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.

Ying Ying NoodlesRadish CakeRadish Cake

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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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.

Sushi Yum 5
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Mañosa’s Shin Din Kha Maki Place

Fish Maki

Anywhere you go in Binondo, there is always something eye catching for the foodie. Lately, Benavidez is turning into an interesting one-street food destination, if you’re not the person who likes to walk a lot. There’s a nearby parking lot, so you can conveniently step out into a street with food places that won’t hurt your pocket.

We tried two places during our last Manila trip. Place no. 1 to add to your Binondo food trip is Shin Din Kha Maki Place for maki and maki mi and a whole lot more. It’s operated by the same family behind the iconic Mañosa Restaurant Co. (here). By  the way, it’s sad to hear that the old panciteria on Ongpin St. got burned down only recently. Maki Place says, it will take maybe 2-3 months before it reopens. So, for the fans of Mañosa, Maki Place is an alternative. Just please be forewarned that the chami of Maki Place is not the same chami you’re used to. I think they don’t put that pungent sate in it.

Maki PlaceMaki

But anyway, the maki and ngohiong (kikiam-like pork rolls) you love are pretty much the same. A new discovery is their fish maki. In stark contrast to say pork or beef maki, it is so white and devoid of soy sauce. Maki is an acquired taste. It isn’t maki if it’s not thick and sticky. Maki mi is the same gooey soup with the addition of noodles.

Check out place no. 2 in the next post

Maki Place 2KikiamSiomai

Their siomai is like the huge, dense siomai in the olden days. We ordered salt and pepper pork, but their version is the sauteed kind. The Hainan chicken was a bit disappointing, but on the whole, Maki Place is still one good stop for old-time favorites that will bring you back to your grandmother or mother’s cooking in your younger years.

Salt and Pepper PorkHainan Chicken

Shin Din Kha Maki Place 916 Benavidez St (02) 516 4644 Open 9 AM-10 PM.

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