I joined a food and historical tour through Bckets, and even though I’ve been to Binondo before, it was another eye-opening adventure checking out new eating spots and learning about the history of China Town.
Binondo is known to be one of the oldest and best china towns in the world. We met at Carriedo Fountain in Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz. It is easy to find because it is right in front of Binondo church. Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz is considered to be the center of Binondo so it is easy to walk around from there.
Since there were so many tour groups starting around the same time in Binondo Church, so we decided to walk to Ramada Hotel Manila to get one of the best views of Manila. After getting some good photos of Chinatown, we started the tour in Binondo Church. The church holds one of the oldest images of Our Lady of Prompt Succor which was venerated during the year 1588.
Dong Bei Dumpling
Our first food stop was dumplings, and I got to taste one of their specialties, the pork stuffed dumplings. You will need to wait around 15-minutes for your dumplings to be served because they make it fresh on the spot inside the restaurant. They also have vegetarian options for those who cannot eat meat.
What I really enjoyed was the freshness of the dumplings, the flavors make me feel like I am eating in a local restaurant in China or Taiwan.
New Po- Heng Lumpia House
After the dumplings, we walked down the streets of Binondo and quickly stopped by a Chinese candy shop and got some kiamoy candy just beside Carvajal street. This street is actually a wet market, and you can buy fresh fish, vegetables and fruits. At the end of Carvajal, you can see the New Po-Heng Lumpia House sign. It is quite small so it might be easy to miss.
New Po-Heng Lumpia House can be found at the left side of EastWest Quintin Paredes Bank, and you walk through a narrow hallway to reach this baby pink-painted restaurant.
The restaurant offers fresh lumpia, which is perfect for an afternoon snack. There are no options, there is only one kind and it tastes fresh, nutty and a little sweet. You can add some sweet sauce to even make it sweeter.
Ying Ying Tea House
We were already getting full from the two previous food trip, but it didn’t end there. Our next stop was Ying Ying Tea House found in the corner of Yuchenco Street and Dasmarinas Street. I was able to enjoy my favorite siomai and other dimsum platters including beef ball, . If you visit, be ready to be overwhelmed by their thick menu filled with different dimsum and drink options.
Check the vlog on the food and historical tour below:
I went there the second time and brought my friends on the food tour, and you can check our adventure here. Are there other food spots you’ve tried in Binondo? Which was your favorite? Share your experiences in the comments below.
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