Taste the Asian Rainbow with MU Noodle Bar
I’ve always believed that well-traveled people with good taste have the potential to become good restaurant owners. So many owners that I’ve spoken to for the past two years have said that their passion for travel and culture has translated well into the food that they prepare for their customers. In that regard, the owners of MU Noodle Bar, Martin and Miguel Ledesma, have ventured into this business hoping to share stories of their travels to would-be patrons through their delicious Asian fusion dishes.
“MU is basically inspired by our frequent Hong Kong and Singapore trips,” Martin shares. “There, we enjoyed eating out because there were so many cheap but delicious food options. We got so many ideas; we’re picking out the best elements from all Asian countries and fusing them together to create our signature dishes.”
MU Noodle Bar, just like many restaurants these days, is a family venture. Martin said that all their recipes are results of a joint effort among his family members. His brother, Miguel, takes charge of the cooking due to his training from Enderun Colleges. “Our primary goal is to take all the traditional dishes and jazz them up,” Martin adds.
Located at Wilson Street in San Juan
Their current specialty is Chinese style noodle soup. At MU Noodle Bar, you can choose between two types of noodles (Udon or thin Hong Kong style noodles) and two kinds of soup (miso or soy). We were served their bestseller, Char Siu Noodle with miso soup and Hong Kong style noodles (P220). In homage to traditional ramen restaurants, this is the dish that they served first. Fans of pork-based soups are sure to love this because the broth is light yet tasty. The noodles are very thin, which goes well with the consistency of the soup. Be mindful of the size of the bowl, though; it is a pretty large serving that should be shared with some friends if you are intent on trying out the rest of their food.
Char Siu Noodle with miso soup and Hong Kong style noodles
Dong Bo Buns
X.O. Radish Cakes
3 Cup Chicken
Mu Milky Cup
Frozen Tarragon Tea“Foot traffic is getting better,” Martin says. “Most people who come here are families looking for some place to eat. At night, since we close late, we have couples looking for a place to drink. We’re also in the middle of expanding. We’re opening our second branch this third week of January in Glorietta 1.”
MU Noodle Bar is a good place to be. Its sleek and cozy ambiance will definitely help provide the mood for a comforting casual dining experience or a nice and quiet night out.