This is Your Next Do-It-Yourself Binondo Food Crawl

This is Your Next Do-It-Yourself Binondo Food Crawl

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MANILA, Philippines — The Binondo food trail has attracted numerous curious food hunters both local and international. There are plenty of Chinatowns across the world, but what makes ours different from the rest of the world is that it’s actually the oldest known Chinatown that dates back to the 1500s. For our audience who aren’t from the Philippines, please do take note that this food crawl guide is NOT a good representation of a real Filipino heritage cuisine. If we’re to put things into context, we can safely say that it is more of a socio-cultural experience. We’ve associated going out and getting Chinese food during celbratory occasions where we’d all sit it and eat family style. These dishes are indulgent, familiar, and it also serves as our own comfort food.

Binondo food crawls are always top rank in people’s Google searches and you’d find several operators offering guided tours, but we believe in frugality and making your own experience! Hence, this is our curated list of Where to EAT when in Binondo .

 

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Fresh mangosteens being sold on the street

 

You’ll find plenty of places as a “Must-Try”, but we believe in shortlisting the best and diversity of what you should be ordering.

 

IITINERARY

? Ying Ying Tea House
234 Dasmariñas St, Binondo, Manila

? New Pong Heng
627 Carvajal St, Binondo, Manila, 1006 Metro Manila

? Dong-Bei Dumpling
642 Yuchengco St, Binondo, Manila, 1006 Metro Manila

?Shanghai Fried Siopao
Sabino Padilla St, Santa Cruz, Manila, 1008 Metro Manila

? Tasty Dumplings
Norberto Ty St, Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila

?Café Mezzanine
650 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila

 

For this list, our actual budget spent when we tested out this food crawl:

 

Total Budget: 500php-60ophp (1o-12 USD) per person for a group of 3-4 friends

VS

Hiring a tour guide for 1,600php/ head

 

Ying Ying Tea House

Location: 234 Dasmariñas St, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 7 AM to 2 AM
Phone: (02) 387 2797

 

This restaurant serves a full roster of Cantonese favorites from roasted meat, dumplings, and staple starchy Chinese dishes. This is where we would normally go to get a good hefty meal when we are in the area with family & friends. Generous servings and unbelievably cheap.

 

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Dimsums starts at 80php/$1.60 and an average platter of viand would only start at 150php/$3USD

 

What to Get?

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Roasted Pork (Cantonese Style)

 

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Ying Ying’s assorted cold cuts

 

 

Cafe Mezzanine

Location: 650 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 6 AM to 10 PM
Telephone: (02) 288 8888 Ext 230

 

For a sizable midday snack, you can head over to Café Mezzanine. Located at the 2nd floor of Chuan Kee Fastfood (oldest fast food in Binondo)

 

What to Get?

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Xiao Long Bao at Cafe Mezzanine

 

 

New Po Heng Lumpia House

Location: 627 Carvajal St, Binondo, Manila, 1006 Metro Manila
Opening days/hours: MTWThFS from 7 AM to 9 PM; Sundays from 8 AM to 5 PM
Telephone: 02-241-8789

Known for its lumpia and misua guisado, this little shop, located in the pink Uysubin Building, is hard to miss. It’s a canteen of sorts, and their bestselling lumpia only costs Php95. Your Binondo Food Trip will not be complete without this resto in your list of restaurants to visit.

 

What to Get?

The Binondo food experience won’t be complete without this stop. Known for their fresh lumpia (spring rolls). The stuffing is made with freshly-sourced local vegetables, peanuts, shrimp, and pork– all finely chopped and cooked.

 

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This is perfect when you want something delicious yet light.

 

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Tasty Dumplings

Location: Norberto Ty St, Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila
Telephone: (02) 242 5195

 

What to Get?

The Crispy Pork Chop Rice is a staple dish, and we also recommend getting their Hongma and Silver Roll Bread. Hong Ma is their version of Fujian Chinese Soy Sauce Braised Pork. Hong Ma is also the origin of our Visayan Humba.

 

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Pork Chop Rice

 

 

 

Shanghai Fried Siopao

  • Location: Ongpin St., Binondo, Manila
  • Opening days/hours: Daily from 8 AM to 10 PM

Walk along with an endless number of random general merchandise shops next to each other and keep an eye on the big signage that slates “Fried Shanghai Siopao”. 

 

What to Get?

Imagine biting into warm siopao with a lightly crisp bun. The meat is minced, chopped with garlic, onions, and kuchay. The first bite is crunchy and is subsequently followed by a gooey texture brought by the tenderized meat.

 

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Dong Bei Dumplings

A Binondo food experience staple. This hole in the wall establishment in Chinatown favorite that is — Dong Bei.  15 years ago, Lisa Lee migrated to The Philippines and sought a new home in Manila together with her family. They hoped for a better life in a more democratic land and better education for her children.

A Chinese immigrant from Dong Bei, China brings a piece of her heritage comfort food to Binondo, Manila with these freshly-made Northern Chinese dumplings.

 

What to Get?

They only serve one (1) food item which is their dumpling.

A straightforward dumpling shop serving northern China comfort food. The dumplings are made fresh every day and they will only steam each plate order upon request.

In a matter of a few minutes, you’ll be served with steaming hot dumplings– don’t forget to dabble these babies with their soy sauce and put a dash of chili oil.

 

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Newly steamed Dong Bei Dumplings

 

For takeaways and snacks to take home. Make sure to drop by these shops:

? Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli (650 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila)

? Ho-land Hopia & Bakery (551 Yuchengco St, Binondo, Manila)

 

Delve into this historical place of trade, mom & pop business, and good food finds. It is gritty and exhausting, but Binondo still has that dynamic character that’s truly magnetic.

Go ahead and plan your next do-it-yourself Binondo Food Tour! and tag us during your next #DayOut on Instagram and Facebook.

 

Find us at Klook PH!

 


Engage with us; experience@fatgirlsdayout.com or fatgirlsdayoutph@gmail.com


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