by Rosseadelle Ganayo
More than the animated streets with mingling scents of street food and shoppers noisily bargaining with vendors lies a maze filled with treasures for the tastebuds – if you know how to navigate it. Even if our search for the best was not an easy journey, we’ve rounded up our favorite pika pika from Binondo. A bite of each is perfect for a filling gastronomic trip in Chinatown, until you fill up your bottomless pit of a stomach!
Ongbin Golden Dimsum’s Xiao Long Bao
Formerly known as Suzhou Dimsum, this place has been serving delicious soup dumplings bursting with meaty flavor.
Location: Sabino Padilla St, Binondo, Manila
Shanghai Fried Siopao
You’ll probably wonder how this humble stall can attract so many patrons – until you try one of their soft yet perfectly toasted siopaos, bursting with flavor from the minced pork and veggie filling.
Location: Ongpin cor Bahamas St, Binondo, Manila
New Po Heng Lumpia House
While lumpia has evolved into a staple in every Pinoy party, it’s always good to seek a cultural take on it. Try its yummy Chinese version generously stuffed with veggies, seaweed, bihon, tofu and peanuts with an accompanying sweet and savory sauce!
Location: 621 Carvajal Street
Estero Fast Food’s Frog Legs
Exotic for some but a sought after delicacy for others, frog legs – when breaded, fried, and tossed in a savory garlic sauce tastes a lot like the viand you can’t stop eating without rice and a cold drink.
Location: Ongpin Street, Binondo Manila
Sincerity Fried Chicken
Famous for its humble fried chicken in butter, Sincerity captures the hearts of diners by perfecting a Pinoy favorite with a distinctive taste that is hard to replicate at home.
Location: 497 E.T. Yuchengco St. 1006, Manila
Dong Bei Dumplings’ Kuchay Pork Dumpling
Flavor is not only dependent on being meaty, because being packed with fresh chives and kinchay creates a burst of fresh, healthy, and guiltless flavor, especially when accompanied with a black vinegar dip.
Location: 642 Yuchengco St., Binondo, Manila
All the savory snacks will have you seeking a contrasting sour taste, which can be satiated with pickled fruits, toasted nuts, chichacorn, and other treats at James Grocery. Perfect for refreshing the palatte for another round of gluttony!
Location: 531 Nueva St., Binondo, Manila
For the rice loving Pinoy, machang is a dish from the heavens combining the staple with depths of flavor and hints of meat and veggies. Wrapped delicately with banana leaves, this is a very tempting snack even as you unwrap it.
Location: Ongpin St, Binondo, Sta. Cruz, 1014