Top 5 Food Trip Destinations in and around Manila (3 of 5)
by Anton Diaz, Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com
Published in San Miguel Great Food Club Newsletter (November-December 2009).
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3. The Binondo Food Trip
Perhaps the nearest place for a food trip can be done
in Chinatown in Old Manila. If you have a foodie friend who knows the Binondo
area quite well, it is better to organize your own itinerary based on what
would you like to explore. Sunday brunch is a popular time to go to Wai Ying, Ying Ying or the recently reopened President’s restaurant. Popular orders would be the usual dimsum dishes of Shrimp
Dumplings, Siomai, and Pinsec Frito.
On your own time, you can also check out Quick
Snack’s Fried Lumpia along Carvajal
St. or the often talked about Sincerity Fried Chicken along Nueva St. If you are a little more
adventurous, you might want to visit the oldest restaurants in Binondo — Ma
Mon Luk (now called Masuki) for its
Siopao and Mami, and Manosa Restaurant for its authentic Chinese soups, dishes and “ambiance”.
The easiest way to explore Binondo is to join Ivan
Man Dy’s Binondo Food Wok. He will
take you to the best Fresh Dimsum place in Binondo called Dong Bei Dumplings and to other foodie secrets. This is a half-day
walking tour around Binondo where Ivan will entertain you with stories about
culinary discoveries and anecdotes about different characters in the area (like
the businessman famous for the Ube Hopia, Ube-colored fire truck and
restaurant). The walking tour ends with the best Fresh Chinese Lumpia located inside an Art Deco building owned by the
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