Text: Djan Magbanua
Photos: Jazz Lapitan & Edjen Oliquino
Binondo is one of the places in Metro Manila you have traveled to multiple times but never get tired of visiting.
Gaya ninyo, kami rin. We’ve been here many times before but we haven’t scratched completely the surface of this oldest Chinatown in the world.
In our latest round trip here, we have noticed a cleaner sidewalk which made our visit more pleasant.
Estero Fast Food
We went there just in time for lunch. And our hungry stomachs brought us to the Estero Fast Food, so named simply because it is right next to an estero or canal. A long strip of hawker-style stalls offer a variety of Chinese food that is great for big groups and yet budget friendly.
Located along Ongpin street. Look carefully for the small entrance on the side of the bridge.
We tried fried frog legs for the first time and it didn’t disappoint. It really does taste like chicken.
P120 to P250
847 A S Padilla cor Ongpin street, Santa Cruz, Manila
Shanghai Fried Siopao
Sight-seeing while taking OOTD pics as you walk, aba siyempre magugutom ka uli.
Kaya dumaan din kami sa Shanghai Fried Siopao, isang store na nagbebenta ng mga pagkain lalo na ang mga frozen Chinese delis tulad ng kikiam, siomai at siyempre siopao. Perfect meryenda to keep you going until your next stop.
E, di ano pa nga ba, siopao!
P20 a piece
Sabino Padilla St, Santa Cruz, Manila
New Po Heng
One cannot leave Binondo
without trying fresh lumpia na kakaiba ang timpla. And you can find it here sa New Po Heng Lumpia House.
As you bite into hot off the pan lumpia na may halong tamis, it reminds us of buchi, a Chinese pastry made of glutinous rice with monggo filling. Siguradong busog na busog ka rito dahil may free hot tea.
621 Carvajal St, Binondo, Manila
No matter where we go, malaking bagay ang pasalubong – a Filipino culture that instilled in us and part of our DNA. Kaya nga we stopped at Salazar Bakery for pasalubong na maiuuwi sa bahay o sa opisina.
Established in 1947, Salazar Bakery offers authentic Chinese delicacies. At ang best pa rin sa kanila ay ang hopia which is more flaky —one thing we like better than the usual soft and smooth hopia offered by other bakeries.
783 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila