Binondo Food Trip Guide (2020 Edition)
MANILA, Philippines — You can never consider yourself a real foodie until you have scoured through Binondo. This district in Manila is considered as the oldest Chinatown in the world, which dates back to the early 1590s. Although it was established during the Spanish period, it had been an active place of commerce for Chinese traders even way before that. Today, this part of Manila is famous for Binondo Food Crawl – an activity that everyone enjoys to do with their friends and loved ones.
This place has seen centuries pass in front of it. If you are truly a foodie, you will delve into this historical place of trade, business, and gastronomy.
A lot of changes have occurred over time, but the food in the Philippines’ Little China remains delicious as always. Planning for a DIY Binondo Food Tour? If you are looking for a Food Trip Itinerary in Binondo, here are some of the best shops to start off with:
Dong Bei Dumplings
Location: 642 Yuchengco Street, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 9 AM to 8 PM
Telephone: (02) 241 8912
Dumplings are a Binondo staple, and they have some of the best ones here at Dong Bei Dumplings. If you are coming with a group of friends, their Pork Dumplings, sold at Php 200 for 14 pieces, are a must-try. Try their Fried Pancakes as well, which they prepare and cook at an amazing speed. If you are on a budget, including this shop on your food trip itinerary is highly recommended.
Tip: Like most restaurants in Binondo, Dong Bei Dumplings has not gone many renovations. The shop is pretty small, so do not expect to get a table during peak hours. This shop is also the best place to start your Binondo Food Tour 🙂
Ying Ying Tea House Restaurant
Location: 234 Dasmariñas St, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 7 AM to 2 AM
Phone: (02) 387 2797
Dim sum, congee, rice toppings, and noodles are just some of the things you can find in Ying Ying Tea House Restaurant’s affordable and wide-ranging Chinese cuisine menu. You can get a Hakao for Php 80, and Minced Beef Congee for just Php 110.
Tip: This restaurant has more than just one floor so it can accommodate a lot of guests even during peak hours. Just be careful when climbing and going down the narrow staircases.
Location: 650 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 6 AM to 10 PM
Telephone: (02) 288 8888 Ext 230
Is it seafood Lomi, kamto soup, beef wanton, or tofu that you are looking for? Come to Café Mezzanine. Just like most food shops here in Binondo, Café Mezzanine offers really inexpensive dishes that are perfect for your barkada meryenda. Did I mention they have Soup No. 5 here as well?
Tip: Café Mezzanine is located on the second floor of another restaurant called Chuan Kee Fastfood. If you still have room in your tummy after indulging in the huge servings of Café Mezzanine, consider having some more on the first floor.
Sincerity Café and Restaurant
Location: 497 Yuchengco St, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 10 AM to 10 PM
Contact Number: (02) 241 9991
Fried chicken is another Chinese cuisine staple. Yeah, sure, Filipino cuisine has a lot of fried chicken dishes too, but you will miss a lot if you don’t try the Sincerity Fried Chicken of Sincerity Café and Restaurant. It’s just priced at Php 180 for Half Fried Chicken.
Tip: The restaurant has two floors. If you want faster service, you should get a table on the ground floor or outside the resto.
Ho-land Hopia & Bakery
Location: 551 Yuchengco St, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: MTWFSat from 7:30 AM to 8 PM; Thursdays from 9 AM to 8 PM; Sundays at 7:30 AM to 5 PM
Telephone: (02) 242 9595
This is your go-to for Chinese meryenda: tikoy, machang, and… you guessed it—hopia! Feel free to try the other delicacies on their menu. Don’t miss their mango hopia, their bestseller.
Tip: Ho-land is a bakery, not a café where you can eat on a table and hang out. It is best to buy from there and eat somewhere else, perhaps bring the delicacies home.
New Po Heng Lumpia House
Location: 627 Carvajal St, Binondo, Manila, 1006 Metro Manila
Opening days/hours: MTWThFS from 7 AM to 9 PM; Sundays from 8 AM to 5 PM
Known for its lumpia and misua guisado, this little shop, located in the pink Uysubin Building, is hard to miss. It’s a canteen of sorts, and their bestselling lumpia only costs Php95. Your Binondo Food Trip will not be complete without this resto in your list of restaurants to visit.
Tip: Do not be misled by the cheap price… one fresh lumpia can actually fill more than one tummy! See if you can finish one before ordering more than one serving.
Location: 929 Benavidez Street, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Sunday to Thursday from 7 AM to 10:30 PM, Fridays, and Saturdays from 7 AM to 11 PM
Contact number: (02) 244 0745
Masuki has a relatively smaller menu, but what makes it an advantage is that it’s easier to choose what to eat. Choose either dim sum or mami at an affordable price.
Tip: Their mami starts at Php 130, and is their bestseller.
Location: 783 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 5 AM to 10:30 PM
Contact info: (02) 733 1397
If you like starting your day with pan de sal and a tasa of coffee, then you will surely love starting your day with Salazar Bakery’s classic pastries, like Monay, Flower Shaped Bread, and Pan de Lemon.
