It’s always a part of a Filipino’s culture to visit and celebrate Chinese New Year in Binondo. As we all know, Binondo is a place to some of our Chinese brothers and sisters who settled for good in the Philippines– that’s why it is referred as the city’s Chinatown.
My friends and I had a chance to roam around Binondo a week before the Chinese New Year. We then made a food crawl in the area and visited some of the restaurants that are open during the festivity.
1. New Quan Yin Chay Vegetarian
If you’re conscious with what you eat and concerned about your health, New Quan Yin Chay is the best place for you. They offer typical Chinese food, but the catch is, they substituted all meat with soya.
I recommend the seafood noodles and sisig. You will not feel guilty at all while enjoying your food.
Address: 739 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila
Contact Number: (02) 243 3357
A Taiwanese restaurant is set to give you one of the best chicken chops in the metro. Chicky, have delectable fried meals, dumplings, and milk teas– all are available to satisfy your hunger.
Aside from the famous chicken chop, you must try the cabbage dumpling and cap your meal off with their flavorful signature milk tea.
Address: 824 Benavidez Street, Binondo, Manila
Contact Number: (02) 253 3899
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3. Maki Place
Obviously, Maki Place is a small restaurant that offers a maki soup. A maki or makimi is a thickened soup with flour noodles and pork pieces that is perfect for a cold weather.
Maki Place is a sister outlet of the famous Mañosa which is also located in Binondo.
You can also find a jumbo siomai and richly-stuffed fresh lumpia at Maki Place. Interesting right?
Address: 916 Binavidez Street, Binondo, Manila
Contact Number: (02) 516 4644
The flavor of history still lives as of the present time in Masuki. The mami restaurant is a living legend since the 1930s as they only provide the original mami from the first generation owner down to the fourth.
The simple mami will turn into a unique one if you’ll pour the “magic sauce” and spring onions on top of the noodle soup.
You might also want to try the asado siopao to pair with your mami.
Take note that the place will not be pleasing to everyone’s odor preference, but you’ll forget it once your orders will be delivered in your table. Trust me.
Address: 931 Binavidez Street, Binondo, Manila
Contact Number: (02) 243 2674
5. Wai Ying
Another Chinese restaurant that must be included in your list this coming Chinese New Year is the famous Wai Ying.
Wai Ying offers a wide array of authentic Chinese cuisine that will surely captivate your tastebuds.
So far, they have the best chicken feet I’ve tasted in my entire life. Skin easily falls off the bone and is very tender. And of course, their dumplings are the best too, just prepare for a long queue.
Address: 810 Binavidez Street, Binondo, Manila
Contact Number: (02) 243 6665
6. Mr. Ube
And just so timely that we are looking for desserts, Mr. Ube got it for us. They also have noodles, rice toppings, dumplings for an affordable price.
All I can say is, the crispy lava buchi is the best buchi in the Philippines (so far). Try it so you’ll know it.
Also, if you are fond of any salted egg food, why not try the siopao lava pao– oozing with custard and salted egg mix.
Address: G/F Imperial Sky Garden, 707 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila
Contact Number: (02) 247 2222
There are still lots of places in Binondo that are worth trying for. So go out from your house, take a public transportation, and explore Chinatown. Surely, you will not just enjoy a walk, but also good food.
Gong xi fa cai!