Dumplings, Noodles, Siopao, Siomai, Hopia are some of Chinese foods we love. They are everywhere but If you want to explore and experience authentic, cheap and with quality chinese cuisine, Binondo, in the heart of Manila, should be your destination.
Last Sunday, the long wait food trip in Binondo finally happened. A very hot morning to start but still better than a rainy one.
My friend and I met in Pedro Gil. I didn’t expect the traffic so I was late. From Pedro Gil, we rode Jeepney with signage going to Divisoria. While in Jeepney, I can’t help but smile because it’s been years since my last commute along Taft Avenue to Mapua. I told my friend how I miss the area, the noise and the pollution. 🙂
We disembark in front of Binondo Church. Before we start the food journey, I requested my friend if we can pay a visit in the church because it is my first time. Binondo Church or Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish Church was founded in 1596. It was so grand and jaw dropping. I was really amazed with the paintings on the ceiling and how big it was. There was an ongoing mass but I can’t stop looking up and carefully examine the details of each paintings. The architectural design of the church was fascinating too. Did I say it’s my first time? and so I have 3 wishes and I hope the Lord will grant it. 🙂
My friend was my tour guide and our first stop was Cafe Mezzanine
650 Ongpin corner Nueva Streets
They have already listed their all time favorites so we tried the first one, Pork Machang. We also ordered Pork and Shrimp Siomai because we are flustered if we only order 1 dish since the place is very cozy, air-conditioned and clean. The staff are nice too.
Its funny that before we order, we though of not having rice so that we’ll not get full but it turned out that Pork Machang is made from Sticky Rice with pork. 😛 You can eat it as it is but they’ll provide a sauce to make it taste better. Although I don’t find it delish, I still enjoyed it because its new and unique to me. Btw this cost only ₱90. On the other hand, their Pork and Shrimp Siomai cost ₱70. It has a common taste but still recommended because its cheaper than others.
next Stop, Dong Bei Dumpling
Dong Bei Dumpling
642 Yuchengco St, Maynila
The place is quite small and can accomodate aprroximately 20 + visitors only. Despite of it, It doesn’t hinder customers not to come. From the glass window, I observed a TripAdvisor sticker and in their walls, there are pictures of celebrities that patronize their food.
We ordered Kuchay Dumpling. And while they prepare food, you’ll enjoy watching the staff while making their best selling dishes.
I love this dumpling and for only ₱120 you can savor 14 pieces. Their sauce, even in simple bottled container, taste good too. Simplicity at its best.
Next is Tasty Dumplings
This time, dumplings were off of our list because one of the best seller here was their Porkchop Rice.
I was blown away because the Porkchop was enormous that it consumed the plate. It’s already enough for 2 person. Truly a must try because apart from the size of the dish, the Porkchop is savory due to it’s well seasoned sweet sauce. The rice was topped with the same sauce too. For a price of ₱125 it’s very worth it.
next was, Waiying Fastfood
Benavidez St., Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila
Waiying is a 2 storey, fully air-conditioned Restaurant. Visitors wait to get seats because the restaurant is always jam-packed. Waiying is popular for their Dumplings and Milk Tea.
We ordered HK Milk Tea ( Cold), Siomai and Egg Tart. I’m satisfied with our choices. The Siomai is very rich and 1 order of it is really not enough. For only ₱70 this dish is very addicting. Although I was looking for a sweet version of Milk Tea after eating different food, I find HK Milk Tea(₱55) tasteful . Finally, I would say I liked the egg tart. It’s not too sweet and for the price of ₱70, you can have 2 tarts.
We went to Masuki Mami Restaurant too but decided not to eat anymore because we are already full and it was really hot. If you want to have noodles, go visit Masuki. We also checked out Estero Fast Food before leaving. The name was derived its location near the creek, “Estero” . If you want to eat fried frog, go here.
Our last stop was the pasalubong store and that’s none other than, Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli. Here you can find their best selling Hopia ( different flavors) and moon cakes. I bought Hopia Ube and Mongo for my parents.
I had fun today. The foods are very interesting, flavorful and cheap. I’ll definitely come back.
Till next time.