Friday, October 03, 2008


They say that when Chinoy families flock to a Chinese restaurant, that eatery has got to serve delectable meals. Guaranteed. Such is the case with Lingnam Wanton Parlor & Noodle Factory on T. Alonzo Street between Kipuja and Ongpin Streets in Binondo. The place was filled with mainly Chinoy patrons, both young and old alike, when I stepped in for the first time last weekend.

I had a bowl of chicken noodle (125 pesos) and bola-bola siopao (50 pesos). They were both very good; reminiscent of the classic taste that made Pinsec House and Ma Mon Luk very famous.

For more on Ling Nam Wanton Parlor, check out what The Unlawyer had to say about it here.

Incidentally, it was BCS of What Will Tomorrow Bring? who made me aware of this particular noodle shop. Thank you, BCS!

Related links:

Shanghai Hand-Pulled Noodles

The Eateries Along Banawe

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posted by Señor Enrique at 4:29 AM


Blogger BCS said...

Been waiting for this (hahaha!)... and I am VERY glad that you liked it and I'm equally glad that you weren't disappointed. :) Personally, I like their bola-bola siopao very much. :) Nice photo by the way.

October 03, 2008 6:56 AM  

Blogger BCS said...

Oh, by the way, You may also want to try out Masuki (or "Makong") (as mentioned by the UnLawyer)! When you do, you'll see what fast food really means. hahaha! But then again, I suppose that's how they do it also at Ma Mon Luk... to whom, by the way, the owner of Masuki is a descendant of.

It's along Benavides Street, about a block or two away from Salazar Street (do note that I said Street and not bakery). :)

October 03, 2008 7:08 AM  

Blogger JayAshKal said...

Yum... now I have to run to my nearest noodle bar! What makes an excellent noodle shop is when they made the noodles in house like Lingnam.

Like BCS I have a soft spot for bola bola with salted pieces of eggs.... yum yum yum... Great post Eric.

October 03, 2008 7:10 AM  

Blogger Photo Cache said...

The sign says wanton and not wonton. Was it wanton all along? I thought wanton was this english word. LOL!

October 03, 2008 7:12 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Funny you mentioned Masuki, BCS, I pass by this restaurant everytime I walk towards Recto coming from Wai ying on Benavidez.

The interior reminds me of the old world Chinese restaurants like Ma Mon Luk and Delicious Rstaurant which I find tempting; however, I rarely see anyone eating in there, which gives a bit of trepidation.

"you'll see what fast food really means. hahaha!"

Is this good or bad :)

But I still want to check it out!

October 03, 2008 7:49 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hehehe ... I'm sure the noodle shops here in Binondo are better, Mario!

Yes, bola-bola or halo-halo as they call 'em in NY Chinatown :)

October 03, 2008 7:51 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I may be wrong, Photo Cache, but I think it's more popularly spelled as 'wanton' both here in Manila and NY's Chinatown :)

October 03, 2008 7:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Either Wanton or Wonton is correct.
Check this out:

October 03, 2008 8:27 AM  

Blogger JayAshKal said...

Maybe you're right Eric re noodles better in Binondo. It's been a while since I ate there (I think in the mid 70's). That was when we went to eat after doing some errants... I could not forget the customers spitting inside the restaurant (with a spitoon on the floor!). I was a bit turned off.

But here in Sydney is also a meltingpot of sorts, home cooked cuisine from Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, India, Laos, Mainland China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and that is only from East Asia! Unfortunately Pinoy food is not that big here. Filos here rather cook at home than go out (if they want Pinoy food). But a lot of my Oz friends love our cooking, because unlike most Asian food ours is not that spicy and tends to be "palatable" to their "bland tastes". But a lot are discovering east Asian cuisine and love the extra spices.

October 03, 2008 8:56 AM  

Blogger BCS said...

--->"you'll see what fast food really means. hahaha!"

Is this good or bad :)<---

It's VERY good if you happen to be in a rush. ;)

But then again, it's not something you'll really say "good" or "bad" about, but it's quite amazing.

If you'll ask me, McDonald's and Jollibee don't have even an inkling of what "fast food" really means. Hehehe... ;)

October 03, 2008 9:38 AM  

Blogger BCS said...

@jayashkal - their bola-bola siopaos with salted egg RULE! hehehe

By the way, Wilson Ma, a member of the family that owns Masuki and the artist whose paintings you'll see on the noodle house's walls, was a member of Malang's "Saturday Group". Sadly, he passed away some two years ago I think. I had the great fortune to sketch with him once... nice guy.

October 03, 2008 9:52 AM  

Blogger EM said...

*inggit* Sana ako din makatikim nyan... :(

October 03, 2008 10:24 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks for the clarification, Anonymous!

October 03, 2008 10:58 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Whoa! In all the times from my father used to take me to Chinatown every Saturday for lunch until now that I explore Binondo on my own, I am yet to see a spitoon inside an eatery where people could nonchalantly use it; otherwise I'd walk right out of it ... hehehe. Gross!

I can imagine how Sydney must boast of many eateries of various offerings especially with the influx of immigrants from Asian countries; same as in New York. However, there is a cool Filipino restaurant in New York -- Cendrillon -- popular not only to the urbane Pinoys but to many New Yorkers of various backgrounds. And then out in the suburbs, the Pinoy restaurants and carinderias attract a crowd of Pinoys especially during the weekends :)

I am one of those not too crazy with over-spiced dishes ... hehehe.

October 03, 2008 11:07 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Ah, ok, BCS. Whew! Thought I was in for some ghastly surprise ... hehehe. I'll check it out soon, and will take note of the paintings on the walls.

I'm truly surprised, though, that there isn't any art shop/gallery in Binondo :(

October 03, 2008 11:11 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Make a list of these eateries, EM! This way, next time you and your daughter come home to Manila to visit, you have these places to go to which aren't all that expensive :)

October 03, 2008 11:12 AM  

Blogger BCS said...

I just hope the paintings are still there, been a while since my last visit. :)

October 03, 2008 1:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its been so long since I last ate here. We used to frequent this place when we were looking for stuff in Soler when we were building our house. I remember the elderly woman taking our orders without writing anything then she would scream our order in Chinese to the folks downstairs and she wouldn't miss out anything.

October 04, 2008 8:23 PM  

Blogger Amadeo said...


Yeah, I also thought this was one of those intriguing ways filipinos play with words - Wanton for Wonton.

It would indeed be a reckless way to use Wanton when you are in an English speaking country.


October 06, 2008 8:17 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Lol ... that is correct, Amadeo!

October 06, 2008 8:40 AM  

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