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Top 10 Best Lugaw in Manila
We list the yummiest lugaw--which range from P15 to P171--in Metro Manila.
Published on: Aug 20, 2010 - 3:00pm

Congee or rice porridge is an Asian favorite. The well-loved comfort food, which is perfect for rainy and under-the-weather days, goes by a different name in each country. Called bubur in Indonesia, chok in Thailand, and  babaw in Cambodia, in the Philippines, of course, it's called lugaw. Its variants--"culinary cousins," if you will--include the goto, pospas, and arroz caldo. As long as it involves the prolonged boiling of rice in water and the addition of various ingredients and flavorings it remains within the general category of what congee is. lists 10 tasty lugaw offerings--which range from P15 to P171--in Metro Manila. As we say, to each his own lugaw.


1066-B Pasong Tamo, Barangay Tejeros, Makati City
Open 24 hours daily

This lugaw (P15 for a bowl, P25 if you want to add slices of tripe or tuwalya) is as basic as you can get. Served in a plastic bowl, the dish comes with no more than bits of fried minced garlic, chopped chives, and a piece of calamansi. This is great for budget-conscious individuals desperate for a quick snack. Located in the non-posh part of Makati, the establishment hosts boundary-beating taxi drivers, the occasional wayward streetchild, and peddlers. Owing to its very affordable price, it has become so popular that a rival imitated its recipe and business model, erecting a store right across the same street, called Lugawan sa Pasong Tamo.


9. GOODAH!!!
Stall 1, EMP Building, Alabang Zapote Road, Las Piñas City with branches all over Metro Manila
Open 24 hours daily

At P35, a bowl of Goodah!!! Goto gives you bang for your buck. It has crushed chicharon, chopped chives, toasted garlic, and a generous helping of tripe. It seems like this lugaw has become one of the default picks for the post-gimik crowd.

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  • anton
    emerald congee should be on the list, tops even dragons
    2 months ago     Reply  
    Real and authentic lugaw can only be ranked by numbers of real aficionado lugaw eater (most probably masa).... Try to find MANG ROMY'S LUGAWAN in Valenzuela, and I will bet that he serve's the most tokwa't baboy in WORLD in every single day!!!
    8 months ago     Reply  
  • angelinesayoc
    Craving for lugaw during the rainy season? Check out Lugawan Republic in Paranaque and Quezon City!
    10 months ago     Reply  
    it is so yummy that's all Philippines thank you
    Jul 01 2013 @ 09:21pm     Reply  
  • Pickyeater
    Best tasting lugaw is here in Project 8 Quezon City.Payawal's Goto Station.
    Mar 22 2013 @ 08:38pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • purok7
      try in 899 gulod cabuyao laguna
      Jul 04 2013 @ 06:04pm     Reply  
  • naomi_890
    hindi naman masarap lugaw sa goodah
    Mar 01 2013 @ 11:58am     Reply  
  • bokbok
    @ana_hular san yan? nagccrave ako.. san banda sa pasig line. give the exact details.. highly appreciated.
    Jul 16 2012 @ 06:29pm     Reply  
  • ana_hular
    try nyo po sa lugawan ni apple dito sa pasigline sta ana manila meron pong laman na puso ,mata ng baka,utak, mansanilya,isaw and tuwalya
    Apr 24 2012 @ 11:33pm     Reply  
  • yuricrize
    pinakamasarap lugaw sa consumer sa crossing calamba near sm calamba....try nyo...20php special na mura na masarap...
    Feb 15 2012 @ 10:30pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • purok7
      try in 899 gulod cabuyao laguna
      Jul 04 2013 @ 06:04pm     Reply  
  • albert1720
    your top 10 lugaw should be "authentic lugaw" and its different with congee(chinese). the authenticity of your subject is to prevent people that they may think 2 dishes is the same... confusion i may say.
    Jan 15 2012 @ 03:21am     Reply  
  • Alitheia
    Gloria Maris congee should be in this list
    Dec 21 2011 @ 07:43am     Reply  
  • winnie manalo
    para sa akin, dito matatagpuan ang mga masasarap na lugaw...rna. OGO's sa may Panghulo, Malabonrnb. ONOY's sa may Concepcion, Malabon,rnc. Aling Auring's sa Navotas
    Nov 25 2011 @ 07:38am     Reply  
  • rein
    Ang pinaka the best naman ay yung carinderia sa baba mismo ng araneta station LRT 2. North gate wala pangalan. 6pm siya nagbubukas hangang mga 11pm or 12 lang yun kasi ubos palagi lugaw nila.
