Lam Tin Tea House

Lam Tin Tea House Banawe

30-U Banawe St cor Cuenco St Sienna, Quezon City Metro Manila Philippines (02) 708-0989 to 90
Lam Tin Tea House 4 5 1 0
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Lam Tin looks like an abbreviated, contemporary version of the old noodle palaces in Binondo. It sits at a corner of Banawe in QC in a busy neighborhood just past the clutches of the auto repair shops. You can imagine the wide variety of harried diners: clerks, families on a tight budget, auto mechanics, messengers, everyone longing for pancit and siopao.

I've eaten here 3 times. The first time was just for convenience. We were hungry and happened to pass by in time for a late lunch. The roasted garlic and pepper sauce (you know, in the little metal pots at each table) was so good with a squeeze of kalamansi, that we've returned whenever possible. The house tea is also served scalding hot, perfect to accompany a quick meal.

On this most recent visit, there were 3 of us. We had
lo han chay P180
ma po beancurd P180
beef ampalaya and rice P105
halo halo noodles P125
coke P35
plain rice P28

All the food was served quickly. We tucked in right away. The lo han chay was cooked the way I like it--cabbage done just crisp, with baby corn, bamboo shoots, 2 kinds of mushroom (from a can, but this is also true in higher end Chinese restaurants), green peas. I had a taste of the ampalaya. It was also cooked to nutritious perfection, still crisp and devoid of bitterness. The ma po beancurd was made with silken tofu still in whole cubes instead of mushed and with tasty chunks of lean pork meat. Next time I order this dish I will ask that it be cooked with extra chili.

We took a couple of teaspoons of the roasted garlic and chili paste from the metal pot, careful to drain off that orange oil, and then added the juice of a kalamansi. It goes well with everything!

The food was spot on--satisfying and reasonably priced. We took home 6 orders of assorted siopao (lotus was not available that day, but asado, chicken and bola bola were) to share with friends and family. Each order has 2 pao with a decent amount of meat and all were nicely flavored. Not bad for P70/2 buns.

Total bill was P1073 less P43.53 senior discount.

3 years ago

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Type
Chinese Casual Dining
Budget
P1 - 150
Hours
  • M, T, W, Th, F, Sa, Su: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
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