Perhaps Lucky Chinatown, Binondo is nothing new for intrepid foodies. However, a guide can be beneficial for first-timers who want to wander the haven of Chinese cuisine and not miss the best ones in town, especially the hidden gems.
These legendary restaurants have been serving delectable dishes, whether fried, baked, steamed, or simmered, to appease food lovers and regular people's cravings.
Are you ready to go on a food adventure but unsure where to begin? PhilSTAR L!fe's got you covered as we listed below our highly-recommended spots in Binondo.
New Eastern Garden Restaurant
Can't get enough of lumpia? New Eastern Garden Restaurant, located at 954 Ongpin Street, should definitely be on top of your list. Its famous fresh lumpia rapidly gained a good reputation for its delicious flavor and low cost. It is stuffed with fresh vegetables, topped with crushed peanuts, and drizzled with their special sweet sauce.
Shanghai Fried Siopao
One of the most visited spots of foodies is the Shanghai Fried Siopao. Their signature siopao is one that you'll keep coming back for, with its large meat-to-bun ratio, flavorful filling made with 100% pure ground pork, and moist and soft buns that won't need any sauce. Visit them at 828 Ongpin Street to see it for yourself.
Amid the variety of food in Chinatown, Tasty Dumplings stands out for its exceptional pork chops and, as the name suggests, its distinctive, mouthwatering dumplings. Steamed dumplings are P120 for four pieces, while fried ones are P130. Meanwhile, each serving of rice with pork chops costs P160. They are located at 960 G. Masangkay Avenue.
Lord Stow's Bakery
Don't miss Lord Stow's Bakery's famous egg tart on 707 Ongpin Street if you have a sweet tooth. The egg tart is truly incomporable, with its flaky, soft crust and melt-in-your-mouth filling that is similar to leche flan. It is priced at P48 a piece and P190 for a box of four.
Another must-visit haven of Chinese food is Cafe Mezzanine located at 650 Ongpin Street. This elegant restaurant serves savory dishes like beef wanton, pork maki, and shrimp siomai, among others. You can support a good cause while dining here because the restaurant donates all its profits to the Binondo Paco Fire Search and Rescue Brigade.
Wai Ying Fast Food
Wai Ying should always be on your list if you're looking for inexpensive dim sum. Beef mami, hakaw, siomai, peking duck rice, lemon chicken, and other dishes are among its best sellers. The restaurant is located at 810 Benavidez Street.
Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant
A great addition to your food crawl is Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant, which surely serves the best fried chicken in town since 1956. Don't leave the food spot without trying its oriental chicken, special fried rice, BBQ spare ribs, and fried oyster cake. Visit them at 497 E. T. Yuchengco Street.
Dong Bei Dumplings
There are many different kinds of dumplings that you can try in Binondo, but what makes Dong Bei Dumplings stand out from the rest is its kuchay with pork dumplings. Situated in 642 Yuchengco Street, Dong Bei serves traditional Chinese dumplings and noodles that they each make from scratch.
Masuki Mami House
Craving for noodle soup? For only P150, you can sip Masuki's famous mami, which has firm chewy noodles and delicious soup with spring onions. You could also eat it with a delectable siopao and siomai. The restaurant is located at 931 Benavidez Street and is open every day from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli
You Binondo trip will definitely be incomplete without leaving the town without some famous hopia from Eng Bee Tin. Priced from P42 to P250, the shop's delicacy is made of flaky dough filled with tasty flavors like monggo, ube, pandan, and others. Mooncakes and tikoy are additional sweets you can try too. The flagship store of Eng Bee Tin is at 628 Ongpin Street.
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Since 1967, Quik Snack has been the home of Tsinoy comfort food. Oyster Roll, Kuchay Ah, and Original Fresh Lumpia are all highly regarded dishes. Its address is 637–639 Carvajal Street.
Baking since 1947, Salazar Bakery is known for its hopia wrapped in its iconic white and red packaging, which is sure to give kids of the past a wave of nostalgia. The bakery is also known for its freshly baked bread and other pastries. Do drop by at the store located at 783 Ongpin Street.
New Po-Heng Lumpia House
With their specialty lumpiang sariwa for P70 and Pork Maki for P65, New Po-Heng Lumpia will undoubtedly delight your palette and your wallet. The go-to food spot, located at 621 Carvajal Street, also offers fish maki, misua kho, misua guisado, and kiampong as additional light meals.
Ang Tunay Beef House
Another diner recommended by foodies is Ang Tunay Beef House. As the name suggests, it offers savory beef mami that'll give you instant relief after sipping it. Dig in at 625 Sabino Padilla Street.
Lan Zhou La Mien
Lan Zhou La Mien should be at the top of your list if you crave for classic ramen made with authentic hand-pulled noodles. Sinigang Spareribs Kamote Noodles, La Mien, and steamed Dumplings are a few of the crowd favorites. It is located at 134 Masangkay Street, right in front of Metropolitan Hospital.