Light Snack at Noodle King N.S. Amoranto Street

It was an overcast afternoon when our group decided visited the famed La Loma in Calavite street and N.S. Amoranto ( formerly called Retiro street).

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Noodle King Pares and Mami House

Rows of lechon restaurants, karinderia and pares houses were located within this street. The restaurants had their own share of loyal clientele tucked to its long and colorful culinary heritage.

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Quezon City and Manila boundary 

The area serves as a border between Manila North Cemetery and Manila Chinese Cemetery.

The group decided to have “Pag pagpag” which is a Tagalog word to ” shake off “or “loosen off” or “to remove”. It is a common superstitious belief that one can does not go directly to one’s home after attending a funeral, wake or cemetery unless they have done the pagpag.

It was a superstitious belief probably influenced by the Chinese and Malay, that one must visit a go-in between place after visit attending a wake, funeral or cemetery. ( Usually restaurant, church or convenient store).

This is to confuse any bad spirits or elements which can done harm to the immediate family or friends of the deceased person.

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rows of roasted pig on charcoal pits

One must spend time eating or doing something like changing clothes before going home. Just to avoid any mishap or misfortune to one’s family. Another common belief is that without doing the Pagpapagpag, death can come to immediate family or friend who attended the wake or funeral.

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The Original Pares

We decided to eat at the Original Pares House, Unfortunately the pares house is full and the group have to wait between 20 to 30 minutes before the group can eat.

Jonas Pares House is another choice, but a little further down the road.

Noodle King Pares and Mami House

Noodle King is known for their noodles, beef pares, siomai, siopao, chicken barbecue, rice topping, pork asado, sizzling meals, fried chicken, arroz caldo, tokwat baboy, chicken, wanton noodles, mami and silog meals.

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Noodle King menu board

The restaurant is well lighted, large signage. They also had an air-conditioned room good for 20 people and an area which can accommodate between 30 to 40 people at any given time.

halo-halo

Halo-halo

Most of my friends and participants ordered their halo-halo. The halo-halo had a generous serving of ube halaya.

soup

complimentary soup

My fried ordered their pares meal and it comes with free soup. Their pares is presented in big bowl and with bigger portion compared to Original Pares and Jonas Pares. But taste different compared to the two pares house. Sauce is a little bit on the sweet side.

siopao

siopao

Siopao is large, but there are other restaurants which had big portion of siopao and more tasty ones.

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Siomai is quite generic, some commercially sold siomai in packs taste more flavorful. The saving grace is the chili oil.

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black gulaman

Black gulaman is a bit okey, not too sweet compared to other black gulaman from other restaurants.

mais con yelo

mais con yelo

Mais con yelo is not too sweet, however we were quite disappointed that it was serve this way. One was serve with the halo-halo cup while the other one was serve using ordinary plastic cup. It makes us wonder that they must try to have more halo-halo cup.

The restroom is well lighted and clean. Which is a plus point for any restaurant.

Overall, They must try to improve their menus and service. It took us a while before they filled-up our orders.

Noodle King Pares and Mami House

Address: N.S. Amoranto street ( formerly called Retiro street ) corner Dr. Alejo Santos street, La Loma , Quezon City

Operations : Mondays to Sundays from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

7 Fun Activities at La Loma Lechon Festival

La Loma district is known for her cockpit, rows of restaurants, pares house, mid-century houses , Our Lady of Lourdes shrine, schools and lechon parade.

Aling Nelia lechon

The festival started with on- the spot cooking challenge using parts of lechon ( roasted pig) as the main ingredient.

Quezon City tourism officers and judges

trophies were given to the cooking challenge winners

roasted pig

La Loma Lechon Capital arch

free sample energy drinks

7 Fun Activities at La Loma Lechon Festival

tarpaulin poster

7.) Street Boodle Flights ( Salu-salo sa Kalye) – tickets are given to the participants who wish to participate at the street boodle fights. Some residents would allow visitors to eat with them.

buffet lunch meal

street children , residents of La Loma and North Cemetery were given some stubs.

residents cooked viands and meals in front of their houses

Monchie’s Lechon

6.) FREE Buffet meal – Some of the establishments would allot between 50 to 120 tickets to the residents of La Laloma, nearby North Cemetery and visitors were invited to partake at their lunch or afternoon buffet.  It is a form of “Thanksgiving” and celebration of the feast of our lady of salvacion.

Mr. Ramon Ferreros standing in front of his lechon stall

Mr. Ramon Ferreros of Monchie’s Lechon and ( Laloma Lechoneros Association -president) His staff gave away 100 food stubs during the event. Most of the stubs were given to the residents of La Loma, Santa Cruz , North Cemetery and participants of the festival.

Mila’s Lechon

JCI-Quezon City chapter

5.) Performance of Quezon City Symphonic band – One can watch the live performances of the famed symphonic band.

Quezon City symphony band

street dancers

street dancers in colorful costumes

large costumes

band from Angono, Rizal province

4.) Street Dancers from different schools within Quezon City – Lively street dancers with interesting costumes and lively music.

Aling Nelia and Mang Tony’s Lechon Hauz

Ping Ping lechon

Monchie’s Lechon

lechon dress as a fireman

3.) Lechon Parade– several floats bedeck trucks and firetruck with lechon dress in native Filipino costumes.

2.) Religious Procession – Several processional carriages with religious icons and Nuestra Señora de Salvacion are paraded on the streets within Laloma.

1.) Firework Display– A fiesta is incomplete without its lively fireworks display.

Mr. Ramon Ferroros ( president of La Loma Lechoneros Association )

Note: The author would like to ” Thank” Mr. Ramon Ferreros of Monchie’s Lechon for the warm accommodation and sumptuous lunch buffet.

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