A Binondo Wok

7 Jun

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Meeting place was Binondo Church at 9am πŸ™‚ But first I lit a candle for thanksgiving.

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I always pass this Church when I’m on my way to Divisoria.Β  But I never saw the inside.

What a beautiful Church!

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Cute trinkets.

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I have always wanted to join this Binondo Food Tour.Β  And since my sister was in town, we decided to book four slots last Saturday, May 31, 2014.Β  It was me, my sister, mom and dad.Β  I think I was the most excited.Β  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.Β  Haha!Β  Scroll down if you have the time or if you’ve already taken the tour.Β  Warning to those who haven’t:Β  Spoiler alert!Β  Haha! πŸ™‚

This Binondo Food Tour was brought to you by Old Manila Walks. πŸ™‚

We begin with a little bit of history… πŸ™‚

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My sister and I just had coffee that morning.Β  Saved our stomach for all the food we’re about to eat! πŸ™‚

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It was a lazy, catty morning πŸ™‚

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Goodmorning from our dear tour guide, Ivan Man Dy πŸ™‚

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Hot tea for everyone.

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The tour begins with our appetizers πŸ™‚

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Β A very fresh lumpia… πŸ™‚Β  There was so much filling, I felt like I was eating a burrito πŸ™‚

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My dad about to try the fresh lumpia πŸ™‚

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This is what’s inside πŸ™‚

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On our way to the next stop, saw some fresh fruit stands πŸ™‚

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Beautiful colors.Β  Beautiful morning πŸ™‚

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At our next stop πŸ™‚

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So excited to find out what we’ll be eating next πŸ™‚

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Ivan brings out a plate full of “kuchay”!!! My favorite Chinese empanada πŸ™‚Β  YUMMERS.

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This was sooooo good.

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A plate full of extra large tofu! πŸ™‚

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A plate of spicy pansit.Β  LOVE.

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Ivan told us that the owner of this little restaurant was Amah Pilar πŸ™‚Β  She opened this restaurant at the age of sixty.Β  It’s never too late to open up your own business! πŸ™‚

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Outside the restaurant, there is an abundant supply of tofu πŸ™‚

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So many interesting food to see in the streets of Binondo.

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Can you guess what some of these are? πŸ™‚

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On our way to the next destination, cute girl scouts were selling yema πŸ™‚Β  Yema for everyone!!! Thanks, Ivan πŸ™‚

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My dad, mom and Ate ready for the third course.Β  LOL! πŸ™‚Β  Kaya pa???

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They make the dumplings by the entrance for everyone to see πŸ™‚

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But the secret is in the filling πŸ™‚

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I wonder how many they make in a day!

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Manong Taho!!! πŸ™‚

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Taho for everyone!Β  Who doesn’t love taho?!?! πŸ™‚

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Special sauce for the dumplings.

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More tea?

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Dong Bei Dumplings!!! πŸ™‚ Winner!!!

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My mom’s favorite πŸ™‚

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“Pancakes”, anyone? πŸ™‚ These were so yummy, too!

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Chicken with an Indian twist πŸ™‚

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The next stop was a little stall that sold fried siopao πŸ™‚

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I was already so full so I took home my fried siopao and had it at home for merienda.Β  My only regret… Not taking more fried siopao home!Β  I can’t stop thinking about these!!!Β  I have to go back to Binondo ASAP for these.

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Bicho Bicho! πŸ™‚Β  This is so good with sugar and some hot chocolate.Β  But maybe not on that very very very hot day πŸ™‚

Reminds me of churros! πŸ™‚

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I am so not good at directions.Β  I really didn’t know exactly where we were πŸ™‚ Haha!Β  But these street signs may help.

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A quick stop at a “sari-sari” store.Β  Sari-saring snacks and preserved food πŸ™‚

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Yummy treats and snacks πŸ™‚

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My favorite, good ‘ol cornicks πŸ™‚

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My dad enjoying all the snacks handed to him.Β  Haha!Β  Going strong!!! πŸ™‚

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I’ve never eaten so much within three hours.Β  Oh wait, yes, I think I have…Β  Haha!

So this was our final stop! πŸ™‚Β  Before we go, picture picture first with our super fun tour guide, Ivan! πŸ™‚Β  Thanks so much, Ivan, for the tour!Β  We enjoyed all the places you took us to and we’ll definitely be back in Binondo.Β  And I won’t forget to take out my fried siopao (as in maraming fried siopao!) next time! Hehe…

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That was really the perfect way to spend our Saturday morning πŸ™‚Β  Thanks also to my super talented sister, my Ate Candy, for taking this photo of me and my folks.Β  Never had a happier photo with them πŸ™‚Β  I will remember this image forever! πŸ™‚

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Sio-meow, anyone? πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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