While people are all going crazy for Ramen referring to some chefs as ‘noodle boss’, ‘ramen god’ or ‘ramen nazi’, here’s something undeniably good. A bowl of Original Mami from Masuki. Add to that their ‘Asado Siopao’ and gigantic Siomai.
The food at Masuki is pretty straightforward, a bowl of Original Mami consists of their special ‘stinky’ stock (likely made from chicken bones and pork bones), noodles, chicken, pork and a spoonful of chopped scallions. They also have different variants of mami like beef, wanton, chicken or pork; I just prefer my bowl of original. I usually pair my bowl of regular sized mami with two pieces of siomai (pork dumpling). If I’m extra hungry, I add a regular-sized siopao either with asado or bola bola.
Nothing beats Masuki as the ultimate Chinese comfort food for me.
Masuki traces its roots from the original noodle boss in the Philippines named Ma Mon Luk, who was originally a teacher from Guangdong, China. In 1918, the young Ma traveled to Manila in to earn his fortune. He started out peddling chicken noodle soup on his own with two metal containers hung on a bamboo pole in Binondo later to be referred to as ‘Ma Mi’ or Ma’s noodles (Sadly, he wasn’t able to patent the term during that time). His customers were mostly students from nearby schools and universities who enjoyed his ‘Ma Mi’ while listening to his stories about China. It was also called ‘gupit’ since Ma would portion his noodles and toppings by cutting it with scissors. It is believed that Ma’s noodles were eaten by the lowest man to the highest man in the land as even Presidents of the Philippines were avid fans of his noodles.
His brother Ma Kong would also venture into the same business initially peddling noodles and eventually opening his own Ma Kong Mami in 1964. When the business was passed on to his children, it was renamed Masuki and have since expanded to different locations.
Masuki currently has 3 locations in addition to the original one on 929 Benavides Street in Binondo. They also have shops at Sekai Center in Greenhills, SM Mall of Asia, and SM Megamall.