Dim sum and more at Golden Fortune Seafood Restaurant

Fish and Mustard Soup

Hearty eating is compatible with dining with my parents. Three times in a row, we ate at the Golden Fortune Seafood Restaurant that has been around for quite a long time at the first floor of Peace Hotel in Binondo. I was there before, and yet the experience felt new once again. Having eaten at nearly all the restaurants in Binondo, I can sufficiently rate the quality of food from this Chinese restaurant.

Take, for instance, their hakaw. You have to wait a bit ‘coz they have to steam them fresh to avoid that dried out texture. Theirs pass my test.

Stuffed Tofu

I love(!) it when they try to meet special requests, like I asked for fresh mustard leaves in a soup, but with something else other than in the menu. The out of the box mustard and lapu-lapu combination turned out first-rate. Mom’s stuffed tofu was so appetizing. We all loved the seafood canton, which we ordered in place of rice every time.

Golden Fortune was always packed. Obviously a favorite for dim sum and hot pot. Prices are commensurate to quality, still within reach.

Golden Fortune Seafood Restaurant Ground Floor Peace Hotel 1283 Soler St. Binondo, Manila

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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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