Meeting place was Binondo Church at 9am :) But first I lit a candle for thanksgiving.
I always pass this Church when I’m on my way to Divisoria. But I never saw the inside.
What a beautiful Church!
I have always wanted to join this Binondo Food Tour. And since my sister was in town, we decided to book four slots last Saturday, May 31, 2014. It was me, my sister, mom and dad. I think I was the most excited. I love food, especially Chinese food.
This blog post is a little bit long and it will show you what we did during the entire tour. Haha! Scroll down if you have the time or if you’ve already taken the tour. Warning to those who haven’t: Spoiler alert! Haha! :)
This Binondo Food Tour was brought to you by Old Manila Walks. :)
We begin with a little bit of history… :)
My sister and I just had coffee that morning. Saved our stomach for all the food we’re about to eat! :)
It was a lazy, catty morning :)
Goodmorning from our dear tour guide, Ivan Man Dy :)
Hot tea for everyone.
The tour begins with our appetizers :)
A very fresh lumpia… :) There was so much filling, I felt like I was eating a burrito :)
My dad about to try the fresh lumpia :)
This is what’s inside :)
On our way to the next stop, saw some fresh fruit stands :)
Beautiful colors. Beautiful morning :)
At our next stop :)
So excited to find out what we’ll be eating next :)
Ivan brings out a plate full of “kuchay”!!! My favorite Chinese empanada :) YUMMERS.
This was sooooo good.
A plate full of extra large tofu! :)
A plate of spicy pansit. LOVE.
Ivan told us that the owner of this little restaurant was Amah Pilar :) She opened this restaurant at the age of sixty. It’s never too late to open up your own business! :)
Outside the restaurant, there is an abundant supply of tofu :)
So many interesting food to see in the streets of Binondo.
Can you guess what some of these are? :)
On our way to the next destination, cute girl scouts were selling yema :) Yema for everyone!!! Thanks, Ivan :)
My dad, mom and Ate ready for the third course. LOL! :) Kaya pa???
They make the dumplings by the entrance for everyone to see :)
But the secret is in the filling :)
I wonder how many they make in a day!
Manong Taho!!! :)
Taho for everyone! Who doesn’t love taho?!?! :)
Special sauce for the dumplings.
Dong Bei Dumplings!!! :) Winner!!!
My mom’s favorite :)
“Pancakes”, anyone? :) These were so yummy, too!
Chicken with an Indian twist :)
The next stop was a little stall that sold fried siopao :)
I was already so full so I took home my fried siopao and had it at home for merienda. My only regret… Not taking more fried siopao home! I can’t stop thinking about these!!! I have to go back to Binondo ASAP for these.
Bicho Bicho! :) This is so good with sugar and some hot chocolate. But maybe not on that very very very hot day :)
Reminds me of churros! :)
I am so not good at directions. I really didn’t know exactly where we were :) Haha! But these street signs may help.
A quick stop at a “sari-sari” store. Sari-saring snacks and preserved food :)
Yummy treats and snacks :)
My favorite, good ‘ol cornicks :)
My dad enjoying all the snacks handed to him. Haha! Going strong!!! :)
I’ve never eaten so much within three hours. Oh wait, yes, I think I have… Haha!
So this was our final stop! :) Before we go, picture picture first with our super fun tour guide, Ivan! :) Thanks so much, Ivan, for the tour! We enjoyed all the places you took us to and we’ll definitely be back in Binondo. And I won’t forget to take out my fried siopao (as in maraming fried siopao!) next time! Hehe…
That was really the perfect way to spend our Saturday morning :) Thanks also to my super talented sister, my Ate Candy, for taking this photo of me and my folks. Never had a happier photo with them :) I will remember this image forever! :)
Sio-meow, anyone? :)