Until now, I can’t believe that the President Restaurant in Binondo closed down. It was a foodie institution and President was THE Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. The rumor in the foodie community is that the head chef of President transferred to Ying Ying Tea House Restaurant. (Can anybody confirm this?) Ying Ying Restaurant is now becoming the new “President” in Binondo.
In Ultimate Philippines, we would regularly meet alternately between Binondo and Makati locations. On one Sunday, Ying Ying hosted our meeting and Old Manila Walks himself showed us how to order in Chinatown.
I love Hakao! Sometimes, I prefer the Binondo version, which is smaller and its shrimps are coated with a lot of fillers and flavoring. It is usually served in overused dimsum containers.
Breakfast is never complete without a bowl of good Chinese congee.
After Hakao, my other Chinese food favorite is White Chicken. Ying Ying is known in Binondo for this dish, according to Ivan. The meat is tasty and a bit oilier than the usual versions in other Chinese restaurants outside Binondo.
Sometimes, it is called Prinsec Frito and is one of those traditional comfort food in Chinatown.
I remember my wife and I would fight over these ribs. We would scrape every piece of meat off the ribs with our teeth. Each piece is tasty and marinated very well over time.
Ying Ying’s desserts are served in glasses with straws instead of being served in bowls.
As you can see, we go to Chinatown for the usual Chinese comfort food — nothing fancy. So, what’s your favorite Chinese comfort food?
Ying Ying Tea House
233-235 Dasmarinas St. corner Yuchengco St.
Telephone: +632 3872797, 710-3856, 241-6323
7am to 2am Daily