Charlie’s Wanton Special is a Hole-In-The-Wall Chines neighborhood restaurant in Mandaluyong and San Juan where they have 3 generations of following from their patrons. It is straightforward, no-frills Chinese restaurant staying true to their core product- Serving the best damn noodles in Metro Manila.
The restaurant looks like an air-conditioned canteen from the 90’s which was leveled up by having an A/C. Ample parking space up front with an old beaten up signage hanging above their mango tree between Meralco wires.
Since their specialty is their noodle soup dish they have a special open kitchen dedicated to that dish where you can see the assigned chef whip out and create egg noodles from scratch while large pots of broth surround him.
The Beef Wanton Mami is probably of the best or THE BEST. Flavorful and clean tasting beef stock, fresh hand pulled egg noodles that are chewy and cooked perfectly, meatball size wantons and their beef chunks reminds me a lot of authentic Chinese pares.
CHARLIE BEEF WANTON SPECIAL (medium P155.00 / large P175.00).
If you’re looking for affordable, no BS and authentic Beef Wanton Noodles head over to this humble nook in Mandaluyong. Customer service is great actually, it was pretty evident that their wait staff has been loyal to them for more than 20 years.
The place does need a serious upgrade though, but that what gives these authentic hole- in–the- wall restaurants a lot of character right? We’d rather be eating here that to those ‘Instagram-worthy‘ facade driven mediocre food establishments that we see peppered around popular places nowadays. Check them out.
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Charlie Wanton Special