Lugang Cafe: A Tale of Taiwan Treats

LC1Once upon a time, there were two hungry folks. One wanted Xiao Long Bao while the other craved for Crispy Chicken Nuggets. In a land called Glorietta, where could one find a place that served both dishes? With its bright red logo shining and palm trees swaying inside, Lugang Café beckoned these hungry folks to serve up not only these dishes but also other tasty Taiwan treats.

LCLC4LC3Going for a fairy tale theme? Nah. But dining here was one story. I was the one craving for the nuggets while my dad wanted the Xiao Long Bao. Nope, the trees weren’t swaying but it was a nice addition to the place. Makes it somewhat fresh, warm and tropical inside.

Tapioca Pearl Bubble Milk Tea (P 140)
Tapioca Pearl Bubble Milk Tea (P 140)

I couldn’t forget my first taste of this at their Mall of Asia branch. It was one of the best milk teas I’ve tasted. But this one somehow erased that memory. The mix was still good but the pearls were a bit undercooked. Its center was a bit hard. I prefer pearls that are cooked all the way through yet not that soft, and still possessing that not-so-hard consistency.

Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao (P 248)
Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao (P 248)
Xiao Long Bao sauce
Xiao Long Bao sauce

LC_xlb1Their Xiao Long Bao was good. Good soup on the inside. It would be best to dip it in the sauce after sipping some of that soup. I still prefer the ones from Crystal Jade though.

Taiwanese Crispy Chicken Nuggets (P 190)
Taiwanese Crispy Chicken Nuggets (P 190)

Taiwanese I can eat this plate all by myself. I really can! It’s good. It’s fried well yet not being oily. Good flavor on this one too. Though some don’t like eating the leaves, I eat them. They’re good! 😛

Black Pepper Beef Fried Rice (P 260)
Black Pepper Beef Fried Rice (P 260)

I was expecting this to be somewhat spicy but it was just flavorful. With strips of beef that were tender, one could have this as a meal on its own.

Taiwanese Salt and Pepper Squid (P 290)
Taiwanese Salt and Pepper Squid (P 290)

LC_squid1Another not-so-oily dish that was seasoned well. Good pair to the flavorful rice.

Stir-fried String Beans with Minced Pork (P 280)
Stir-fried String Beans with Minced Pork (P 280)

It might look like this was overcooked but it was cooked just right. The string beans still had this crunch effect. There are hidden peppers so one should watch out when eating this dish.

LC5As the plates were being emptied bite after bite, tummies were slowly filled with Taiwan treats. Okay. Really cannot pull this fairy tale theme off. Haha. But the chefs and servers pulled some good Taiwanese food and service at this place. So if you’re looking or craving for some Taiwan treats, look no further as Lugang Café has the answer.

Lugang Cafe
G/F Glorietta 2, Ayala Center,
Glorietta Complex, Makati City
Official website: http://www.lugangcafe.com.ph/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lugang-Cafe/195092840524714
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LugangCafe
Instagram: http://instagram.com/lugangcafe

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