Binondo, most commonly known as Chinatown in the Philippines, is one of Manila’s famous commercial districts.
Established in 1594, Binondo is considered as the oldest Chinatown in the world. Nowadays, people flock to Binondo not just to shop, but to experience authentic Chinese food this side of the Metro. From fancy restaurants serving lauriat to hole-in-the-wall establishments, Binondo has something to offer.
If you’re in for some Chinese cuisine and a bit of history, read on and see our list of go-to spots for your next Binondo food crawl.
If you love dumplings, you may want to begin your food adventure here. This hole-in-the-wall shop at E.T. Yuchengco and V. Tytana streets has gained popularity for serving freshly made, authentic homemade dumplings. Among the must-try at Dong Bei Dumplings are pork dumplings, kuchay with pork dumping, deep-fried scallion cakes, and stir-fried chicken with carrots and cucumber.
You can see how these scrumptious morsels are made from scratch right in front of you!
Dong Bei Dumplings
642 Yuchengco Street Binondo, Manila
(02) 241 8912
Daily, 9AM - 8PM
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Located in Quintin Paredes Street is a small family-run eatery hidden within a courtyard of an Art Deco building. Their signature dish is lumpiang sariwa (Chinese spring rolls with vegetables and peanut sauce) made of the freshest ingredients and for only fifty pesos, it’s quite filling.
3. Presidential Grand Palace Restaurant
Ever since this restaurant opened back in 1979, the list of patrons that include politicians and celebrities has never stopped growing. This Binondo institution can occupy 700 guests is perfect for big events such as weddings, birthdays, parties, and conventions. Although the menu at Presidential Grand Palace Restaurant is a bit pricey, it’s worth it if you’re looking for authentic Cantonese cuisine.
Presidential Grand Palace
746-750 Ongpin Street
(02) 244 5886
Daily, 8AM - 10PM
4. Wai Ying Fast Food
Located in Benavidez Street is this two-storey restaurant in operation for almost two decades. Like many Chinese restaurants around Binondo, Wai Ying also serves authentic Chinese dishes though in a more relaxed setting. Their menu includes a selection of mami (noodles with soup broth and vegetables), rice meals, and an assortment of dimsum. Some advice though, parking is limited and better arrive early as it can get crowded.
Wai Ying Fast Food
810 Benavidez Street
Daily, 7AM - 2AM
Established in 1947, Salazar Bakery is famous for their pastries, breads, and cakes ready especially during Chinese New Year. You can also purchase other Chinese baked goods such as moon cakes, hopia (bean-filled pastry), meat pies, and sticky desserts like tikoy (rice cakes).
783 Ongpin Street
(02) 733 1392
Daily, 5AM - 10:30PM
Established in 1912 by Mr. Chua Chiu Hon, what started out as a simple stall in the heart of Ongpin, Manila became well known for its traditional Chinese delicacies, such as hopia (bean-filled cakes), tikoy (sticky glutinous pies) and glutinous balls.
The company is also one of the biggest international exporters of hopia, delivering to the rest of Asia, Middle East, Europe, and the USA. They’ve also branched out into the restaurant business with the inclusion of Mr. Ube which has several locations in Metro Manila.
Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli
628 Ongpin Street
(02) 288 8888
(02) 241 9999
Originally known as Ma Kong Mami, Masuki started it's mami (noodle) business sometime in the 1930's. What made Masuki popular is their noodles which are very bouncy in texture, thanks to their bamboo kneading technique used to make them.
A must-try is Masuki’s Original Mami served with slices of chicken and pork asado (pork cooked in sweet garlic soy sauce), along with firm handmade noodles and their special broth.
Don’t be deceived by the name because once you reach the place! You’re in for a sampling of Chinese deli that won't burn a hole in your pocket. As the name suggests, Estero Alley in Binondo is a series of food shops located next to a creek. You can enjoy your meal al fresco or inside their many air-conditioned dining rooms.
Estero Fast Food
(02) 644 4028
Daily, 9:30AM - 9:30PM
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