My family and I visited Binondo or Chinatown in Manila to satiate our gastronomic cravings as well as to teach our kids a bit about the fusion of Filipino and Chinese cultures. We knew that this place is the home for the most scrumptious Chinese dimsum and pastries, plus there are many other food adventures to look forward to there.
We first absorbed the beauty of the place. We wanted to feel tired so that we'd have a heightened appreciation for our upcoming lunch. There were many shops that sold charms and amulets and my kids were amazed at how each crystal can have a different effect on the moods and emotions as well as the well-being and even the level of wealth of an individual. We bought a turtle paper weight for my home office (we were told that when we position it on the southeast part of our home that we'd have increased productivity, let's see).
Anyhow, after going from shop to shop, window shopping, and laughing out loud, we decided that it was time to fill our tummies with great food. I explicitly told my kids and my hubby to just sample the food so that we can still go around and taste the rest of the Chinese goodies.
We decided to eat at...
Sincerity. You just gotta try the dishes that they serve there. It is one of the most famous restaurants in that area. They have been around since 1996 and their renowned dish is their Oriental fried chicken. We also ordered fried rice and oyster omelet (this one only I got to appreciate 'coz my family didn't want it, dunno why). We downed our food with Coke Zero.
So, guess what happened after we ate there? We didn't get to enjoy other foods elsewhere! Our original plan of eating samples of everything did not pan out. We did not get to taste the lumpia on the streets, fried siopao, and lamien (a bowl of hot noodles). We only got to enjoy one other food which was the empanada from Amah's Kitchen --
We were so full that we had to roam around again so that we could burn the carbs that we just ingested. And we were truly, truly repentant that we didn't get to taste the infamous Dong Bei dumplings below --
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Before driving home, we got ourselves some Chinese medicine (nah, it was only a big bottle of Pei Pa Koa) and a box of these scrumptious egg tarts from Lord Stow's Bakery.
And then it was time to say goodbye to the place. What an amazing gastronomic and cultural experience it was for our whole family. We will surely go back there soon!
E.S. Villamor has made a career in writing for a decade now. Her online business - GIML (Gabriela Isabel & Miguel Lucas) Publishing started in 2014. She advocated for women's rights and was once enamored with imparting financial literacy through training and blogs but she is now focused on propagating all things Filipino. This site is also being groomed as a rich homeschooling resource.