.k.a. Birthday Misua is a noodle dish which is eaten by someone who’s celebrating a birthday. Carlito’s Catering makes a beautiful Cha Misua (P850/6-8pax; P1,500/8-15pax; P2,500/16-20pax) loaded with shiitake mushrooms, fresh shrimp, shredded chicken and topped with crispy shallots, green onions, and egg slices.
The Moment Group’s delivery-only brand Papa Pancitan offers a number of pancit dishes that are great for sharing. Give the Papa Kung Pow Noodles (P508/3-5pax; P718/6-10pax; P818/11-15pax; P918/16-20pax) a go. It is a generous serving of oriental stir-fried noodles with chicken, bell peppers, and peanuts.
A new food concept from Mad Eats, Chow Time serves your Chinese food favorites. The Garlic Sesame Noodles (P303/2-3pax) is as simple as it can get — stir-fried noodles, garlic, and sesame — but has a strong umami flavor. Everyone will surely be raving about this.
A brand that specializes in traditional dim sum and Taiwanese street food, Fat Fook has an excellent lineup of dishes you’d want to feast on. For one, their Satay Stir-Fried Noodles (P268) has a nutty flavor and loaded with tender beef chunks. While you’re at it, order a basket (or two) of their Xiao Long Bao.
How can we forget? You can find the world’s cheapest Michelin meal at this restaurant. Everything on the menu is great but a can’t-miss item is their noodles (starts at P158) which has a sweet soy sauce and sambal come with toppings like Chicken, Char Siew, Roasted Pork, and Beef Brisket.