Maki or Makimi is a pork, chicken or beef soup, with or without noodles, in a very thick broth. While we don’t know the exact techniques used at the Maki Place, they appear to use the Chinese “velveting” process where the pork, chicken or beef are coated with a mixture of cornstarch, egg white and oil, given a rest and then cooked in either oil or broth. This gives the ingredients a lustrous, velvety texture.
If you have not tried this specialty give it a try at the Maki Place on Benavidez Street, just across from the Manila Chinatown Hotel. It’s a small, economical, unpretentious restaurant, the perfect place for your first bowl of Maki. Be sure to ask for noodles with your Maki, otherwise it will come without them. Photos follow.
808-A Benavidez cor. Salazar St., Binondo. Phone +63-2-245-7669, +63-2-468-3978