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)?

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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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Big Breakfast at Ying Ying


Ying Ying Tea House is not new to this blog. I discovered it by accident (read story here). It’s become an instinctive habit upon reaching Manila. Hot congee or mami with something from the dim sum of the day will surely wake up your day. If you haven’t heard, the owner used to work at President Restaurant.

Bola Bola Siopao

I saw someone eating siopao at the other table, so I had to have one. The textures of both the bread and the filling are beautifully done, obviously freshly made.

Fish Cake Mami

I’m having this affair with fish ball soup. It’s something I crave for everyday. They ran out of fish balls, but fish cake was a fine substitute. The size and texture of the noodles are done the traditional way, very pleasing, while the soup was tasty and comforting.

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Though the texture is generally nice, the radish cake can be more improved with some zest perhaps. As always, the duck congee packs so much flavor in one bowl.

Hot and ColdFried Silver Rolls with Condensed Milk

To complete the breakfast at Ying Ying, we had to have fried silver rolls with the necessary morning milk.

Ying Ying Tea House Dasmariñas cor. Yuchengco Streets., Binondo, Manila Open 7 AM to 2 AM

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Cantonese Dim Sum at King Chef

Steamed Rice and Chicken and Sausage Topping

Dim sum is said to be originally Cantonese. Cooks from the province of Guangdong are run-after for their traditional Cantonese cooking. At King Chef, 3-5PM is the best time to enjoy cha (tea) and a filling of your most favorite dim sum fare. Why? Dim sum is half off! On normal hours, every little bamboo basket would be anything but cheap.

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The King Chef at Lucky Chinatown is huge, the feel very Chinese, the contemporary interior design reminiscent of big tea houses abroad.

The menu is extensive. Beyond the dim sum we had, I was most happy with the steamed rice and topping. The juices of Chinese sausage combined with chicken and notes of herbs and subtle spices enveloped the fragrant, very warm long grain rice. So ambrosial (especially when it’s the first meal of the day)! In fact, I wanted to sample all the other steamed  rice variations  (however, not included in the dim sum promo). Imagine rice cooked in salmon juices!

Their fatter pot stickers like kuchay (chives) and hakaw  (shrimp) were essentially ticklish, the seasonings were light yet so finely balanced.

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However, I didn’t quite like their version of the radish cake. Perhaps ‘coz I’m so used to the unscorched type with lots of hebi (hibi/hibe/dried shrimps).

I think King Chef has other branches like the one on Banawe St. in Quezon City.


It’s past 3PM… am missing Manila!

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