Sushi Yum: That Little Japanese Place in Manila Chinatown

Sushi Yum

Going against a Chinese pattern on Benavidez Street is a Japanese restaurant named Sushi Yum. Very minimalist in decor, it is friendly especially to cost-conscious diners. Now a resident of Manila Chinatown, Brandon was happy to show us one of his go-to’s in Binondo. For students like him, he saves up for an occasional gyudon meal and green tea ice cream. Make no mistake about it, in spite of the young vibe, Sushi Yum is always full of all types of diners. It was his aunt who actually introduced him to Sushi Yum.

Sushi Yum 4Sushi Yum 2Sushi Yum 3Miso SoupGyudon BowlGreen Tea Ice Cream

There are many Japanese dishes to choose from, mostly contemporary favorites. The servings are filling. The beef gyudon I shared with Reny was nice and tender.

Sushi Yum’s green tea ice cream is one of the best I’ve tried so far. Tempura ice cream is also on the menu.

The little Japanese restaurant is something to try in Chinatown if you need to startle your palate.

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Good ‘ol La Resurreccion Chocolate

La Resurreccion Chocolate

When I was little, we’d occasionally have hot cups of chocolate made with tablea.

Hot cups of chocolate reappeared on the breakfast table when I gave birth to my first child.

Forcing daughters-in-law to rebuild all the shrunken pre-pregnancy energy by way of high energy and the so-called cleansing food would be imposed by Chinese mothers-in law. Traditionally, cocoa accompanied chicken cooked in aromatic sibut herbs and seeds. I was fed all kinds of chicken, from white to black. Those were the fattest, saddest 30 days of my life — in pajamas, with unwashed hair, a colicky baby and all the postpartum blues.

LA Resurreccion Chocolates

Following the incredible advancement of the world, with Starbucks and Cafe France presently occupying spaces on Chinoy land, La Resurreccion Chocolate, established in the 1930s along Ongpin Street, has survived the arrival of Horlicks, and then Ovaltine and Milo, and later Swiss Miss.

Chocolate tablets dissolved in hot water and beaten with a batirol is now rarefied, if not nostalgic. La Resurreccion has since moved to Benavidez Street.


The tablea are still packed the old way. They come in sweetened and unsweetened varieties. The factory is now in a different location.

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Things like these make me miss my childhood days.

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FoodPrints with Chef Sandy Daza in Food Happy Binondo

FoodPrints Binondo

Well-loved food columnist and restaurateur Chef Sandy Daza goes on another season of FoodPrints on the Lifestyle Network. He tries to trace Filipino food history in significant places.

Destination 1 is the heart of Binondo. Chef Sandy explores the heritage streets of Manila Chinatown with guests, food writer Margaux Salcedo and Palanca awardee Yvette Tan, and along the way, he discovers new finds and new friends.

May 18, 8:30 PM — Mark that on your calendars, friends!

Sandy Daza @ Manila ChinatownKiampongEng Bee TinBig Basket of SiomaiYing Ying BreakfastFried Silver Roll with CondensadaHong Ma and Man TauTasty PorkchopMargaux SalcedoRoyal sharksfin Seafood RestaurantAbalone RiceTofu and Scallops TausiPatatimCheers!FoodPrintsSincerity Fried Chicken and Oyster CakeMamiMasukiRubber DuckiesFoodPrints On Cam3-Way Peking DuckKing Chef 3-Way Peking Duck
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