Lido Cocina Tsina finds a new home
MANILA, Philippines — Long before there were fast-food chains, the baby boomers of Manila would celebrate their childhood birthdays in any famous Chinese restaurant in the city, with pancit, the symbol of long life, at the center of it all. It was technically the era’s “fast food” since the term pansit was coined from pian-sit, a Hokkien phrase that means “something quickly cooked.”
Panciteria Lido was one of those go-to eateries, located on T. Alonzo St. in Sta. Cruz, Binondo. Aside from its famous noodles, the modest panciteria had another signature dish, the delectable Chinese pugon asado that’s carefully roasted for three hours in a brick oven. A Cantonese chef known as Mr. Lido handed down the recipe, which is now recreated daily at Lido’s commissary.
In 1994, the unique Chinese restaurant introduced another iconic offering as it started using the stylish syphon to brew its own special coffee blend. The method predates the espresso and is globally praised as one of the best brewing techniques ever invented, as it needs skill and precision to produce a full-bodied cup of coffee.
The bestselling chami special: Lido Cocina Tsina used to be called Panciteria Lido.
As calesas continued roaming the streets of Binondo, Lido’s fusion of Chinese, Filipino and Spanish fare — some loyal customers visit the restaurant just for its camaron rebosado — attracted generations of patrons and, soon after, “foodies,” as it expanded to other parts of the Metro. It has also changed its name to Lido Cocina Tsina, emphasizing the wider array of gastronomic offerings.
After 67 years in Binondo, Lido opened a branch on E. Rodriguez, Quezon City, in the early 2000s. Today, the restaurant serves delicious a la carte and party platters in 15 branches around the Metro and nearby areas.
Recently, Lido officially opened its new branch on Shaw Blvd., just a few blocks away from the original Shaw location. The 60-seater restaurant serves Filipino and Chinese breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., to the delight of morning people looking for a delicious bowl of noodles or congee with dim sum sides, or classic fried-rice meals made premium by mouthwatering asado slices.
Breakfast is available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., but you can order a full-bodied cup of syphon-brewed coffee any time of day.
“Lido is No. 1 in heritage,” says Lido president Annie Wong. “A brand should be able to differentiate itself, and we are proud to offer signature products that other Chinese restaurants don’t have. Plus, we don’t put MSG in our food.”
She adds, “Our restaurants are spotless, which disproves the common notion that Chinese restaurants are unclean. We really train our people to deliver legendary service.”
Through the years, Lido has captured generations of food-lovers, from those reminiscing about their younger years in the old panciteria in Binondo, to the younger ones looking for honest comfort food amid today’s fast-paced lifestyle.
Lido Cocina Tsina GM Mark Wu, president Annie Wong and Mandaluyong City Councilor Charisse Abalos lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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Lido Cocina Tsina Shaw is located at 561 Shaw Plaza One Building, Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong. Other branches are on Quezon Ave., Visayas Ave., Mindanao Ave., E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., Banawe, and Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City; UN Ave., Manila; Roxas Blvd., Pasay; Chino Roces cor. Sabio Sts., Makati; Alabang-Zapote Road, Las Piñas; Sucat, Parañaque; Bacoor, Cavite; and Ortigas Ext., Cainta. It will soon open in Pasig.
The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For delivery, call 888-LIDO (5436). Visit www.lidococinatsina.com and follow LidoCocinaTsina on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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