Over the past few days, heavy rains and strong winds prevailed over Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces due to the southwest monsoon. In fact, according to weather forecasts by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration, light to moderate rains are expected until Friday.
With this cold and rainy weather, people often crave the comfort of a hot noodle soup or stew. But have you ever wondered why? Biology explains it best: the human body functions at an optimum temperature of 37 degrees Celsius. So once the surrounding temperature becomes cold, our bodies tend to adapt and feel cold, which eventually leads to finding ways to warm up, like eating a hot bowl of noodle soup.
During these cold and rainy days, satisfy your noodle soup cravings at these CHiNOY TV-approved restaurant picks.
Tuan Tuan Chinese Brasserie
At Tuan Tuan Chinese Brasserie, you can create your own noodle soup by choosing your preferred soup base among original halibut soup, malay laksa soup, and thai tom yum goong soup. You also have the option to select your type of noodles, from a selection that includes ramen noodles and vermicelli noodles. For the toppings, you may choose from various options such as beef tendon, pork charsiu, mushroom ball, and fish tofu, among others.
Tim Ho Wan
Beef noodle soup is definitely a crowd favorite, and Tim Ho Wan’s version of beef brisket tendon noodle soup should be on top of the list! The tender beef tendon noodle soup at this Michelin-starred restaurant is braised for over three hours and is paired with springy Hong Kong-style egg noodles in a rich broth livened by authentic Chinese spices.
Ersao offers a light version of beef noodles dubbed as Beef Stew Noodles for those who don’t prefer a heavy soup base. Light yet savory, this offering features a top with thin slices of beef and house special black vinegar dipping sauce served on the side.
On the other hand, if you prefer a thick soup base, traditional Japanese ramen is the way to go. Ippudo’s Karaka-Men features the brand’s original tonkotsu broth served with thin wavy noodles, pork belly, kikurage, and spring onions. Special spicy miso with ground pork and fragrant garlic oil add a kick to the senses.
Wangfu’s Hainanese Chicken offers a different take on noodle soup with its signature savory Hainanese chicken. It’s the perfect comfort food on a rainy day if you prefer white meat and a lighter broth.
At Mandarin Sky, no need to choose only on soup broth because you can have two! The restaurant’s double hot pot specialty comes with a regular broth and a more rich saté soup served in a Yin and Yang-style pot, with fixings such as sliced meats, seafood balls, and vegetables.
What’s your favorite noodle soup on rainy days? Let us know in the comments below!