14 Hole-in-the-Wall Spots for Kickass Chinese Food

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This list will (hopefully) leave you all craving for awesome Chinese food, whether it’s dim sum, noodles, rice toppings or Hunan spicy cuisine. In a city where there’s a never-ending wave of new restaurants, all of us surely have old-time favorites that we love going back to. That’s exactly what this list is.

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Shantung – Quezon City

Shantung is a casual dining Chinese restaurant along West Avenue that has been serving authentic Mandarin cuisine since 1958. They are well known for their Shantung Fried Crispy Chicken, Hot & Sour Soup and Steamed/Fried Pork Dumplings. Read our full feature here.

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96 West Avenue, Philam Homes, West Triangle, Quezon City
(02) 928-4409

Char Dining – BGC

Hailing from Singapore, Char Dining PH specializes in Cantonese food with Western influences. Included in their signature dishes are the roast dishes and the Char Siew. Read our full feature here.

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2/F Uptown Parade, 38th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 809-1452

Mondern Shanghai – SM Mall of Asia

Modern Shanghai offers the authenticity of local Shanghai cuisine in a casual home-like manner. Get your favorite dimsum, noodles, fried rice, and more as though they came fresh from Shanghai.

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2/F SM Mall of Asia, Entertainment Mall, Ocean Dr, Pasay

Tuen Mun Roasts – Banawe

Tuen Mun Roasts is a HK-inspired eatery serving everyone’s favorite roasted items on rice. Feast over generous servings of barbecued pork, lechon macau, roast duck  and soy chhicken with rice or noodles. Here’s an insider tip: Tuen Mun Roasts and Eat Fresh are run by the same owners and we read that you can order from Eat Fresh here. Also read: 15 Restaurant Finds in Banawe.

Tuen Mun Roasts
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Tuen Mun Roasts
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81A Nicanor Roxas St., Sto. Domingo,Quezon City
+63 2 216-6711

Le Ching Tea House – Banawe

Le Ching Tea House is a Cantonese and dim sum place popular to residents around the Banawe area. It serves affordable Chinese specialties including various dim sum baskets, siopao, noodles, congee and rice toppings. Known only to a handful, this place’s most talked about items are the Steamed Spareribs rice, Chicken & Mushroom rice and Stewed Beef Brisket noodles, so don’t leave without trying all three!

Le Ching Tea House
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Le Ching Tea House
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888 Banawe St., Sienna, Quezon City
+63 2 711-7933

Mey Lin Bistro – Jupiter

Mey Lin has been around serving authentic Chinese cuisine since 1984. It is known for serving the best claypot dishes, pata tim and hand-pulled noodles in town. But not everyone knows about a secret dish that has been quite underrated over the course of its existence, the Squid with Special Sauce.

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G/F 136-138 Jupiter Place Bldg., Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati
+63 2 899-8999

Mien San Noodle House – New Manila

Located along Gilmore-Ortigas Ave., Mien San is a classic noodle house serving Taiwanese specialties since 1995. This is where locals of San Juan and New Manila area come to get their fix for Beef (with Tendon and Goto) noodles, Fried Siopao, Sate Chami, and Spicy Wanton.

Mien San Noodle House
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Mien San Noodle House
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Granada St., Valencia, Quezon City
+63 2 721-5794

Caution Hot! – Maginhawa

Caution Hot is a Chinese restaurant specializing in spicy hot noodles. Diners get to customize their own bowls by choosing from a wide selection of noodles, toppings, broths and burn (or spice level). Also read: 16 Reasons to Visit Maginhawa.

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Magiting St. cor. Maginhawa St., Teacher’s Village, Quezon City
+63 2 514-7235

Charlie Wanton Special – Mandaluyong

Charlie Wanton Special is like a tiny out-of-place treasure from Binondo–awesome food, shady location. Similar to Ling Nam or Masuki noodle houses, Charlie also specializes in Wanton noodles, siopao and siomai, but offers many other dishes including rice toppings, congee and other Chinese favorites. Look for their Panda tarpaulin along Haig St. Also read: 18 Holes in the Wall in Mandaluyong.

Charlie Wanton Special House
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265 Haig St., Daang Bakal, Mandaluyong
+63 2 718-1880

Lam Tin Tea House – Banawe

Lam Tin Tea House may seem like your ordinary Chinese dim sum restaurant except that it’s not! The most famous item on its menu that sets them apart is the Noodle Feast–huge serving flat noodles served with wanton, beef brisket, chicken and goto. 

Lam Tin Tea House
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30-U Banawe St. cor. Cuenco St., Santo Domingo, Quezon City
+63 2 708-0989

Mr. Poon – Malate

Mr. Poon is one of Manila’s most classic Chinese restaurants, which became popular for being the ‘house of steamed fish since 1974’. They open as early as 6:30am to cater to early breakfast goers. Try their house specialties: steamed fish and special beef. 

Mr. Poon Restaurant
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Mr. Poon Restaurant
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1630 Luis Maria Guerrero St., Malate, Manila
+63 2 525-5555

Mao Jia Hunan Cuisine – Makati

Mao Jia serves regional Hunan Cuisine. As opposed to the better-known Sichuan cuisine which uses chili paste, Hunan is known for using fresh chili peppers, and lots of it. Order their Boiled Chili Fish. Spicy Crispy Chicken, Beef Stew Vermicelli, and Cumin Beef.

Mao Jia Hunan Cuisine
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Bagtikan St., San Antonio, Makati
+63 2 831-2271

Sze-Chuan House – Roxas Blvd.

Sze-Chuan House has been serving authentic Sichuan feasts since the 1970’s. Although Sichuan cuisine is reputable for its (over) use of chili and Sichuan pepper in its dishes, Sze-Chuan House is not all about spicy. Their bestsellers include: Hot & Sour Soup, Steamed Fish with Tauso Sauce, Fried Shrimp Roll, Sliced Beef Loin Boiled in Special Spicy Sauce and the Fried Imperial Bread. 

Sze Chuan House
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2150 Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila
+63 2 526-8088

Eat Fresh Famous Hong Kong Street Food – Ma. Clara St.

From a little school joint along Masangkay, Manila, they have since grown to being one of the most visited restaurants in the Banawe area. Eat Fresh is famous for serving authentic HK street food such as dry noodles with sauces, street egg waffles, fragrant claypot rice variants, dimsum and other small eats on skewers.

Eat Fresh HK Street Food
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100-A Maria Clara Street, Quezon City
+63 2 516-8022

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