Monday, October 13, 2014

Zomato Foodie Meetup at Ling Nam Glorietta

Remember my Binondo Foodtrip / Photowalk last March? 
If you're looking for delicious and affordable dimsum and noodles,
I don't think you have to search that far to satisfy your comfort food cravings.

Ling Nam has been around for 60 years and it's famous for its delectable authentic Chinese noodles, congee and dimsum. With its comfortable ambiance, it will surely give you that memorable fast-casual dinning experience that will bring you back for more.

I am not Chinese but if you needed to know, the word "Ling Nam" roughly translates as the Southern mountaineers' province of Canton or Guangzhou, China where it draws inspiration from Cantoneese restaurants there.

Here are some of the food in their menu that I got to try specially prepared by their chief cook, Romeo.


Bola Siopao (P70)
Compared to your ordinary siopao these ones are huge! Probably twice the size of the regular ones. I wish I had a coin for comparison. Here's a random tip: in differentiating siopaos, look for the dots. If there isn't any, it's probably an asado. If there is, it's a bola bola. But if it has two dots, it's a red monggo. This one is a bola bola. I like how the salted egg goes well with the firm meat.

Asado Siopao (P70)
I'm more of an asado person. I like how this one is not too salty compared to those regular ones. The meat is so tender and quite easy to chew. No wonder it bagged the top spot in Manila's Best Siopao 3 years ago.
Just like their bola bola siopao, their servings are huge so it's probably good to share for two.

Pork Siomai (P70)
 I know you all are thinking the price is quite steep for your pork siomai. It is more expensive because other than it tastes good, it's really packed with lean meat. No extenders. This one I like with my toyomansi.

Hakaw (P135)
Hakaw is one of my all time favorites! Theirs in particular are not salty and good on its own.
Best served warm you could taste the shrimp and pork along with some bamboo shoot.
Here's another trivia: Hakaw is not too common because it is said that it's one of those dishes that are quite expensive to make.


Ham Suy Kok (P130)
This is the first time I got to try one of these and I fell in love immediately. Imagine the texture of that outer layer is similar to a soft sweet buchi skin while the filling inside is salty. It's one of those interesting things that you think won't really go along with each other but it does actually work, surprisingly.

Noodles with Soup

Beef Wanton Noodles (P180)
This is one of their signature Chinese noodles that they're really known for. This is one of the best soup bases I had. I can't even describe how soulful it is. The texture of the noodles are firm and never soggy. It never breaks easily and I don't know about the others but the siomai there tastes smoky and beef is cooked to perfection. It's really heavy and fulfilling that you'd get what you paid for.

Chicken Asado Noodles (P180)
Unfortunately, I haven't tried this one but my blogger friends were having a hard time deciding which of the two Chinese noodles they like more. They said the sauce goes well with the chicken noodle. Maybe I'll try this when I come back.

Sauteed Noodles

Beef Hofan (P265)
 This one is made with rice based noodles and classic stir fried beef and bean sprouts. I believe this is one of the group favorites because Rattus recalls how much she likes having this as a child and Vicky told me prior to ordering that she loves this and could finish a whole plate. Take note: a whole plate is good for 2-3 people. That's a huge appetite for a small girl. Kidding.


Dragon Shrimp Balls (P320)
One of the most creative presentations for a shrimp ball. If you're a shrimp ball fan, this one is setting the bar high. Compared to every other shrimp balls I've tried, this is the juiciest one I've had so far. Again, pure meaty goodness. No extenders because because the owner isn't a fan of extenders and wants only the best dining experience for the customers. Coated with a crispy deep-fried wanton wrapper it surely compliments the texture of the delicate minced shrimps.

Sweet and Sour Pork (P275)
 Accompanied by fresh vegetables, this Sweet and Sour Pork is very soft and the sauce is flavorful compared to those that I've tried at Chinese buffets and restaurants in the Metro.

Lemon Chicken (P270)
Another one of my delightful favorites, the Lemon Chicken never disappoints. The chicken meat soft and moist. It is very effortless to chew. And the sauce? You be surprised that it's actually sweet and not too sour. The lemon sauce is not too overpowering to the extent it won't cover up the flavor of the chicken meat. Awesome.


Home-Made Tofu with 3 Kinds of Mushroom (P240)
For the vegetarians I highly recommend this as well. This is one of my favorites because I have never tasted something quite similar to this dish. Imagine this slab of home-made tofu that tastes like tamago. It's sweet and soft plus the Tausi sauce is the bomb. The best part? Shitake and button mushrooms!!!


Yang Chow Rice (P220)
I think we're all familiar with Yang Chow Rice. It's good on it's own especially with those plump small shrimps and I think one serving of this is already good for 2-3 persons.

The happy faces and filled bellies!

Food & Lifestyle Bloggers with Ling Nam's Manager / Business Developer Sir Edwin, Zomato's Business Developer Vicky and Zomato's Community Manager Elaine.

Bloggers Rattus & Marilou along with Zomato's Anna and Vicky

If you want to experience the same tasty authentic Chinese meals that won't put a dent on your wallet, check out the nearest Ling Nam branch near you. They have eight conveniently located branches in Alonzo, Banawe, Cebu, Greenhills, Shopwise Commonwealth, Transcom Centre, Barrington Place and Glorietta 2.

If you want to know more about Ling Nam and their hot signature dishes, you could follow them at or check out their website at

Thank you Zomato Team and Sir Edwin Cunanan for making this foodie meetup possible!
Also, a big shoutout to their Captain Waiter Roger and Jayson for being patient with us until closing time and providing us excellent service!

PS: If you're a foodie and you have a Zomato account, tell me! Let's follow each other there, okay! :D


  1. Elaine and I will meet this Tuesday, October 21. Yey!

    I'm a Zomato foodie too. Let's connect? Here's mine

    1. Great to hear! I'm sure you'll definitely have fun just like I did!
      Followed you already, hope to get to know you more. :)


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