    Oct 27 2011 @ 01:10pm     Reply  
  • rein
    try niyo lugawan sa Kamuning malapit sa delgado hospital Kabayan's ang pangalan. Specialty nila mata ng kalbaw w/ puso ng labaw lugaw
    Oct 27 2011 @ 01:07pm     Reply  
  • buboy
    Try nyo ung lugawan sa Marketplace mandaluyong. Sarap ng lugaw sa Lady & Jazz.
    Sep 04 2011 @ 09:52am     Reply  
  • roseane
    Masarap po sa dragon and ho tsin ho even their noodle soup and siopao
    Aug 27 2011 @ 01:43pm     Reply  
  • jeniper bulalo
    ho tsin hornrnairport road pasay near domestic airportrnrnda best lugawan
    Aug 25 2011 @ 12:05pm     Reply  
  • rene
    And thanks to Spot for not including Jose's and Gloria's.. No matter how great they may have started, they lose their quality when they get to the malls..
    Aug 04 2011 @ 09:44am     Reply  
  • rene
    For those who can, try to find the 'Silver Box' lugawan on Washington Street, Barangay Pio del Pilar (near the barangay hall) in Makati.. The condiments are on the tables - garlic, chili, spring onions.. And what makes it the best for me is the tokwa't baboy, the baboy is lechon kawali. Open only at night, it's worth a trip after drinks..
    Aug 04 2011 @ 09:36am     Reply  
  • jaime
    how to join? we have black lugaw at Coconut House... please check it at coconuthousepinas.blogspot.comrnrntnx tnxrnrngod day!
    Aug 03 2011 @ 07:17pm     Reply  
  • myesharona
    "dahon ng sibuyas" is not chives, it's scallions.
    May 26 2011 @ 09:55am     Reply  
  • vic
    Dont forget Via Mare with their lugaw versions in their restaurants at rockwell, greenbelt and Edsa Shan mall or Aristocrat for the ambience and confortable surroundings.
    May 09 2011 @ 06:41pm     Reply  
  • sinful taste
    yap, affordable and delicious Lugaw ni Onoy in Malabon.
    Apr 07 2011 @ 09:47am     Reply  
  • angelina jolina
    may masarap na Lugawan sa PANGHULO MALABON AT MAY BRANCH PA SA CONCEPCION MALABON..ito Ang Lugaw ni Onoy, halos 20 yrs na sila kc bata p lng kami dun n kmi kumakain ng buong pamilya...sobrang mura kc sa halagang 20pesos busog concepcion branch nr the church must-try ang sisig nila at halohalo...i did try lugaw republic sa timog, sobrang ordinary ng lasa. and mahal pa 60 pesos.
    Apr 07 2011 @ 09:38am     Reply   Hide replies
    • junar
      try nyo po juns lugawan sa potrero malabon
      Dec 24 2013 @ 03:16pm     Reply  
  • ss
    Yehey, number 1 ang Dragon! I agree! :D
    Mar 26 2011 @ 02:57pm     Reply  
  • tsinoy
    Cheap lugaw sa mandaluyong "lugawan ni long hair" should be on the list.rnrnAlso, Gloria Mari ( Greenhills )with bicho bicho the best!
    Mar 11 2011 @ 06:32pm     Reply  
  • roger
    hindi na masarap lasa ng goto king ngayon ang mahal pa. sayang pera ko kahit sino makatikim hindi na uulit.
    Mar 07 2011 @ 04:53pm     Reply  
  • the best food in town
    Nice lugaw, affordable, but nothing really compares to Aling Tessie's
    Feb 27 2011 @ 12:44pm     Reply  
  • the best food in town
    and for lugaw, you definitely need to try Aling Tessie's Lugawan's Lugaw in Pateros, inexpensive yet very delicious!!! It really is the best lugaw in town!
    Feb 25 2011 @ 12:11pm     Reply  
  • the best food in town
    May-May's Tapsi really is the Best Tapsi In Town! You Should Try it!
    Feb 25 2011 @ 12:09pm     Reply  
  • manny
    Arroz cal do ni Paquito used to be the best !rn
    Jan 20 2011 @ 11:18pm     Reply  
  • jmie
    We have tried Pilo - and their Gotwa and tokwa't baboy..yumeee..2 thumbs up!
