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Cheap Comfort: Asian-style

I am fairly sure that everyone who has had a pile of paperwork to sift through and Lord-only-knows how many deadlines to meet has experienced the need to eat fast.  I am also sure that you didn’t particularly relish the idea of scarfing down a greasy burger or an insipid sandwich.  We Asians should, thus, be grateful that more substantial – and actually delicious – fare can be found even for the most harried desk jockeys.

Shown here are what I had on one particularly harrowing day: a bowl of Mee Gee Noodles from Mr. Noodler and four pieces of pork and shrimp siomai [siu mai] from Siomai House.

The Mee Gee Noodles (P 79.00 a serve) are a spicy-sweet treat: stir-fried noodles, crisp veggies, and a mix of fish balls, prawn balls, and lobster balls.  The cup looks small, but it’s actually quite hefty and satisfying.

The siomai (P 25.00 for a four-piece serve) were nothing to write home about, but they were certainly tasty and rather meaty; I am not sure if there were any extenders used for these dumplings.

And now, back to work…  



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

2 thoughts on “Cheap Comfort: Asian-style

  1. i can relate! with my toxic duties before, i surely mastered the art of eating and taking showers in a heart beat, lol. it has become my talent to savor dining experience as much as i can and when need arises, chow down as if there’s deadlines left and right.

    regardless of its price, that oriental combo can suffice an empty stomach. why not?! 😀

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