Mazendo - Johnny eats Taiwanese Favorites

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Even though I now work at BGC, I still frequently visit Makati to meet friends or previous work colleagues. For this visit, we tried one of the new restaurants in Salcedo Village offering Taiwanese specialties such as beef noodle soup and dumplings. The restaurant also has Zomato 1 + 1 food promo (though they have already changed their terms and conditions so it's not that #SoSulitPAPA anymore. Read more here: )

Upon entering the restaurant, we are already greeted by a very wide communal table surrounded by individual seats. The place is decorated with very modern Oriental designs and murals. Since we visited late (near closing) in the evening, we are still able to talked with each other but imagining the setup during busy hours, I belive there will be less chance of interaction with your companions.

We ordered some of their best sellers as follows
Mala Noodles (with beef or pork slices - Php360.00 with choice of spice level from 1 to 3 chili)

Red Roast Beef Noodle (Php350.00) #YesPAPA

For the two dishes above, the noodles are just the same, soft but still gives a bite. The difference between the two lies in the soup and the meat. The soup of the first dish is spicy and a little bit earthy, maybe because of the spices used, while the meat is beef strips with little fat. On the other hand, the Red Roast noodles' soup is sweeter, very similar to braised beef, while the tender more chewy meat and has more fat. The Mala Noodles is also automatically spicy, we chose the lowest spice level expecting that there will be 'ohver ohver' spiciness but its very tolerable. One of my companions, who has very low spicy tolerance, was able to taste and eat some of it. The conclusion of the group, however, is that the Red Roast beef noodles is better in terms of overall taste and texture of the dish.
Pan fried dumplings (Php240.00) #YesPAPA

Spicy oil dumplings (Pork or Vegetarian - Php220.00)

According to my companions, the pan fried dumplings are a hit or a miss to them based on their previous visits to Mazendo. Luckily for me, I can say the pan fried dumplings is good. A combination of crispy bottom and yummy filling. The dish is also turns out to be not as dry as I expected. The spicy oil dumplings is nicely seasoned and not bland. The wrapper is also not that thick and the filling is just the right amount.
Taiwanese Style Pork Chop Fried Rice (Php320.00 with rice)

Although good by itself (pork chop is tasty and fried rice is well-seasoned), this dish is somewhat overshadowed by the other dished we ordered.
Mapo Tofu Rice (Php325.00 with rice)

This dish is the BOMB. Right from the moment it was served to us, the sizzle and the smoke coming from the dish will already get your attention. Even the ceramic bowl (or pot) is quite unique as compared to the other serving plates used. Every spoonful of tofu and pork topped with spicy sauce is a combination of delightful texture and taste.

For drinks, we ordered milk tea from Chatime (inside Mazendo), which made my night even more happy since I was craving for some milktea goodness that time.

All in all, Mazendo offers authentic Taiwanese food that are just #YesPAPA but also #SulitPAPA. Even with the very modern style, the prices are not that intimidating and the servers are efficient, prompt, and accommodating.



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Johnny Eating Sugar: Mazendo - Johnny eats Taiwanese Favorites
Mazendo - Johnny eats Taiwanese Favorites
mazendo, taiwanese, makati, noodles, mala, spicy, johnny eating sugar, johnny eats, milk tea, mapo tofu, soup, beef, pork
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