In Binondo lies a cafe that has dedicated itself in assisting the Binondo Paco Fire Search and Rescue Brigade to continue its volunteerism and valuable service to the community. Cafe Mezzanine has captured the attention of numerous people, such as renowned international news channel CNN, mentioning it in one of its articles on CNN Go. When the economy was dwindling in the 90’s, only few people funded the fire brigade. This inspired the owner of Cafe Mezzanine, who is also a volunteer fire fighter, to put up a business that would direct all its income to the Binondo Paco Fire Search and Rescue Brigade fund. Also, the fire fighters get […]
New Po-Hen is popular among the locals because of its fresh lumpia (spring roll). Although it’s called “fresh”, the only uncooked part is the wrapper. The stuffing is made with freshly-sourced vegetables, peanuts, shrimp, and pork – all finely chopped and cooked. A hit among Binondo habitues, this savory 15cm lumpia costs only P50. It comes in 3 different condiments: crushed peanuts with sugar, finely chopped raw garlic, and crispy rice noodles with seaweed. You can also have it with 2 kinds of sauce, sweet or spicy. Lumpiang Sariwa
Those on the look for meaty goodness in Binondo, Chinatown should go to Tasty Dumplings which doesn’t only have tasty dumplings but tasty pork chops as well! Although the restaurant’s name headlines dumplings, its best-seller is surprisingly the Pork Chop Rice. The generous serving of the pork chop will definitely need extra rice for some. Pork Chop Rice (P125) It is of course quintessential to get a handful of dumplings such as the Fried Dumplings. Fried Dumplings (P99/4 pcs) Tasty Dumplings easily fills up during peak hours but there is no need to worry because the restaurant has a second floor just in case it gets full (which happens often). […]
Famed for serving one of the best noodles in Binondo, Chinatown—Lan Zhou La Mien takes pride in their hand-pulled (la mien) noodles as the key ingredient in the success of the restaurant. There’s a myriad of noodles to choose from with different preparation styles. We recommend the Knife Mien consisting of freshly made noodles and a couple of shrimps. The base soup is very tasty as the flavors of the shrimp infuse with the broth. Knife Mien (P120) Enjoy your noodles with a side dish like their authentic Fried Dumplings. Fried Dumplings half size (P90) Drop-by at Lan Zhou La Mien for a hot bowl of hand-pulled […]
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. Experience a classic Chinese diner at Binondo, Chinatown with Wai Ying Fastfood. The seats can get filled quite fast during lunch hours so it’s recommended to drop off in the early afternoon. Get a quick meal with Wai Ying’s Beef Wonton Noodles served with generous portions of beef and dimsum and complement it with Hakaw or shrimp dumplings. Beef Wonton Noodles (P110) Hakaw (P70 / 4 pieces) The price at Wai Ying is unbelievably cheap for something authentic and delicious. It’s one of the best places for a quick bite of Chinese food for workers […]
Sincerity is no stranger to the limelight being featured many times in several blogs and magazines. Its garnered fame is all because of one dish— fried chicken! There have been talks that it’s the best fried chicken in town. You can find out for yourself and discover the truth by visiting the legendary restaurant in Binondo, Chinatown. The interiors of Sincerity sports bright colors reflecting the festive and flavorful fried chicken they’re known for. Besides that, there’s really nothing fancy but the food itself. Fret not when it gets jam-packed, Sincerity has a second floor where there will be most likely a free table. And of course, […]
A no-nonsense Chinese diner— Dong Bei Dumpling is located in Binondo Chinatown. There’s nothing special about the interiors but don’t judge it too fast. Let the food do the talking and win you over. Just by its name, you can already have a hint of what to order. Simply get the Pork Dumplings to experience the Beijing dumplings that they are famed for. Pork Dumplings (P120) Those planning to visit Chinatown soon ought to visit Dong Bei for a satisfying afternoon snack after a long day of shopping in the streets of Binondo.
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. Quick Snack is located along the quaint street of Carvajal in Binondo Chinatown which is reminiscent of the old Hong Kong market alleys. No cars can pass the narrow streets of Carvajal. Be prepared for a long walk although the effort will definitely be worth it upon arriving at Quick Snack. Interior Start with Kuchay Ah, which simply are chives in Chinese. It is a fried pastry with chives as its filling. It is pretty delicious and can easily be eaten; it’s literally a quick snack. Kuchay Ah And then delve into the Indonesian Tauhu which looks like a mystery dish […]
Located along the long stretch of Ongpin Street is The Original Salido— famed for its luscious and generous serving of asado and its specialty coffee using the siphon (vacuum pot) brewing method. For large groups Start the Salido experience with Hong Ma with Cuapao (P380). It is eaten like a sandwich by putting the pork inside the cuapao. Don’t forget to dip the cuapao in the sauce from the Hong Ma after. Hong Ma with Cuapao Enjoy a dose of noodles by ordering the Chami where the miki noodles are sautéed with meat and vegetables. Chami (Small P190, Medium P280, Large P380) Enjoy their famous coffee prepared using the siphon […]
Enjoy the timeless food at Masuki in Chinatown boasting one of the best noodles and dimsum in town. Masuki has grown together with Chinatown for more than 50 years, but one thing has never changed—the quality and excellence of food. Established in 1960 What else is there to get in a legendary mami house but their signature Original Mami (Regular P130, Special P140). Don’t forget to dip the noodles to the Masuki sauce (their secret sauce) provided to enhance the flavor of the noodles. Those looking for more meat can opt for the Beef Wonton Chicken Asado (Regular P240, Special P255). Original Mami Beef Wonton Chicken Asado The mami is […]
Presidential Grand Palace is an Authentic Chinese restaurant started in 1979. It has been loved by tourists and locals alike for 30 years now. The store – with 700 seats, a full scale stage that can be used for shows, 4 private rooms (2 rooms with karaoke) – is perfect for big events such as weddings, birthdays, parties, conventions, etc. Their dish bottom line is authentic Chinese focused on Cantonese cuisine. They also have a water bath with seafood and various kinds of fishes – even small sharks – recommended for customers to try.
UPDATED: This restaurant is CLOSED as of January 15, 2019. The best part of eating in Chinatown is that food is delicious but cheap – just like the food in Happy Delicious Kitchen! This restaurant from Taiwan offers home cooked meals that are tasty and healthy. They are popular among the local Chinese. Every morning, the owner goes to the market to buy fresh ingredients! The most popular meal on their menu is the 3-in-1 (Photo 1). You can choose 3 of your favorite dishes plus 1 cup of rice. There are a lot of choices (Photo 2). The 3-in-1 meal costs P150 and 4-in-1 meal costs P180. They also offer rice mixed with vegetable like the […]
This restaurant’s signature dish is the tousakumen (Photo 2). When your order, it is possible to take a glimpse of their kitchen where the cooks are painstakingly preparing your food (Photo 1). The noodles are boiled and carefully cut; toppings of your choice – beef, chicken, pork, spare ribs or seafood – are added afterward. The ramen is reasonably priced at P120 to P150. Another popular dish in this hidden store in Binondo is the egg fried rice (Photo 1). Its delicious taste comes from high temperature when frying the rice in exquisite oil. Pair it up with fried dumplings (Photo 4). Another thing that goes well with the ramen is a nice […]