Unmistakably Wai Ying

Wai Ying

Wai Ying Fastfood, a Chinese restaurant on Benavidez St. in Manila Chinatown is such a hit with the Filipino palate. You will see mostly students and Divisoria shoppers among the diners. We were lucky to have had a table in the morning, otherwise it would be fully packed the rest of the day. I perfectly understand why it is hard to convince them to open their doors to TV cameras. They are warm though towards personal cams.

Remember the yummy convolution (here)?

DeliveryBrothDim Sum BasketsWai YingWai Ying BreakfastSiopaoBaristaAsado MamiFish Cake Hofan

Their bola-bola siopao (pork bun) complements the asado mami (barbecued pork noodles). My hofan (rice noodle) soup was a bit bland. I would have liked more my fish cake paired with egg noodles. I’m still returning, but to try their other dim sum specialties.

Service is nice and quick. Prices are friendly as well.

Wai Ying Fastfood 810 Benavidez Street, Binondo, Manila Open from 7 AM to 2 AM Tel No.: 242 0310

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Dining at a Century-Old Restaurant in Metro Manila

Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz

From the Condesa side of the Binondo Church (the Norberto Ty St.), we strolled to the direction of the San Nicolas district in Binondo, where period houses are getting fewer and fewer to make way for commercial buildings. The narrow streets are still dimly lit, giving you a feeling of the olden days.

Binondo ChurchSan Fernando cor. Sto. Cristo Streets, BinondoIlang-Ilang Restaurant

On Ilang-Ilang St., where you will find the oldest Chinese restaurant in Manila, there is also another century-old restaurant that bears the name of the street. It is so out of the way that you tend to forget there’s a visit-worthy Fukien restaurant if you’re longing for nostalgia. Still owned by the Chings, the restaurant’s ambiance is not too old anymore, but the food that dates back to 1910 is one and the same. My husband says, his father and his friends used to linger at the restaurant when they were younger. They all came from the same province in China to settle in the Philippines.

Today, Ilang-Ilang is a popular caterer, reaching as far as the provinces. They prepare lauriat for the Chinese Temple festivities here in Ilocos, occasionally.

Diok Pit He and NgohiongDiok pit heChinese Dinner

We had disagreements on what food to order, so the dishes on the table kinda look alike except the liver with garlic and snow peas, which my late father-in-law used to cook at home. The diok pit he (stuffed prawns)  is a dish I’ve loved since I was little.

The camaron rebosado wasn’t as good as the salt and pepper pork. The specialties are lomi, chami, taro guisado, fried pigeon, jeweled chicken, steamed fish or suahe (prawns). In fact, there’s quite a long list.

Salt and Pepper PorkCamaron RebosadoWest Binondo

Ilang Ilang Restaurant 551 Ilang-Ilang St., Binondo, Manila Open 8 AM – 10:45 PM Tel. No.: 241 9297 / 241 9298/ 241 6135 / 242 3266 CP. No.: 0922 841 9298 Email: ilangilang@lycos.com

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All the Mooncakes in Manila Chinatown

Far Eastern Mooncakes

Though the Philippines is enjoying only two seasons, the Chinese community in the country celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival, dubbed locally as the Mooncake Festival. This year, it falls on the 8th of September. In the country, it’s all about moon worship, family and friends’ reunions, games, thanksgiving and prayer. The mooncake, which symbolizes unity, is shared with loved ones, colleagues and business associates.

Year after year, I look forward to mooncake festivities and my own box of mooncakes to share with family and friends. Double Egg Lotus and Mixed Nuts are my faves. I went around the Chinatown in Binondo to pick some. Have you bought yours?

Far Eastern Mooncake CounterThe award-winning mooncakes of Far Eastern Mooncakes on Gandara cor. Ongpin Sts.Diao Eng Chay MooncakesDiao Eng Chay has those complete sets of hopia for dice games.Shin Tai Shang MooncakesShin Tai ShangShin Tai-Shang Foods’ colorful Taiwanese mooncakes. It is located along Salazar St.Salazar BakerySalazar Balery WindowOf course, Salazar Bakery, is a classic go-to for Chinese sweets and pastries.Mooncakes at Bee TinAn assortment of mooncakes from China at the Bee Tin Chinese deli store along Ongpin.Mooncake Gift BagMooncake SetMooncakeMooncake BoxMooncake SellerKaisha Mart, on Ongpin, has a good selection of HongKong as well as China-made mooncakes.Eng Bee TinThen there’s also Eng Bee Tin, which has the most interesting flavors, among them chocolate-flavored mooncakes. Eng Bee Tin is on Onpin. You’ll also find the cakes at Mr. Ube.Chocolate MooncakeMooncake TinsMoon Cake BuyerMooncakes
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