OOTD: Half Tourist and Half Dweller

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As you’ve seen and perhaps read my past features, the Manila Chinatown is both laid-back and vibrant, like yin and yang, like the Chinoy connection itself. Once again I was with the Lifestyle Network’s FoodPrints team for the opening episode of Season 2 this May.  It was not as hectic since I live in the neighborhood.

Details and more BTS will follow soon. Chef Sandy Daza has a new look, by the way. Meanwhile, I had my own little adventures, like I found avocado dirty ice cream and Thai iced tea and a cool shop for Vichy, Biore and La Roche cosmetics!

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Very reasonably priced Thai icef tea at Mr. Ube along Ongpin. The owners are the Chuas, who’ve been helping put out fire in the urban jungles of Manila and other neighboring cities.

Avocado Dirty Ice CreamAvocado Dirty Ice CreamPhotographerNikki and Cris

Scriptwriter Nikki Alfonso and Director Cris Sevilla-Bilbao in urban street wear.

with Sandy Daza And Jeric Chua

Chef Sandy and a third generation Chua of the Eng Bee Tin and Chuan Kee stores, Jeric Chua.


Chuan Kee’s famous kiampong. Hahah, I bumped into Ilocanos enjoying their authentic Chinese specialties.

Chuan Kee

Northwestern University President Ms. Liza Nicolas and her staff.

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Isn’t that cute?

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Multigrain rice with taro at this store I’m going to feature soon. Sooo goood!

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Ms. Maritess Ang, owner of King Chef, one of the best places to dine out in Chinatown. A yummy place!

Black and White

In black and white, Red Balloon Executive Producer Ms. Jennie Celdran and direk Cris Bilbao.

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The teaser of the teaser. Street food.  Don’t miss my features on the FoodPrints intial episode on the world’s oldest Chinatown, established in the 1590s.

Avocado Dirty Ice Cream{Hahah! Outfit details: Thrifted shirt, Cotton On pajama shorts, Red Dot studded 2-way tote, Ipanema flip-flops}

Photographed by Nikki, Jeng, Patrick and Blauearth
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The Yummy Convolution: Ying Ying, Wai Ying and Lan Zhou La Mien

What's new, Chinatown?

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.

Ying Ying  Tea House

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.

Dumpling Noodle SoupTaro PuffsTaro PuffValenciana Rolls (Sticky Rice Rolls)Benavidez St., Chinatown, Manila

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.

Wai Ying Roasting

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!

Lan Zhou La MienLamien Noodle Stretching

We were at Lan Zhou La Mien. Lamien is a kind of hand-pulled noodles, their specialty.

Beef Cha Hohon

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.

Wai Ying

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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