North Park Noodles in Marquee Mall, Pampanga
Budget : ~Php100-200 per dish
Duration : ~1-2 hours
Bummers : none so far
Driving through NLEX from Tarlac to Manila, I noticed Marquee Mall on the right side just near the Angeles Toll Exit in Pampanga. Marquee Mall has been there for quite a while but I still haven’t gone to see it. So I decided that instead of eating on one fastfood resto in an expressway stopover, I could pay Marquee Mall a visit.
As far as I know Marquee Mall is one of the many Ayala malls in the country. As expected, it looked so posh inside with its white and marble-like tiles. Outside the mall, there is a park-like area where you can stroll and simply chill out.
When we left our house in Tarlac, we ate a very early brunch so we were already starving when we reached NLEX. When we reached Marquee Mall, we just walked around a little and began searching for a good spot to dine. We saw North Park and even if it has lots of branches in the metro, we decided to try it here because there are not a lot of food options in Marquee Mall.
At first, I thought it only served noodles because the name of the restaurant is North Park Noodles. But in reality, it served different Chinese dishes such as dumplings, noodles, congee, Chinese fried rice, roasts, and teas. I was happy to know that it was a Chinese resto.
It was sunny outside so I wanted to start with a refreshing beverage. From the menu, it says that their Fresh Lemonade (Php 67) is a must try. Based from what I have experienced, I highly recommend this drink. I wish there were more restos that offer this citrus surprise.
Isabel had the Cold Soya Bean Milk (Php 73). Well, she’s more daring than me. And it has milk, I didn’t want my stomach to act up.
For a change, we got the North Park Special Fried Rice with Sauce (Php 228) instead of the usual Yang Chow. The serving was big, I think 3 to 4 people can share. They asked us if we want the sauce mixed with the rice. I didn’t think there will be a lot of sauce so I said yes. Here is how it was served.
The sauce is a play on sweet and salty flavors. I find it new for my taste buds and it was quite interesting. However, if you don’t want your rice to be too wet, I recommend you ask them to separate the sauce.
Then, we ordered the China Chicken (Php 253). It is half of a fried chicken served with Hoisin sauce. I didn’t like the Hoisin sauce that much because it was a little too sweet for my palate. There is another fried chicken dish from North Park, the Shanghai Chicken. Its difference from the China Chicken is only the sauce. The Shanghai Chicken is served with a spicy sauce.
We also got the Wok Fried Lapu-Lapu Fillet in Superior Sauce (Php 234). The fish was soft and tender. The sauce is very tasty.
Will try other dishes in North Park in the future especially its dim sums and noodles. I bet they would be delicious.
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