Manila just finished harsh rains and heavy flooding in the past months. Luckily, we took advantage of the cold weather as living near Binondo made us crave for all things warm, soupy and Chinese.
If you are unfamiliar with the world’s oldest Chinatown, it is located in the heart of Metro Manila. Locally known as Binondo, overseas Chinese settlers and businessmen moved to the district as early as 1500’s. With thriving businesses still running up until this day, the Filipino-Chinese living in Binondo were able to make a name for themselves, selling the cheapest finds and most authentic Chinese food in Manila.
Frequenting Binondo as often as 3X a week, you bet we know what we’re talking about. The food and restaurants included in the list are based on our firsthand experiences and are arranged in order to show you our personal favourites in the district.
And because every person has different preferences at different times of the day, our own Binondo Food Guide is categorized into 3 : Take Out, Snack Time and Full Meal.
At times when you’re in a rush or when parking is Chinatown is such a fuss (see what we did there), take outs are the way to go!
Address : 551 Yuchengco St, Binondo, Manila
Best seller : Double Pork Machang and Original Mongo Hopia
Ian and Mar recommends : Original Mongo Hopia
Address : 845-847 Salazar St, Binondo, Manila
Best seller : Chicken Pie and Iced Coffee
Ian and Mar recommends : Bottled Fresh Avocado Shake and Egg Roll
3. Eng Bee Tin
Address : 628 Ongpin Street Binondo, Manila
Best seller : Mongo Hopia and Ube Hopia
Ian and Mar recommends : Mongo Hopia and Original Tikoy
2. Baker’s Fair
Address : 710 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila
Best seller : Diced Mongo Hopia and Php 3 Pandesal
Ian and Mar recommends : Diced Mongo Hopia
Address : 783 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila
Best seller : Huat Keh Plain and Almond Jelly
Ian and Mar recommends : Egg Pie and Chiffon Cake
SNACK TIME aka MERIENDA
Satisfying snacks for your cravings in the afternoon.
Address : Benavidez cor La Torre St., Masangkay, Manila
Best seller : All their dimsum for Php 55!
Ian and Mar recommends : Steamed Chicken Feet and Tofu Skin Roll
Address : 616 T Alonzo Streetsanta Cruz, Manila
Best seller : Giant Siopao and Beef Brisket Noodle Soup
Ian and Mar recommends : Beef Wanton Noodle Soup
Address : 642 Yuchengco (Nueva) St., Binondo, Manila
Best seller : Pork Dumplings
Ian and Mar recommends : Pork Dumplings (Even if it’s a bit expensive, it tastes exactly the same as what we were eating when we used to live in China!)
2. New Poh Heng
Address : 531 Quintin Paredes Rd, Binondo, Manila
Best seller : Fresh Lumpia
Ian and Mar recommends : Fresh Lumpia
1. Ha Yuan
Address : 1173 Masangkay St, Tondo, Manila
Best seller : Maki Mi
Ian and Mar recommends : Maki Mi and Fresh Taho for Ian, Ginataan for Mar
Got spare time? Dine in and fully enjoy your experience (if you are lucky to find a parking spot).
Address : 931 Benavidez St, Binondo, Manila
Best seller : Giant Pork Siomai and Beef Brisket Noodle Soup
Ian and Mar recommends : Beef Chicken Noodle Soup
Address : 497 Yuchengco St, Binondo, Manila (They also have a branch in Lucky Chinatown Mall)
Best seller : Fried Chicken
Ian and Mar recommends : Fried Chicken for Ian, Fried Kikiam for Mar
Address : 1278 Masangkay St, Tondo, Manila
Best seller : Black and White Gulaman and Roast Duck Rice
Ian and Mar recommends : Lechon Macau Rice
Address : Norberto Ty St, Binondo, Manila (They have a few branches around Binondo)
Best seller : Porkchop Rice
Ian and Mar recommends : Porkchop Rice
AND OUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE…
Address 1 : 810 Benavidez St, Binondo, Manila
Address 2 : 832 Benavidez St, Binondo, Manila (our preference)
Best seller : Too many to mention because everything is honestly so good!
Ian and Mar recommends : Sesame Balls (Buchi), Lava Pao, Toasted Asado Mami for Ian; Authentic Hong Kong Milk Tea, Beef Curry, Asado Roll for Mar
And there you have it folks! Whew! Getting hungry while writing this article. 😀
Let us know which one is your favourite in the comments below. Happy eating!