A Noodleshop Called “Noodles Everyday” Brings a Taste of Binondo to MakatiNovember 15, 2019
It was late in the afternoon and traffic was beginning to build along Pasong Tamo that busy, noisy payday Friday. Our photographer, Pam, and I ventured further down dela Rosa, past the familiar line of offices, fast food stalls, and convenience stores into the side of Makati that people drove past. It was that part of Makati where residential rent stayed cheap because it flooded after minutes of rain. It is one of the last areas to be developed, now in a mess of construction sites of soon-to-rise condominiums, hardware stores, low-rise office buildings that have seen better days and carinderias. We turned the corner into Washington Street, and breathed a sigh of relief when we immediately found what we were looking for. Between the jeepney terminal and another block of construction was a building home to a convenience store, a drinking place, a Taiwanese shaved ice shop, and the Chinese restaurant we set out for called Noodles Everyday.
Noodles Everyday is the sister restaurant of Chinese restaurant, David’s Teahouse. To those from Binondo, it’s a familiar name, with their flagship branch located in Lucky Chinatown Mall. They recently opened this second branch in the Washington area of Makati with little fanfare. Their specialty, true to the name, is hand-pulled noodles, said to be pulled by expert noodle chefs from Mainland China. On the menu are the usual Chinese dishes: noodles, Hong Kong-style dimsum, soups, dumplings, and congee. The price point is above the usual run of Ghetto Grub, it makes up for it with generous servings . We ordered two of their noodle dishes and while we happily slurped them up, we were unable to finish them. The leftover noodles could have fed one more person.
We ordered the house special, the Everyday Special Ramen (PHP 168). It’s made of noodles in soup, with an assortment of chicken balls, beef balls, squid balls, and wanton with shredded vegetables. It was a fragrant, hearty broth, the kind you go looking for when you’re down with the cold. The noodles were thin, flat, and soft, the consistency of mami. I appreciated that it was evenly cooked, as most hand-pulled noodles I’ve had tended to have parts that were harder or more chewy than the others.
We also took a chance on the dry noodle dish, Minced Pork with Zhajiang Tossed Ramen (PHP 138). The Zhajiang is a specialty Beijing dish made of dry noodles topped with a sauce of minced pork. Noodle Everyday’s Zhajiang was heavy on the ginger with a sweet finish. As I’m partial to dry noodles I enjoyed this one more than the noodle broth we had.
I couldn’t resist ordering the Kuchay Dumpling, upon the recommendation of friends who have been there before. While it was the Kuchay Dumplings that first brought me there, it was the lowest point of the meal, as the pork mixed with the chives was on the rubbery side. It’s okay for the PHP 70 price tag, but I’ve had better mixed dumplings at other establishments.
If this review hasn’t convinced you that Noodles Everyday is a worth a visit, the crowd there will. As customers trickled in for the dinner rush, it was like we were transported to an unnamed side street eatery in Mong Kok, Hong Kong, with everyone else speaking in Chinese. It felt like Pam, myself, and the servers were the only Filipinos there. “I don’t know where we are anymore.” Pam said. Looks like Noodles Everyday brought in a part of Binondo to Makati, and it’s very welcome to stay.
Have you tried Noodles Everyday? What dishes did you try? Give recommendations with a comment below.
Address: G/F AGS Plaza, 5562 Washington St. cor Dela Rosa St, Brgy. Pio del Pilar, Makati