My siblings and I
have always wanted to discover more of Manila ever since we memorized the major
nooks and crannies of this bustling city. It’s dirty and dank in most urban
spaces but this city had always had this charm to us. I’m inclined to believe
that much of Manila’s romance lies on its rich history and cultural heritage.
It’s both beautiful and sad at times, you know. The ruins of the old contribute
to the overall nostalgic feel of the city, but then again, you think that
Manila would be a better place to live in if we’ve just tried to revive the
glories of the past by using the tools of the present. Oh but anyway, I guess
it’s something we’ve always had to work hard for.
On a less serious
note, to celebrate the remaining dregs of the long weekend, my siblings and I decided
to do a mini food trip at Binondo. A lot of blogs have already told their own
Binondo food experiences and on average, all of them found it good and would definitely
come back. I thought why not try it on our own? Hmmm. So yun. Me, Nik, Beth and
Tel rode the jeepney to Carriedo, walked along Ongpin and the rest was history.
|My teammates. Hahaha. Wala ako jan. |
Here’s the stuff we tried.
It’s already 11am and
we haven’t had our breakfast so to temporarily fill our growling tummies, we
looked for the store called Shanghai Fried Siopao. It’s located along Ongpin
Street before you reach Mang Inasal.
|Yummeh siopao na babalik balikan. :D|
Winner ang siopao. It’s
small—kung me jumbo siopao ang iba, ito yung junior size. It’s not really
fried, actually yung ilalim lang nya. Pero kebs, yummy and filling naman kaya
go na. :D This costs Php 16.00.
After that yummy
siopao thing, we continued our walk to reach Benavidez Street. We looked for
Wai Ying Restaurant, one of those food stalls much recommended by bloggers
because of their Roasted Duck Congee and Curry Beef Siomai. Yay we found the place.
Pero sad face pa din because we did not get the chance to eat there. The place
was jampacked when we entered. We took a detour and headed to a nearby resto,
Masuki. It’s also along Benavidez. They are famous for their Beef Wanton
Noodles kaso they ran out of beef so we ordered their Original Mami Special (costs
Php 110) and their Regular Chicken Mami (not sure if it really costs Php120
hehe). We also asked for their Special Siopao Taipao (costs Php 80) which is
famous for its size.
|From left to right: Ok, so that's my youngest sister and the Masuki ambience. |
Then, their Chicken Mami. Masuki's signage. T
hey also have pictures with the ~stars as part of their interior design.
Jumbo Siopao. Jumbo Siopao Part 2. Hehe
Hmmm. I’ve always
known myself to be a mami non-fan and syempre confirmed sya sa aming Masuki
experience. I wasn’t able to finish my share. The mami was just ok. Siguro if
we had the Beef Wanton Noodles it would have been a good thing. Anyways, their
siopao taipao was a hit. It’s really big but the real steal is when you open
your siopao to see a hefty serving of pork asado, chicken slices and egg yolk.
So there. If you want
a filling side dish or looking for a heavy merienda, I recommend Masuki’s
siopao taipao. Win!
Since Wai Ying was
still packed when we passed by it after our Masuki lunch, we headed to
Yuchengco Street to look for Dong Bei Dumplings. This small eatery is located
on the corners of Yuchengco and Tytana Streets. But before we got there we
first had to scour the length of Yuchengco. Tsss. Because we took the wrong
street turn. Fail. Do not forget, when you see Shopper’s Mart, take a right
turn and just walk, you’ll see their washed signage. Anyway, as soon as we got
there, we had to wait for a few minutes before we secured a seat. The place is
small—it only has five tables. Before we also get the much recommended
dumplings, we also had to wait in line because they are made fresh. A small
table just as you enter the store is used to prepare these little treats. Customers
get to see their food prepared fresh. How cool is that? :D
Because we got a bit
hungry again, we ordered Steamed Dumplings (14 pieces for Php 100) and Fried
Dumplings (14 pieces for Php 150). I forgot about the Fried Stuffed Pancakes.
Too bad. Anyway, I vowed to go back there. We totally loved the dumplings! They’re
light and squishy and yummy. My tummy grumbles on the thought of it. We really
enjoyed these dishes. J
cherishing the heavenly dumplings we had when we accidentally saw a store
offering Korean ice creams. Ok so this goes off the Chinese food fare we have
but kebs, it’s still Oriental so keri lang. We were about to take Melona Ice
Creams when I suddenly remembered RJ telling me to try the chocolate Korean ice
cream he had. He told me it was better than Magnum. Hmmm. I asked Kuya if they
have that ice cream and he told me, “Ah, yung Encho. Oo meron kame, eto o.”
Wow! Encho costs Php 25. This ice cream is another treat from heaven. It is a
vanilla ice cream slathered with ~enriched chocolate and peppered with nuts.
But wait there’s more. The ice cream has a chocolate bar inside. Yummmmeh! Way
better than Magnum nga plus sobrang mura so keriboom boom talaga. We were so
happy with our ice cream bars that we decided to forgo Shin Tai Shang’s Assam
Milk Tea. Tsaka we’re running low na rin on budget. We just bought Green Tea
and Coffee Mochis from Shin Tai Shang Fastfoods. They’re both Php 40. We
brought them home as pasalubong for Mama and Papa.
We were really happy
with this food trip experience and will definitely come back for more. I’m
planning to buy Ivan Dy’s Complete Food Wok Map of Binondo to maximize my next
foodie adventure. Next Monday’s going to be another holiday so that would be a
potential date for another gastronomic chorva. Or well I could just choose to
watch a movie. Hahaha. Overall, if you are looking for good food on a limited
budget, head over to Binondo. You’ll always be surprised by the choices they’ll
offer you. Haha. Enjooooy! J
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