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Jupiter Archives #1: Quality Chinese Food at Lutong Macau

Friday night crowds are usually something I try to avoid. Busy malls don’t appeal to me, so I look for restaurants in isolated buildings or street corners instead. Lately though, I find myself drawn to the famous Jupiter St. in Makati, where a row of restaurants line the length of the street one after the other. 

While I have eaten at some of the eateries on the street before, I want to make it a goal to try them all  (and write my stories) before the year ends. We’ll be starting off with Lutong Macau, an oriental restaurant that’s a popular spot for small gatherings among Makati corporate drones.

Friday night feast

Luckily, the place wasn’t too crowded when we got there. We were ushered to our table pretty quickly and were welcomed with the very distinct smell of Chinese cooking. Our predicament was that we wanted to try many dishes, but as there were just two of us, it seemed a bit indulgent to order too much on a regular night.

Lutong Macau Combination Platter (p360)
The compromise we made was to order the Lutong Macau Combination Platter, Yang Chow Fried Rice (p280), and a side dish of Shrimp Hakaw Dumpling. The platter was a feast enough in itself, it included delicious portions of roast chicken, roast pork, pata tim, jelly fish, and slices of century egg. The jellyfish deserves special mention, it’s fan-frickin’-tastic.
Steamed Shrimp Hakaw Dumpling (p108)
Although the platter and Yang Chow rice made a scrumptious meal more than enough for two, I couldn’t resist to get an  order of the Steamed Shrimp Hakaw Dumpling on the side. And it didn’t disappoint. It’s a bit pricey but very well worth it, each dumpling had a couple of chunky shrimps in soft dumpling wrapper steamed to perfection.

If you crave for authentic Chinese food that’s easily accessible (meaning you don’t have to brave going to Binondo or cross countries to China), head over to Lutong Macau, their nomz are definitely closer to the real thing compared to the nomz from popular Filipinized Chinese restaurants in the city.

Lutong Macau
Location: 116 Jupiter St., Makati
Contact Number: (+632) 896-7777
Other info: Lutong Macau Facebook page 

Up next on the Jupiter Archives is the quaint little vegetarian restaurant called Corner Tree Cafe. ^_~

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