Last September I celebrated my birthday. Last September I ate at Lugang Cafe three times. Why? I wanted my friends to try the new dishes as well as my favorites at Lugang Cafe.
The first time was lunch with my Ateneo buddies. Only Len Len had previously eaten at Lugang. It was Tes and Rizette’s first time. Rizette just came from a vacation in China and still had a Chinese food hangover so I hoped she would like the food I ordered.
All three times I ordered my all-time favorite dishes in Lugang Cafe. Everyone loved these. I urge you to order this. You really must!!!
beef w/ Chinese crullers P290, xiao long bao P188,
Taiwanese stewed minced pork P180
Considering how fast the coffee steeped the end product was pretty strong and full bodied. It made for two full cups of coffee only. We asked for more water and repeated the brewing so we were able to stretch the coffee to three cups. It still tasted good!
Belgium Royal 4C Cafe Balance Syphon Coffee Maker
I’ve never seen fructose served with coffee before. I didn’t use it though.
I was surprised at how good this meatless dumpling was. The filling was made with carrots, spinach and tofu. Although I didn’t taste the truffle oil it was still very tasty. Even non-vegetarians will enjoy these dumplings.
Of ALL the new dishes this tofu is our favorite. The tofu wasn’t just plain tofu. It tasted like egg custard mixed with tofu. The abalone sauce was just like the one served with abalone. The owner told me that it takes them hours to cook the sauce that’s why this dish is quite expensive. You MUST try this!
tofu with mushroom in abalone sauce (new) P480
Tauso is fried crispy soy beans. This dish is commonly found in Chinese restaurants and now Lugang has it too. This classic dish was very well cooked.
steamed lapu lapu with crispy tauso (new) – market price
Because of a misunderstanding with the order taker (her fault) we ended up with two green beans dishes. I’m not particularly fond of green beans but both dishes were simply awesome.
Db brought an assortment of little cakes from Cake2Go.
The third time was actually lunch with a friend who came from Sydney, Australia. This time we tried a single serving of lionhead meatball soup. The giant pork meatball was really tender and the soup was very rich and flavorful.
lionhead meatball soup 180
As usual the food in Lugang Cafe never fails to impress me and my guests. Some people tell me that the food there is nothing great. I always reply, “it’s a matter of ordering the right dishes.” Like any restaurant not all dishes are good and if you happen to order one of those then you will definitely not appreciate Lugang Cafe. After trying many of their dishes I only order old and new favorites that’s why we are always satisfied.
This post is the reason I barely lost any weight in September. Bad, bad, bad for my diet. 😀
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Northeast Greenhills, San Juan
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