    Jan 15 2011 @ 06:38pm     Reply  
  • beverly
    its actually Superbowl of China not Asia
    Jan 10 2011 @ 11:47am     Reply  
  • anthony
    You should try Lugawan sa Pasong Tamo, that one is near PRC. That for me is better than sa Tejeros.
    Jan 06 2011 @ 05:18am     Reply  
  • zybard
    try nyu ung jose'goto sa sm fairvew d bestrn
    Dec 14 2010 @ 05:34pm     Reply  
    My gosh!!! I visited relatives in montalban last saturday and they took me to POSPAS NI ALING INES at MONTALBAN TOWN CENTER and I had the most delicious heartwarming comfort food that brought me back to my childhood. You guys should taste their pospas especially with bahay itlog. And it's cheap!!! 35 pesos with bahay itlog and 27 pesos with chicken, liver or gizzard. My tastebuds are still craving for it everyday. Trust guys won't regret it.
    Oct 06 2010 @ 01:43am     Reply  
  • Louie
    Saan tapat ang Dragon Noodle? Para madali makita.
    Sep 27 2010 @ 10:12am     Reply  
  • darkness
    dapat nasa list yung arroz caldo ng KFC. around 60 pesos tapos masarap.
    Sep 24 2010 @ 09:28pm     Reply  
  • Evi
    Did you guys try the goto master down in alabang zapote?
    Sep 23 2010 @ 08:51am     Reply  
  • Leo
    Dragon Noodles is really the best. Try their noodles as well.;-)
    Sep 20 2010 @ 06:42pm     Reply  
  • TheCharmed1
    I've tasted Lugawan Republic, my God! It's the worst lugaw. Para syang kaning baboy na pinaghalo halo ang ingredients. Me noodle, etc. para nga syang pansit palabok na ginawang sopas as in kadiri talaga! God I hate it! and it was SOBRANG O-I-L-Y! Anyway, madami naman ata me gusto me mga regulars eh, I still love the typical lugaw its not lugaw anymore if you re-invent it to something else.
    Sep 20 2010 @ 02:53pm     Reply  
  • TracyG
    Try Macky's Goto in Marikina near Marikina shoes museum...It's the best and been there for years!
    Sep 19 2010 @ 10:18am     Reply  
  • lhise
    yup for me, the best talaga ang congee at Dragon... since childhood days talagang dinadayo namin sya, fave ng dad ko yan e. Actually, how many times na silang palipat lipat ng location but within the same street naman din
    Sep 17 2010 @ 05:06pm     Reply  
  • Zed
    I agree with the number 1 choice. Dragon Noodles halo halo congee is really something else. It's been quite some time since I last visited the place. After reading your article I am craving for their halo-halo congee again. Yum Yum!
    Sep 16 2010 @ 11:29am     Reply  
  • Helbert
    I think Ling Nam's lugaw deserves a spot here. The main branch is in Alonzo street in downtown Manila. They also have a branch in greenhills. Very basic lang but sarap ng taste.
    Sep 14 2010 @ 08:22am     Reply  
  • marites
    Yes, Dragon Noodle Center serves the best halo halo congee in town. Yummy talaga, I eat halo halo lugaw without kidney & hiwalay bicho every week. I used to eat there with my partner every friday morning and we will order beef wanton mami & congee. super enjoy kami, now I still eat there & enjoy their congee with or without company.
    Sep 13 2010 @ 04:20pm     Reply  
  • ola
    dragon really isss the best
    Sep 12 2010 @ 03:47pm     Reply  
  • Jayvy
    MACKYS GOTO in Marikina for onlyP22 sulit na sulit siya plus ung Tokwa lalo na ung Baboy sobra sarap di sayang binayad nyo. Go to Mackys in Marikina its located before Capt Moy and OLA CHurch or infront of newly opened BPI.
    Sep 12 2010 @ 11:39am     Reply  
  • Jayvy
    Kindly search Mackys Goto in Marikina! its the best goto there i
    Sep 12 2010 @ 11:36am     Reply  
  • marielle
    im looking for the best lugaw with pork innards... yung may tuwalya, isaw, etc... i hope you make a list of small times lugaw places...
    Sep 11 2010 @ 07:39pm     Reply  
  • esi
    lugaw ni Onoy in Malabon is delicious! you should try it.
    Sep 10 2010 @ 03:09pm     Reply  
  • Fox Bautista
    Just a correction: The chopped green vegetable on lugaw is not chives. It's spring onion (also known as green onion), which is totally different.