Tip: When you do choose to visit here, do not forget to buy their mooncakes…it’s a Chinese pastry staple!
Ongpin Mañosa Restaurant
Location: 926 Ongpin St., Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Open daily
Ongpin Mañosa is actually a smalltime karinderya that has been around for quite some time, so do not expect the fanciness of a restaurant or the service of a waiter. They have averagely priced—but delicious—food.
Tip: People love their maki here. Perhaps you will, too.
ZCT Delicious Restaurant
Location: 580 F. Torres Corner G. Puyat Street, Santa Cruz, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily at 10:30 AM to 12 MN
Telephone: (02) 733 0394
Choose from Chinese cuisine like Machang, Beef of Maki, and Pancit Canton, or alternatively hang out with your friends and get one of the dishes in their Pulutan menu (includes Stuffed Shrimp for just Php 70, Goyong for Php 100 and our highly recommended Lechon Kawali).
Tip: Delicious Restaurant is frequently visited because of their really good prices, so avoid the peak hours—or if you can’t, be prepared to wait for a table.
Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli
Location: 650 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 7:30 Am to 8:30 PM
Contact: (02) 241 9999
Remember Café Mezzanine from above? Eng Bee Tin is located just next to it and they offer almost all the hopia variants that you can imagine. They have Ube, Ube Langka, Custard, and even Mochaccino Hopia, which all start at Php 60 above.
Tip: This is just a fairly small bakery so you might prefer to bring your hopia home instead.
Shanghai Fried Siopao
Location: Ongpin St., Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 8 AM to 10 PM
What makes siopao “Siopao” is that it’s a steamed bun stuffed with asado. But what if the bottom is fried, for a crispy, yummy finish? Experience it for just Php 20 per piece.
Tip: Eat the fried siopao while it’s hot!
The Original Salido Restaurant
Location: 839 Ongipin St., Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 6 AM to 9 PM
Telephone: (02) 521 3333
Another must-go-to restaurant is The Original Salido Restaurant. This has been in business for a while now so you might notice while having your yang chow and pork asado for breakfast, that most of the customers are the older Chinese folks.
Tip: Have a taste of their Buchi and brewed coffee—which has been a local favorite for years.
Wai Ying Fastfood
Location: 810 Benavidez Street, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 7 AM to 2 AM
Contact: (02) 254 3326
For just Php90, you can get your own serving of Curry Beef Siomai, one of the restaurant’s must-tries. Or, if you prefer heavier meals, try their Roasted Duck, which is just priced at Php240.
Tip: Dim sum is best eaten when they are hot. Do not order several meals at once and have the others cool down!
Lan Zhou La Mien
Location: 818 Benavidez Street, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 8 AM to 9 PM
Are you a fan of unli rice? Then you might be a fan of the idea of having refillable broth in your bowl of Lan Zhou La Mien noodles. This restaurant produces hand-stretched Lamien noodles, which you can have for just Php200.
Tip: Lamien is often called longevity noodles, which are very, very long. You may request for scissors to have your noodles cut into shorter strands.
Location: 637-639 Carvajal Street, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 9 AM to 6:30 PM
Quik Snack is one of those long-running restaurants that everyone loves. They offer classic lutong Bahay dishes like Misua Guisado and of course, the quintessential Chinese lumpia.
Tip: This is located near Sincerity Café and Restaurant, which is the perfect resto to go to next if you are restaurant hopping.
Ang Tunay Beef House
Location: 825 Sabino Padilla Street, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Monday to Saturday from 7 AM to 9:30 PM, Sundays from 7 AM to 2 AM
Telephone: (02) 733 1106
Despite the name of this restaurant, you can actually choose from a wide range of vegetable dishes like Spinach, Mustasa, and Bamboo Shoots, in addition to the meat dishes that they serve.
Tip: Order their brewed coffee after a meal. It’s a hidden gem that is possibly better than most overrated coffee shops.
LGA Fast Food-Estero
Location: Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM
If you are craving for Chinese dishes with a Filipino touch to it, go to LGA Fast Food-Estero. There are plenty of soups to choose from, and classic Chicken dishes like Buttered Chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken, and Garlic Chicken.
Tip: Make sure to locate this little restaurant before heading out. Many say it’s hard to find.
Location: Norberto Ty St, Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila
Telephone: (02) 242 5195
Aside from their crispy Pork Chop Rice, also try their Hongma and Silver Roll Bread. Hong Ma is their version of Fujian Chinese Soy Sauce Braised Pork. Hong Ma is also the origin of our Visayan Humba. This restaurant is now added on our list of favorite restaurants whenever we do our bi-monthly Binondo Food Crawl.
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Binondo Food Tour Package
The Big Binondo Food Wok
- Eat your way around Manila’s historic Chinatown.
- Try mouth-watering local neighborhood dishes like lumpia, siopao, pancit, champoy, and more!
- Get to know the people of the local Tsinoy community as you explore the area with your group.
- Bring home some souvenirs from a local store that specializes in tasty Chinese delicacies.