Monday, October 11, 2010


This is for my former boss, Conrado "Ding" Navarro, in memory of our dinner at the Hong Kong airport some 3 years ago while on our way to Benin in West Africa (bottom photo). He ordered this same dish --- Taiwan beef noodle from a restaurant with the same name --- and I took a photo of him eating it. He underwent a heart surgical procedure a year later and never fully recovered. I was leaving for the US then and his parting words to me were: "One month lang ako sa ospital. Pagbalik mo okey na ako."

The broth is rich and flavorful, the noodles firm and just right. The chunks of beef are tender and the litid is so soft it literally melts in the mouth. But all that is lost as the memories of 3 years ago came flashing back...

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