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Unearth hidden gems in the maze of Chinatown

Chinese cuisine has long been a staple for many Filipinos and if you ask any local where to find authentic Chinese restaurants, Binondo is a sure-fire answer.

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There’s just something about this part of Manila that attracts us so… from the charming small roads to some of the corners seemingly untouched by time and of course, the many eating places (and most have been around since our grandparents were kids!) that are just waiting for us to discover.

Also read: 18 Hakaw Dishes For All The Dumpling Lovers

If you love Chinese food and can’t wait to sink your teeth into favourites like Hakaw, Sweet & Sour Pork, Peking Duck, and many many more, we’ve rounded up some of the best kept secrets in Binondo so scroll down and plan your food trip accordingly!

Chuan Kee Fastfood – Ongpin

Standing as the oldest fastfood in Chinatown, Chuan Kee Fastfood is the home of the best kiampong, maki, gokhong, and lechon kawali.

Recommended dish: Kiam Pong, Pork Maki Mi

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Photo from Facebook | chuankeefastfood

Chuan Kee Fastfood menu
650 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila
(02) 288-8888

The Great Buddha Cafe – Ongpin

The Great Buddha Cafe along Ongpin street, once again opens its doors to its patrons. Lots of new dishes to love. “Good Food, Good Luck!”

Recommended dish: Pork and Shrimp Siomai, Beef Tendon Claypot Rice

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The Great Buddha Cafe menu
View their Instagram account
2/F 628 Ongpin St., Binondo, Manila
(02) 241-9999; (02) 288-8881 loc. 129

Quick-Snack – Carvajal

A little but definitely must-try snack joint found in a street market called Carvajal Street. 

Recommended dish: Lumpia Fried Special, Kuchay Ah, Tenderloin Steak

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Quick Snack menu
637 Carvajal St, Binondo, Manila
(02) 242-9572; (02) 242-9589

Hao Kang Hong Kong Dessert – Reina Regente

Hao Kang Hong Kong Desserts offers all the kinds of desserts and snacks you can find from Hong Kong like Mango Cream Pomelo, Mango Ball and many more.

Recommended dish: Mango Coconut Sago, Mango Coconut Shuang

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Hao Kang menu
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Unit A 912-928 Reina Regente St, Binondo, Manila

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Lan Zhou La Mien – Benavidez St. & Fernando St.

Roughly translated, “lamian” means pulled noodles and as in its name, you can expect all kinds of pulled noodle dishes in Lan Zhou La Mien! Need we also mention that they’re affordable for their servings?

Recommended dish: Beef Lamien, Steamed Dumplings

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Lan Zhou La Mien menu
818 Benavidez St, Binondo, Manila
(02) 244-5365
499 San Fernando St., Binondo, Manila
(02) 247-3167

Kim Hiong Food Garden – Ongpin

An old dai pai dong type of restaurant, or also known as open air food stalls, Kim Hiong Food Garden serves Teochew (or Chiuchow) style dishes.

Recommended dish: Fried Noodles with Beef Brisket, Fried Wanton

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Kim Hiong menu
1028 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila
(02) 735-3633

Ongbin Golden Dimsum – S. Padilla St. (formerly Gandara)

A dim sum place serving flavorful Shanghainese dishes from Eastern China Suzhou. They were formerly known as Suzhou Dimsum..

Recommended dish: Xiao Long Bao

Ongbin menu
Sabino Padilla St., Binondo, Manila
(02) 245-4603

The Original Sa Lido Restaurant – Ongpin

One of the most classic and timeless Chinese restaurants in Binondo, Sa Lido is situated on the second floor of an old building in Ongpin.

Recommended dish: Roasted Asado

The Original Sa Lido Restaurant menu
839 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila
(02) 521-3333; (02) 579-7788; (0923) 238-5556

Tasty Dumplings – Norberto Ty (formerly Condesa)

A little joint most known for their dumplings, bigger-than-palm-sized fried pork chops and signature chili sauce.

Recommended dish: Pork Chop Rice, Fried Dumplings

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Tasty Dumplings menu
641 Norberto Ty (formerly Condesa) St, Binondo, Manila
(02) 242-5195; (02) 242-0231

Shanghai Fried Siopao – Ongpin

An easy-to-miss food pork bun stall amidst the busy Ongpin Street, it’s one of the most affordable and delicious food you can eat on the streets or take home to your family.

Recommended dish: Of course… their fried siapao!

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Ongpin cor Bahamas St., Binondo, Manila

Awi’s Cafe & Restaurant – E.T. Yuchengco (formerly Nueva)

A modern Chinese cafe that transforms into a karaoke hub at night.

Recommended dish: Pata Bihon

Photo from @awiscafe

Awi’s Cafe and Restaurant menu
520 ET Yuchengco St, Binondo, Manila
(02) 241-2961; (02) 241-7383; (02) 516-8576

Dong Bei Dumplings – E.T. Yuchengco (formerly Nueva)

The most popular dumpling house downtown. You can even watch the staff wrap them all day.

Recommended dish: Kuchay Dumpling

Dong Bei Dumplings menu
642 ET Yuchengco St., Binondo, Manila
(02) 241-8912

Ling Nam – T. Alonzo

Ling Nam is one of the most popular noodle houses in the area and has long been around dating back to the 1950’s!

Recommended dish: Beef wanton noodles

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Ling Nam menu
616 T Alonzo St, Binondo, Manila
(02) 733-5231

Wai Ying Fastfood – Benavidez

If you haven’t heard of this dim sum joint yet, now is the time you should! Wai Ying Fastfood is Chinatown’s most famous dim sum house.

Recommended dish: Curry Beef Siomai

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Photo from @chachababbles

Wai Ying menu
810 Benavidez St., Binondo, Manila
(02) 243-6665; (02) 242-0310

LGA Fast Food – Estero – Ongpin

A canteen style fastfood situated in the heart of Ongpin beside an estero, meaning canal.

Recommended dish: Fried Garlic Frog Legs

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LGA menu
Ongpin St., Binondo, Manila
(02) 624-4028

Masuki – Benavidez

A mami house most famous for its siopao and chicken noodle soup paired with its secret signature sauce.

Recommended dish: Chicken/Asado Mami, Siomai, Siopao

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Photo from @yocatgirl

Masuki menu
929 Benavidez St., Binondo Manila
(02) 243-2674; (02) 244-0745

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Featured image by @gomanila