DONG BEI DUMPLINGS
642 Yuchengco St.
Dong Bei Dumplings arguably sells the best dumplings in Binondo, specializing in cuisines from the northeastern (Dong Bei in Mandarin) part of China. Foodies troop to Dong Bei for their kuchay and pork dumplings, which are prepared at its dining area so customers can see how they’re made. Either boiled or fried, the dumplings come cheap; P80 gets you 10 pieces of dumplings.
ENG BEE TIN
628 Ongpin St.
The store, established in 1912, has become a Hopia empire with its trademark Ube Hopia. Eng Bee Tin also sells almost all the favorite Chinese delicacies of Pinoys. Celebrate Chinese New Year every day with tikoy that comes in different flavors such as ube, pandan, corn and the classic white and brown variety. Don’t miss out on other Chinese delicacies such as the almond cake and haw flakes, as well.
NEW PO-HENG LUMPIA HOUSE
Uy Su Bin Bldg 531 Quintin Paredes St.
All you need to know is that it’s one of Chinatown’s gems. That said, the Hokkein Lumpia of New Po Heng is a favorite among Chinoys. It consists of a scrumptuous mix of shredded carrots, lettuce, seaweed and crushed peanuts placed inside a wrapper and is best paired with New Po Heng’s trademark sweet spring roll sauce.
CHUAN KEE CHINESE FAST FOOD
650 Ongpin St., cor. Yuchengco St.
People troop to Chinatown’s own version of turo-turo for their wide variety of Chinese budget meals. Instead of serving the usual plain rice, Chuan Kee serves their specialty Kiampong, which is salted fried rice (brown in color due to soy sauce) that’s usually mixed with mushroom, pork and dried shrimps topped with peanuts. Kiampong is best paired with any kind of soup.
WORDS: ANTONIO ONGCHAP JR.
PHOTOS BY: JOVEL LORENZO