By: Juan Carlos Sevilla
When the quarantine economy brought about by the pandemic startic , several restaurants and food establishments have shifted to online delivery or pick-up to ensure health and safety of their customers and staff. But with the GCQ (General Community Quarantine) and MGCQ (Modified General Community Quarantine) slowly taking place in different parts of the country, restrictions are slowly starting to loosen up, and several food establishments have started to open their doors to dine-in customers, with safety protocols in place.
This means Pinoys’ favorite Binondo restaurants will soon be available to take orders! SEA Wave created a High Five list of restaurants to watch out in the oldest Chinatown in the world!
Ying Ying Tea House
233-235 Dasmarinas st. corner Yuchengo st.
One thing I’ve learned from a Fil-Chi friend is a good and authentic Chinese food doesn’t necessarily need to be expensive. This restaurant sitting at the corners of Dasmarinas and Yuchengco streets offers a wide range of Chinese food, from pork, beef, fish, and vegetables. Yingying Restaurant gives you authentic Chinese food without spending too much!
Must Try: Fried Wonton and Fried Dumplings
810 Benavidez Street
People going to Binondo for a food crawl never miss this place in their itinerary for the reason that you can have as many dimsum as you want without spending a lot. But if you’re going to dine inside, place an order by intervals as your food might cool faster because of the restaurant’s cool air-conditioning.
Must Try: Salted Egg Siopao and Curry Beef Dumpling
Sincerity Café and Restaurant
497 Yuchengco Street
The fried chicken debate maybe loaded at the top, but Sincerity Café and Restaurant is a class of its own. Fried Chicken is not a Chinese food staple, but this restaurant dared to be different in a world loaded with lamien and bimsum by serving one of the best fried chickens in the metro.
Tip: The fried chicken goes well with their simple tomato ketchup
Shanghai Fried Siopao
Ongpin corner Bahamas Street
Don’t get confused by its name, the siopao being sold in this stall is still a pork-floss filled steamed bun but fried at the bottom. If you are a first time Binondo crawler, there is a chance you might pass along this stall in Ongpin St. Just look for the long queue of people waiting for their chance to munch on a steaming bun.
Tip: The fried siopaos get easily sold out as early as 6 p.m – so come earlier to anticipate a long queue.
Dong Bei Dumplings
642 Yuchengco Street
If you’re getting a little bit adventurous in dining, then Dong Bei Dumplings is the right place for you. The restaurant champions their Kuchay Dumplings which is made to order. It is not new to frequent diners of this restaurant to eat along with the Achi-es wrapping the dumplings and the Taoke assisting his crew. Never judge a book by its cover indeed, as this small restaurant in Yuchengco serves a mouth-watering Dumplings, and one of the best in town.
Tip: Visit this place during off-hours as people line-up just to dine in this restaurant.
Did we miss any restaurants on your list? We know there’s a lot more Binondo can offer. Let us know! Comment down below!