Others have known one’s culture by traveling. But what is experiencing the way of life without exploring by food, as well?
This Chinese New Year, let’s travel to the oldest Chinatown in Metro Manila to look for cheap and classic Chinese favorites that are under P400! Walk into the vibrant streets of Binondo where your each turn leads to eateries serving comforting meals.
*(You know what else is under P400? Our rooms at RedDoorz! See nearby hotels below.)
Here are some of our recommendations in Binondo that can satisfy your cravings for Chinese delicacies:
Dong Bei Dumplings
642 Yuchengco Street
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7:30p.m.
Authentic home-made dumplings are what you can find inside this establishment that can only fit a handful of people. In their menu you’ll see Fried Sugar Pancake (P150), Xia Long Pao/Bao (P180) and of course their must tries are the Kuchay Dumplings (P200 per 14 pcs) and Pork Dumplings (P200 per 14 pcs).
Fun fact: See the staff make your dumplings from scratch.
Wai Ying Fastfood
810 Benavidez Street
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Wai Ying Fastfood is a testament that you can always fulfill your cravings without spending too much. Marvel at the different flavors of affordable dim sum baskets such as the Hakaw (P120), Siomai (P95), and Kuchai Dumpling (P90). Include in your list the Roast Duck Mami (P240) and HK Milk Tea (P75).
Fun fact: Wai Ying also has a branch in Taft near the De La Salle University.
Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant
497 E.T. Yuchengco Street
Open daily from Mon-Sat from 9am to 9pm, Sunday, 9am to 2pm
The restaurant doesn’t necessarily offer Chinese dishes. But since you’re already in Binondo, you can’t miss out on Sincerity Cafe’s famous fried chicken, because to tell you honestly, it is everything. Order Sincerity Fried Chicken (P180/half and P360/whole), pair it to Fried Oyster Cake (P240/small and P280/big) and 8 Treasures Machang (P135).
Fun fact: Sincerity Cafe has other branches in Banawe, Quezon City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.
Chuan Kee Chinese Fastfood
650 Ongpin Street
Open daily from 6am to 10pm
Chuan Kee Chinese Fastfood is “Chinese Turo-turo” in Binondo that we’ve grown to love over the years. The restaurant serves food at low prices like Kiam Pong (P60), Pork Asado Lecho (P140), and Pork Maki (140).
Fun fact: The Eng Bee Tin bakery is just beside the restaurant. Stock up your kitchen with their delicious Ube Hopia and Custard cakes.
Lan Zhou La Mien
818 Benavidez Street
Open daily from 8am to 9pm
Based on Chinese traditions, longevity noodles are one of the must-eat dishes during the event of Chinese New Year because it brings fortune and long life. So if you need a quick way to luck, drop by Lan Zhou La Mien and ask for a plate of Beef Lamien (P200), Fried Dumpling (P280), and Egg Chao Fan (P260).
Fun fact: The noodles at the restaurant are hand pulled. And Lamien are extremely long noodles.
New Poh Heng Lumpia House
621 Carvajal Street
Open daily from 7am to 7pm
A fan of lumpia? Well, you are in the right nook. New Poh Heng Lumpia House serves a fat rolled lumpia stuffed with tokwa, nuts, vegetables, and fried bihon. Get this delectable offering for only P95. You can also opt for Pork Mami (P88) to make your day complete.
Fun fact: New Poh Heng Lumpia House is a family-run eatery, that’s why you’ll find the ambiance in here more homey, with the plants and fountain you can see.
#Achieve a relaxing and wonderful Chinese New Year celebration at these properties near Binondo, Manila!
Look at these recommended RedDoorz properties for your staycation this weekend.
RedDoorz near SM San Lazaro Manila
1820 Oroqueta St. Sta. Cruz, Manila
RedDoorz Plus @ Tayuman Manila
1679 Tayuman Street Santa Cruz 2003, Metro Manila
RedDoorz near SM Manila
181 Natividad Almeda Lopez St., Ermita, Manila
RedDoorz @ Remigio Street Santa Cruz
1600 Corner Remegio St. Sta.Cruz Manila