I got hungry from going around the heritage town of Jimenez, admiring the many heritage houses and structures within this beautiful provincial place. And there was only thing in my mind, eat at Shanghai Noodle House. In the three times that I’ve been to this municipality, I’ve always made it a point to cap a visit with food in this quaint restaurant.
Shanghai Noodle House is just along the road, several meters right side when facing the church, at the next block. It’s located in a gorgeous early or mid 20th century wooden house with beautiful local architecture with hints of art deco. However, the restaurant is just located at the side, not inside of the house and serves familiar Filipino and Chinese cuisine.
A lovely garden greets one upon entering at the side entrance of the restaurant where beyond the wooden picket fence are wooden chairs and round tables dressed in red plastic mantles. It’s quaint, yet lovely, and reminds me of the old chinese restaurants in Cebu that, despite the advance of modernity, entering such places just brings you to a halcyon era.
The lomi, a noodle dish made with thick egg noodles, a thick soup, pieces of meat and vegetables with fresh egg beaten to it is good and filling. The ngo hiong, a popular Cebuano fried spring roll with meat and vegetable seasoned with five spice powder is crispy and hot too. While the shanghai lumpia, spring rolls, is tasty. If you’re eating solo, be wary of your order as these are usually good for 3-4 persons.
The best thing about eating in this restaurant for meals or snacks? It’s cheap, delicious and filling!