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It was one Saturday when my friends and I decided to have a gastronomic adventure in Chinatown.  Located in Binondo Manila,  is the world’s oldest Chinatown in the world established in 1594.

Since we will be coming from different locations, we agreed to meet up to a familiar landmark known to everyone which is the Santa Cruz Church.

The Church is just across Chinatown and you wouldn’t miss to pass by the Carriedo Fountain at the Plaza Santa Cruz.

souvenir shot at the fountain

Just to give a little historical background, this fountain was dedicated to a Spanish Engineer, Don Francisco Carriedo of the Department of Waterworks in 1884. It was through his will that a piped water system was installed in Manila. The project for public supply of fresh water in Manila started in early 18th century.  This fountain was relocated in several areas in Manila prior to its current location.  We hope that the Local government will refurbish this landmark.

Arko ng Mabuting Pakikisama (Arch of Goodwill)

Enter the Dragon…

Now, let the gastronomic adventure begin!

To make this adventure more fun and pocket friendly, try to order food that can be shared by everyone. Split everything so that everyone can have a taste of each dish and at the same time your tummy has still more room for the food on the next restaurants.

Wai Ying Fastfood is one of the most recommended food places to visit. If you want to try authentic, delicious and affordable Chinese food without leaving the country, this is the place to go.

Located at Benavidez Street

Shrimp Chong Fan is a steamed flat rice noodles with shrimp. The soy sauce mixed with a little sugar complemented the bland noodles filled with crunchy shrimp (left). Yangchow rice (right)

Soy Chicken- Sour in flavor and the sauce are made of ginger, oil, onion leaves. (left). Pork Asado- A braised dish made out of marinated pork. (right)

Hakaw- Steamed soft dumpling with whole shrimp inside. (left). Me, having my hakaw and milk tea with black jelly (right). These are 2 of my favorites in Wai Ying.

On our way to our next stop

Sightings along the streets…

herbal medicines

grilled corn on a cob

Shin Tai Shang is like a mini grocery along Salazar St. where people can buy small cakes, packaged drinks and assorted fruits.

time to buy some fruits

delicious fruits in Shin Tai Shang

Cafe Mezzanine is a fireman themed restaurant above Eng Been Tin (popular hopia chain) in Ongpin St. All proceeds of this restaurant goes to the volunteer firefighters of Binondo. They are known for their Soup#5 (soup made out of bull’s testicle) which most people would say that it’s a “must” order and the taste is really good. Unfortunately, we are not brave enough to try it.  So we just  decided to try another popular dish which is called Kiampong .

Located at the corner of Ongpin and E.T. Yuchengco Street

Kiampong- It’s a Filipino-Chinese version of fried rice with meat, mushrooms, seasoned well, and will not be complete without peanuts on top.

inside the Fireman themed cafe

The food adventure will never be complete without having “take-home foodies” from the following:

1. Eng Bee Tin for their famous hopia (It’s a Chinese delicacy with various flavors; purple yam, mung beans, pork, pandan, pineapple, etc)

2. Wai Ying’s siomai with chili sauce

3. Shanghai Fried Siopao stall. Their fried siopao is slightly crisp, golden-edged bread, has a tasty ground pork stuffing with the right balance of ginger and spring onion to keep you biting. This is a good alternative if you like a different kind of siopao. Also, It is very affordable too (Php16.00/pc).

4. Salazar Bakery. They are been around since 1947 which specializes in Chinese delicacies. You can find Salazar bakery almost all over now in Metro Manila.

And for our food trail finale, we had our dinner at The President Grand Palace. They have a spacious dining area and has very Chinese ambiance with their decors and uniforms of the staff. It is located along Ongpin Street so you wouldn’t miss it.

The cold cuts platter is composed of jellyfish, century eggs, asado & white chicken

stir fried seafood noodles with quail eggs is a sure winner!

Another winner is their Hot Prawn Salad. It was pure prawns and no fruits (some restaurants adds fruit cocktails and too sweet on the taste). This salad comes also with cold version. It’s a bit pricey but worthy! Really taste great. A must try.

Another photo op before we end the food trip

It was our first time to do a food trip in Chinatown and it was such a fun experience! 🙂