|Manila Chinatown welcomes its guests|
When it comes to delicious Chinese dishes, Ongpin Street in Chinatown packs a delectable punch. After all, Binondo still had that best-kept foodie secrets and undeniable charm. Honestly speaking, each time I crave for authentic Chinese cuisine, I used to travel all the way from my place in Quezon City to Chinatown just to satisfy my cravings at Mr. Ube Rice and Noodle House.
Back in 2006 when I first discovered about this hole-in-the-wall establishment with my late Godfather Nomer who accompanied me on my own Binondo Food Walk adventure, I stumbled upon Mr. Ube Rice and Noodle House because of my love for the color purple. Weird as it is, but I love all things in purple (that’s why it happened to be the name of my main blog called Purple Plum Fairy—which you guys can check out on http://www.purpleplumfairy.blogspot.com). So when I saw the bright purple signage on Mr. Ube’s Rice and Noodle House, I decided to get inside their automatic glass door.
|The house Specialty: Mr. Ube's Go Kong Soup or Soup #5|
|The author's fave: Mr. Ube Lechon Macau|
|Beef Wanton Noodle soup is perfect for a comforting meal|
|So affordable menu offerings for customers.|
|Sweet and sour pork with Jasmine rice|
|Crunchy and flavorful yet tender Fried Chicken|
|Sweet and tasty Wintermelon Juice.|
|Mr. Ube and Eng Bee Tin's Main guy, owner Mr. Gerry Chua|
His secret ingredient for success, “Customers only look for four things when it comes to food and eating out: Masarap, malinis, marami at mura,” shares Mr. Chua. (delicious, clean, generous servings and cheap).
|Soya drink from Mr. Ube|
|The colorful yet purple yam interiors are very relaxing.|
Other dishes gathering raves aside from our personal favorite, Lechon Macau are Wok-fried radish cakes, steamed pork, shrimp or fish dumplings and noodle dishes made fresh daily, diners are sure to enjoy mouth – watering meals here.
Another house specialty is the Go Kong Noodle, with five kinds of herbs and five different components such as pork’s intestines, tito, chicken, spear ribs, and pork tendons. Better known as Soup #5, it’s believed to be an aphrodisiac by most Filipino-Chinese but it really had a tasty broth with melt-in-your-mouth meats.
Mr. Ube recently introduced their own version of garlic-fried chicken – guests can feast endlessly on the succulent meat and crispy skin. Fried crispy noodles with assorted seafood and vegetables also made it to my list of the must-try.
Diners can take home delicious tikoy, hopia, mochi-hopia and other scrumptious snacks and authentic home cooking ingredients from Mr. Ube Noodle House. Different flavors of hopia, ampao, tikoy, fresh noodles and other Chinese delicacies are all available.
Mr. Ube doesn’t use MSG (monosodium glutamate) and portion of the products purchased goes directly to its owner, Gerry Chua’s outreach programs such as TXTFIRE program, which will surely benefit others.
I’d have to say that after more than a decade, Mr. Ube’s favorite meals was able to maintain their taste and has remained affordable, making loyal customers like me extremely happy.
Mr. Ube Rice and Noodle House are located in three branches (but sorry I don’t have the address of their Pasig branch):
707 imperial Sky Garden, Ongpin, Binondo, Manila
Tel. Nos: 241-9999 or 288-8888 loc. 131
E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue Quezon City Branch
284 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City
Across St. Luke’s Medical Center
Tel. Nos: 722-4505
Security Blanket thanks Ms. Ana Bautista, Mr. Gerry Chua and Ms. Jenny Tan.
Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.