Dragon Noodle Center

Too much water on rice will give you lugaw (porridge), one of the most common and cheapest foods that Filipinos love. You can find it anywhere; in restaurants, eateries, noodle place, on side streets, even on rolling carts. It’s the one we feed on the sick, the one shared on feeding programs, the one we like to eat during rainy days, and the one most likely to be ordered when eating in karinderya. Indeed, this creamy, rice-based delicacy is part of the Pinoy culture and is considered to be one of the best things that we inherited from the Chinese.

One Saturday, I suddenly found myself craving for one after watching my favorite show, Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho. They made a whole segment on the best lugaw in town, carefully chosen by spot.ph. There’s the most expensive one, made with Jasmine rice, which is being served in a hotel, there’s the unlimited lugaw in Pampanga, there’s one called lugaw sa tugak, also in Pampanga which is made with frog, and the one declared as the best of them all, the halo-halo lugaw of Dragon Noodle Center in Malate. After the show I knew I had to get a taste of one of those

Immediately I called up my friends and asked them to join me. Of course we picked the one that landed on the top spot, the Dragon Noodle Center. It is located along M.H. Del Pilar, near the corner of Kalaw.

There was nothing special about the ambiance but it was sure busy. It tells me that the food that they offer must be really good. Most of the seats were already taken so we felt lucky to find an unoccupied table at the far end of the room.

There were only few waitresses in the house and it took a while before any of them got to our table. When finally we were able to place our order, we had to wait for our food for like 20 minutes. It’s the only thing that I hate about the place, the waitresses looked harried and always in haste but it took them forever to serve our food.

By the time we had food on our table we were already starving. What saved the whole experience would be the food itself. The tausi chicken feet (PHP 60) and the fried dumpling (PHP 110) won the hearts of my friends. And the halo-halo lugaw (PHP 95) was a total winner. It tasted as good as it looked. The porridge is smooth and the meat chunks toppings made every spoonful worth savoring. I gotta say it was worth every penny.

Unfortunately though I got stuffed real quick, well that’s just one of the things about me, I get full easily. But none of the lugaw was put to waste because my best friend, who happens to be a porridge lover didn’t mind helping me finish my bowl.

The verdict, Dragon Noodle Center does have one of the best tasting lugaw in town. But don’t take my word for it. You should find out for yourself (and I’m pretty sure you’d agree with me).

Dragon Noodle Center
1037 M.H. Del Pilar St.
Malate, Manila
Tel no.: 525-1563
Business Hours: Monday – Sunday 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.


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