    Sep 03 2010 @ 07:58am     Reply  
  • Athan
    The UNLIMITED LUGAW in Sta. Mesa Manila is the best!!! unlimited lugaw for just 7 pesos... I survive in PUP with the help of this lugawan. :)
    Sep 01 2010 @ 02:57pm     Reply  
  • marina 10
    hmmmmm goto king!
    Aug 31 2010 @ 07:39pm     Reply  
  • Jake Peralta
    Macky's Lugawan in Marikina should be in the list :) only Php22 and super sarap!
    Aug 23 2010 @ 10:21pm     Reply  
  • janice
    chowking's and maxim's should also be included on the list.
    Aug 23 2010 @ 10:12am     Reply  
  • justin
    call me lazy but i stand by north park's ultimate congee haha. that and a taipao on the side. best comfort food ever! and as mentioned before, luk yuen's pork and century egg is great too
    Aug 21 2010 @ 09:02pm     Reply  
  • yumyum
    cornelio's in front of san andres church. a hole in the wall that's a little icky but their lugaw with isaw is so yum! you can put as much toasted garlic bits and scallions as you like.
    Aug 21 2010 @ 06:55pm     Reply  
  • Jean
    i like lugawan republic's. i don't like the ones that have raw egg on them. but i wish i can try all the rest. thanks, spot.
    Aug 21 2010 @ 01:35pm     Reply  
  • ai80
    i don't think lugawan republic will make my top 10... its not tasty enough... think you should've included Kabayan's in kamuning... the goto paired with cow's eyeballs and tokwa't baboy... the best! Jessica Soho even featured it in her show...
    Aug 21 2010 @ 08:59am     Reply  
  • Irene
    Yum! This made me hungry for lugaw. Thanks Spot. Nice post
    Aug 21 2010 @ 12:58am     Reply  
  • Tita Aida
    The best lugaw in Manila is at the Mabuhay Lounge of PAL at the Centennial Terminal.
    Aug 21 2010 @ 12:01am     Reply  
  • chloe
    hmm, okay yung mga nilista, pero lugawan republic? overpriced and di naman masyadong masarap. dun nalang ako sa tig-P20 na plain lugaw sa kabayan's sa may kamuning. yun ang the best!
    Aug 20 2010 @ 10:37pm     Reply  
  • irvin john
    Lugawan Republic's Goto Hell is the best, maangas ang lasa, panalong panalo, first hot n spicy lugaw in the country. a must try, with extra order of quail eggs. yummm..
    Aug 20 2010 @ 10:19pm     Reply  
  • Carlo
    Wala pa ring tatalo sa lugawan sa pureza at teresa. Pati yung lugawan sa cubao. Bottomless lugaw, laman lang ang babayaran.
    Aug 20 2010 @ 09:18pm     Reply  
  • sissy
    luk yuen's congee with century egg is heaven!
    Aug 20 2010 @ 07:11pm     Reply  
  • quiapo
    of all the establishments mentioned, wala ata nag-offer ng mata ng baka, puso, at laman-loob sa goto...
    Aug 20 2010 @ 06:24pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • junar
      try nyo po juns lugawan sa potrero malabon may mata ng baka , utak ng baka , puso isaw at twalya ng baka meron din dila ng baboy at lechon kawali con tokwa
      Dec 24 2013 @ 03:25pm     Reply  
    • junar
      try nyo po juns lugawan sa potrero malabon may mata ng baka , utak ng baka , puso isaw at twalya ng baka meron din dila ng baboy at lechon kawali con tokwa
      Dec 24 2013 @ 03:27pm     Reply  
  • nunsee
    goto king for me and for my baby! :)
    Aug 20 2010 @ 05:42pm     Reply  
  • Tabs
    Yup, Dragon Noodle Center deserves the #1 spot! I suddenly miss their bola-bola congee (with extra b*tcho) which I used to eat every week. Yummy and super-filling!
    Aug 20 2010 @ 04:37pm     Reply  
  • Ann
    Abi: Dragon Noodle Center is along M.H. del Pilar Street. If my memory serves me right, it's near the corner of T.M. Kalaw.
    Aug 20 2010 @ 04:28pm     Reply  
  • abi
    saan banda ung dragon noodle sa malate?
    Aug 20 2010 @ 04:04pm     Reply  
  • Ashley
    I think the Lugawan Republic's version looks really tasty!
    Aug 20 2010 @ 03:26pm     Reply  
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