|New Toho Food Center|
|Ground floor dining area|
After awhile, 4 of the owners decided to return to China leaving Toho to Tai Tang. His 7 children eventually took over management of the place. In 1984, a fire razed the old wooden building and the restaurant was rebuilt, this time in sturdy concrete, and renamed as New Toho Food Center. Today, Tai Ping's grandchildren manage the place.
In Hokkien, the word toho means "just enough." Four Philippine presidents, actor Fernando Poe Sr. (father of Fernando Poe, Jr.), actress and singer Katy de la Cruz and Manila Mayor Arsenio Lacson have all dined here.
It is also believed that National Hero Jose Rizal, during his student days, frequented the place for its pancit canton and lumpiang shanghai. Still located at its original site, it is the oldest existing restaurant in the country today.
|Fish fillet with ginger sauce|
People also lined up, as early as 11 AM and again at 5 PM, just to buy their freshly cooked pansit canton (stir-fried noodles), a Toho bestseller. The roasted, beautifully sweet and tender pork asado, another must-try, is cooked fresh daily, without the use of artificial coloring, and is usually sold out by afternoon.
Just don't expect much from the place in terms of china and glassware and the way it looks from the inside and out. The second floor, though, has an airconditioned dining area.
Toho has two branches, both using the old name Toho Antigua, at 16 Presidents Ave., BF Homes, Paranaque City (tel: 820-0668 to 69, open 10 AM - 10 PM) and at the second floor of SM City BF, also in Paranaque City. Major credit cards are accepted in both places.