February 05, 2016
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What's more, exciting than bargain shopping at Chinatown is experiencing its gastronomic landscape!
This food crawl isn't about your typical meal at President's, or go to dumpling shop at Ying Ying and Wai Ying, nor your favorite fast food chain like Tasty. We curated this food walk searching for your money's worth yummy mid-range eateries and family owned businesses that are celebrated in Binondo.
Where to park in Binondo?
Wait for mall hours (10:00 am to 10:00 pm) and Park at Lucky Chinatown Mall. For our whole day food trip, we paid about P150 for parking.
You can also park in the empty parking lot (with no name) located on the right side of the street of Binondo Church (coming from Jones Bridge).
1. Dong Bei Dumplings
Our first stop is our favorite dumpling shop. The owner is a Chinese mainlander that came to the Philippines.
They serve northern style dumplings made fresh daily and rolled in front of you eyes.
Kuchay Pork Dumpling (P120)
We recommend you order their kuchay (leek) pork dumplings. We love that they are made fresh, you can definitely differentiate a fresh one from a long-frozen one.
Dip it in their vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic sauce. If you want a little kick don't be afraid to add chili oil.
Chinese Pancake (P120)
We also ordered the Chinese pancake, stuffed with kuchay and minced pork cut into quarters.
For us, the dumpling and pancake have the same flavor. I'm not so much of a fan of fried food, so I would opt you order the dumplings instead.
We weren't a fan of their xiao long bao though, the wrapper was just too thick for us.
Dong Bei Dumpling
642 Yuchengo Street, Binondo, Manila
Telephone: +63 2 2418912
2. Cafe Mezzanine
We got a busy table at Café Mezzanine. We ordered the kiampong, a fried rice invented by the Filipino-Chinese of Binondo. It's usually made with sticky rice, mushrooms and soy sauce giving it that earthy flavor.
Lechon Kawali (P99)
Ours was served plain with a few chunks of pork, kind of like adobo fried rice. It goes perfectly well with the lechon kawali or goyong (Chinese sausage).
Part of the revenue goes to helping the fire volunteers. It feels nice to enjoy a delicious meal that's helping a cause.
650 Ongpin corner Nueva Streets Binondo, Manila
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat:7:00 AM-8:00 PM , Sun:7:00 am-2:00 pm
Tel No: +632 242-9759, +63 2 241-9999
3. Eng Bee Tin
Mahu or Pork floss is dried meat wool that's light and has a fluffy texture.
Eng Bee Tin combined two of our favorite snacks into one pastry dish the Golden Pork Floss Hopia (P250/box). The hopia wrapper is different from the usual, packed inside are golden brown chunky pork floss.
Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli
628 Ongpin St. Binondo, Manila Philippines
Telephone: +63 2 242-9765, +63 2 242-9766
Hopia (P45). If you're looking for that old fashioned hopia taste look no further than Holand Hopia.
Hopia is a popular bean filled pastry that originated from Fujianese immigrants. The most popular variety is the flaky hopiang mongo made from mung bean paste. We this brand because it's not too sweet, unlike other brands.
551 Nueva Street binondo, Metro Manila
Telephone: +63 2 242 9709
5. James Grocery, Carvajal and Market
Take home some pickled fruits (using Tsingtao beer) like mangoes and santol from the corner store (James Grocery) beside Holland.
James Grovery & Carvajal Store
Telephone: +63 2 2418789
6. New Po Heng
New Po Heng Lumpia is a little canteen tucked inside an old building they serve one of the best Chinese style lumpia in Binondo.
Chinese style fresh lumpia, is made of tofu, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, cilantro, ground peanuts and seaweed rolled together in a thin lumpia wrapper.
For more flavor squeeze a few drops of their sweet and spicy sauce.
New Po Heng
531 Quintin Paredes St, Bgy 289, Zone 027 Binondo, Manila Metro Manila
Sincerity's Fried Chicken (P160/half, P320/whole)
Sincerity is one of our favorite stops in Binondo. The restaurant is by far clean and homey serving yummy Amoy cuisines. It's one of the locals go to place when it comes to Fried Chicken.
We recommend you order their famed Sincerity's Fried Chicken. Tender and juicy meat on the inside with a crunchy skin that's hinted with oriental spice.
Another best-seller is their kikiam, pair it with their brown sauce for more flavor. The typical kikiam is sold along with fishballs in street carts dipped in brown sauce or vinegar.
The traditional ones originated from a Chinese delicacy called Ngo Hiang. It is made with ground pork, vegetable and bean curd wrapper deep-fried until golden brown.
Oyster Cake (P200/small, P250/big).
Fried pancake style with egg, rice flour, bean sprouts, assorted vegetable, and medium size juicy oysters. Don't forget to dip it in ketchup or hot sauce or mix the two sauces together. Some may not like its foreign taste, but who knows you'll end up loving it.
