Even a part-time Binondo resident can get lost in the centuries-old labyrinth of a plethora of establishments in Chinatown. The food adventure story starts when I ask the hubby to take me to Wai Ying. I was happy I didn’t have to traipse solo through narrow esteros later in the day when he says he’s been there with foodie Johnny. From the end of Yuchengco (formerly Nueva) Street, we walked to the corner of Dasmariñas Street. My eyes roll in amusement — the signage reads Ying Ying.
Because he says food is good, I decided to forego my Wai Ying ambition. Didn’t you notice? We passed by metered parking in Chinatown. Instead of coins, you put in prepaid cards available at the moment from Manila traffic aides.
I can’t complain, food is great at Ying Ying! The throng of eaters at 7 AM says it all. Biting the greaseless taro puff’s dainty flaky pastry and into the creamy taro layer and ultimately the centermost blob of flavorful minced meat, amplified with bold Hoisin flavors in the dipping sauce is a breath of fresh air.
Reny gets his dumpling soup. I get carried away and order Valenciana roll. Intrigued is the better word. I was expecting something like a round machang. Nevertheless, the sticky rice-centered pao is fine as well.
Later in the day, in Benavidez St., (try to look into the photo right above) he seems to walk in the direction of Wai Ying.
Meanwhile, I take photos of the little Wai Ying Roasting store. He tells me he’s bought roast goose a couple of times from the store. He was standing in front of a restaurant right next to the meat store. I don’t know how it happened in a jiff — we got ourselves seated in that eatery, ordered cha hohon, took photos inside, scribbled down notes. He hears me say Wai Ying and then he says matter-of-factly, “We are not in Wai Ying.” You’re right! I enjoy the beef hohon!
We were at Lan Zhou La Mien. Lamien is a kind of hand-pulled noodles, their specialty.
It’s my first encounter with stir-fried noodles in lots of tomatoes. The flat rice noodles were nice to the bite. I’m saving another day for the spaghetti-like tomato noodle.
The Wai Ying I’ve been searching for happens to be at the other side of the Wai Ying Roasting, about 2 stores away. It was glutted, so maybe next time.
A happy weekend, everyone!
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