With a big family like mine, dining expenses can be a bit of a problem. We had to eat somewhere because the cook was away and there was nothing to cook in the refrigerator. With only a one thousand peso bill in his wallet, the dad says, “I know somewhere.” Somewhere turns out to be Chow Bin, a new Chinese eat-in run by a Chinese couple from China’s Guangdong province. Besides being right next to a busy street, the place is small, with just four tables, but nevertheless far from being a greasy spoon.
The menu is made up of a few Chinese staples, including dumplings, siomai, kikiam, beef noodle soup, fried noodles, soya milk, and surprisingly, Filipino merienda items with Chinese origin like lomi, kimlo, miki and adobo.
I can’t believe a large bowl of beef noodle soup costs only 35 pesos. Bihon guisado (sautéed rice noodles with vegetables) is the most expensive here. Everything else is under 40 pesos.We had beef noodle soup, dumplings, kikiam (pork rolls) and chao fan. I wanted adobo egg (braised egg), but they didn’t have it. Among what I tasted, I liked the beef noodle soup a lot. The egg noodles that they use are good quality. The dumplings and chao fan were a little bland and the pork rolls were tasty, but oily. The boys reordered thrice, though.
The dad paid only 400 pesos for the six of us☺
Chow Bin P. Lazaro Ave., Peralta Building, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
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