For the adventurous type order their frog legs. They also have the 8 treasure machang packed with eight ingredients: dried scallops, chicken, pork, dried shrimp, abalone, Chinese sausage, peanuts, and chestnuts.
497 E. T. Yuchengco st., 1006 Manila, Philippines
Tel no : +63 2 241 9991
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sun: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
8. Quan Yin Chay
Our vegetarian pick Quan Yin Chay offers a vegetarian spin on famous dishes like sisig, barbecue, corn beef . We recommend this restaurant to health enthusiast and vegetarians alike.
We liked their sisig made from gluten, mayonnaise, and chili. You might like it so much that you'll prefer eating this over the pork sisig. The set meal (P80) comes with two choices of topping and rice.
We love their wheat vegetarian siopao stuffed with a saucy filling of bokni (black fungus), kiamchay, radish, and bamboo shoots. (P25/piece)
Quan Yin Chay
739 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila
Store Hours: Mon-Sun: 7am -9pm
Telephone: +63 2 2433357, +63 2 2410588
9. Diao Eng Chay or DEC
Chicken Pie (P40). Take home some of their yummy chicken pie filled with cream, mushroom, and chicken.
DEC or Diao Eng Chay isn't just a place for hopia and other pastries. They offer a variety of take-home meals like dumplings, siomai, chicken pies and lumpia. Order the lumpia made of shredded beancurd, cabbage, green beans, carrots and shrimp.
Diao Eng Chay
203 Wilson Street, San Juan, Metro Manila
Phone: +63 2 721 1105
Chicken and Beef Mami (P140) and Siomai (P25).
Masuki once known as Ma Kong Mami started it's Mami business in the 1930's. To get the best of both worlds order the chicken and beef mami. Add in some chives and their secret special sauce that practically goes well with most of their selections (siopao, siomai, mami).
The noodles are very bouncy because they use bamboo kneading technique to make them.
Also order their huge siomai (pork dumpling). It's a tad sweet and pair it with calamansi and their specialty sauce.
931 Benavidez St., Binondo, Manila
Tel. No.: +63 2 244-0745, +63 2 243-2674
11. Salazar Pastries
Salazar Bakery is known for various pastries, breads, cakes ready for the Chinese new year. Find exotic baked goods like moon cakes, hopia, meat pies, and sticky desserts.
Most of these treats are individually wrapped so they’re great for snacking on your food walk around Binondo.
Take home their famous chicken and meat pies, hopia and tikoy with stuffed ground peanut inside.
783 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila, 1006 Metro Manila
Telephone: +63 2 733 1392
Opening Hours: Mon- Sun: 5:15 am- 9:55 pm
12. Shanghai Fried Siopao
Fried Siopao (P18).
Siopao is a popular go-to snack in the Philippines. There are two popular variants pork asado and bola-bola. The fried siopao sold in the streets are steamed first, and then lightly pan-fried on the bottom.
Shanghai Fried Siopao
Sabino Padilla St, Santa Cruz, Manila, Metro Manila
Machang (P100). Brown glutinous rice stuffed with pork and shiitake mushroom wrapped in bamboo leaves steamed for hours.
It has a strong umami, sweet and salty flavor. In China, they usually pair it with peanut sauce and hot sauce but here we use ketchup and hot sauce for more flavor.
Also, try their gawgaw or maki, it's a thick savory broth with chunks of pork kasim.
Ongpin St, Binondo, Sta. Cruz, 1014
Phone: +63 2 733 3179
14. Kim Hiong Food Garden
Stir Fried Beef Noodles (P175).
Kim Hiong Food Garden serves Teochew style dishes similar to Fujian and Cantonese cuisine.
Fried beef egg-noodles is their best seller topped with a generous serving of special sauce and beef strips.
Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila, 1003 Metro Manila
Phone: +63 2 735 3633
Opening Hours: Mon- Sun: 10:30AM–4:30AM
Near Sta. Cruz church is an old restaurant that serves really affordable meals. Delicious restaurant may not be the most presentable, but it does serve yummy affordable dishes.
Chami is quite savory using stir-fried Miki noodles with a generous amount of toppings of pork, liver squid and assorted vegetable. Pinch a few drops of calamansi for some zest.
Gonzalo Puyat St, Maynila
Telephone: +63 2 733 0401
Thank you instructor Arnold Buenviaje and the students of the Philippine Mingsheng Wenyang Sports Association for showing as a sample of the lion and dragon dance performances to expect during the Chinese New Year!
Happy Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey to everyone! Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Live an Awesome Life,
Abi, Sean, Nico, Sheila and Boom
Our Awesome Planet TV Team
Disclosure: We paid for our meals during our Binondo Food Crawl. We wrote this article with our biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here
P.S. Right across the street, they sell Try the yummy sugar cane juice (P18/cup) right across the street of Mañosa restaurant.