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Ivan Man Dy's 10 Must-Visit Food Streets in Binondo
Binge-eat in Binondo following the picks of Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila Walks.
Published on: Nov 12, 2010 - 3:49pm

Popular for "Old Manila Walks" tours and his five minutes of fame as the food guide to Binondo in Anthony Bourdains Philippine episode of No Reservations, Ivan Man Dy has become a semi-celebrity of sorts. A volunteer docent who also wanted regular exercise, he took his passion for Filipiniana, Manila, and heritage advocacy a notch higher and started Old Manila Walks.

Ivan Man Dy tours Anthony Bourdain in the Philippine episode of No Reservations

Says Dy of his walking tours, "These places--Intramuros, Binondo, San Miguel, Quiapo, the Chinese Cemetery--theyve been there forever but people kind of forgot about them except when they had visitors or needed to buy something…We [just] rehashed the old and turned it into something hip again."

Food and must-try dining spots are also a large part of his tours. But when it comes to picking out his favorite Chinese restaurants in Manila, Dy says his moods and cravings dictate them. "I tend to choose those that serve traditional and value-for-money [food]. I think Chinese restaurants have this unspoken burden of providing food which the Tsinoy community refers to as SKK or Shiok Ko Kiok which literally means "cheap and more than its value," and I stick to that formula most of the time. Personally, I really appreciate a good shabu-shabu and noodle house."

His Big Binondo Food Wok tour has become popular for those seeking out good eats. Check out Ivan Man Dys list of 10 Binondo streets to head to for the ultimate food trip (also included in the Old Manila Walks Big Binondo Food Wok map):

1. T. Alonzo Street

Hit Alonzo Street for Salido Restaurants siphon-brewed coffee and pugon-roasted pork asado, which theyve been serving since the 1930s. For hot noodles, try Ling Nam Noodle Parlor located on the same street and lap up steaming hot bowls of freshly-cooked noodles.

Salido Restaurant is at 2/F 593 T. Alonzo Street, Binondo Manila
Ling Nam Noodle Parlor is at 616 Alonzo Street, Binondo, Manila. Tel. No. 733-5231. Open from 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily

2. Rosario Street (Quintin Paredes)

Hankering for fresh lumpia? Po-heng Lumpia House serves 45-peso fresh lumpia served with peanut sauce. The place, devoid of airconditioning, is located inside an old building with a courtyard.

Po-heng Lumpia House is at 521 Quintin Paredes, Binondo, Manila. Tel. No. 241 -8789. Closed on Sundays, open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

3. Carvajal Street
This narrow street is closed to traffic and has numerous fruit and vegetable vendors. Here you can find Quik Snack, a popular spot for cakes, fried lumpia and noodles--a must-try!

Quik Snack is at 637 Carvajal Street, Binondo, Manila. Tel. No. 242-9572. Open from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., closed on Sundays.

4. Ongpin Street
Several Chinatown spots can be found on Ongpin: Chuan Kee for meals served turo-turo style, and Eng Bee Tin for their famous hopia. One of the oldest restaurants in Binondo-- Ongpin Maosa Restaurant--is also on Ongpin, and is famous for its large bowls of Maki (P100 for the large bowl), a brown soup with chunks of pork and onion leeks.

Also on Ongpin Street is the President Grand Palace Restaurant. An institution in Chinatown, the restaurant re-opened with a more contemporary dining space but still churning out Chinese food classics for which the spot is known for.

Chuan Kee is at 650 Ongpin St. corner Nueva St., Binondo, Manila. Tel. Nos. 242-9759, 241-9999. Open from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.
Eng Bee Tin is at 628 Ongpin St. Binondo, Manila. Tel. Nos. 242-9765, 241-9999. Open from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily.

Ongpin Maosa Restaurant is at 926 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila
Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Saturday, closes earlier on Sundays

President Grand Palace Restaurant is at 746 Ongpin St., Binondo, Sta. Cruz, Manila
Tel. No. 244-5886

5. Salazar Street

If youre looking for pastries, delicacies and Chinese food items, Salazar Street is the place to go to. Stock up on pineapple cakes, curry puffs and other Taiwanese candies at Shin Tai Shang.

Shin Tai Shang is at 815 Salazar Street, Binondo, Manila. Tel. No. 244-0325

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  • voltaire
    ambos mundos should not be on the list... the last time i went there... they have a very poor sanitation... poor ambiance... poor food... i even got a used tissue on my ampalaya con carne rice toppings!
    1 month ago     Reply  
  • Travelibre
    A more complete list: Binondo Heritage and Food Trip :D
    Nov 19 2013 @ 04:26pm     Reply  
  • crimespider
    The Big Binondo Food Wok is a Big Disappointment! Top Reasons Why.

    1. The tour guide (Ivan) arrived 30 minutes late and didn’t even apologize for it. We we’re already drenching in our sweats waiting for the tour to start. And setting the church as a meeting place is so not ideal.

    2. The tour guide is a bit too snotty. While on the tour I kindly asked for the guide map to which I was arrogantly replied to with a, “Later”.

    3. Do you really think you’ll feel comfortable to be in a ‘food walk’ tour of 30 people while minding their table manners? A lot of the patrons have a huge lack of it.

    4. The history lesson you’ll be walked through is too tacky. You feel treated like a 4th grader. And supposed this is a Food Walk tour, imagine your dismay when 80% of the time is consumed blabbing about history you already know from Grade 1.

    5. And the biggest disappointment is the food tasting part. Even if you are not a foodie I think you can discover for yourself better eats to find in our China Town.

    You’ll be far off better doing your own food walk tour. There are many individual sites that can recommend the top secrets of Binondo Food where you’re money will also go a long way. And the best history lessons you can take are the random conversations you make with restaurant owners or servers. These are what I learned when we finally decided to ditch and split from our ‘Binondo Food Wok’ group at some point along the tour.
    Jan 22 2012 @ 11:56pm     Reply  
  • jans
    walang wai ying tsaka delicious restaurant?!?
    Nov 23 2010 @ 12:07pm     Reply  
  • jaye
    OMG, wala ang WAI YING.. best beef-wanton noodles and sharks fin... not to mention at a cheaper price.rnrn832 Benavides St., Sta Cruz, Manila, Binondorn
    Nov 19 2010 @ 04:23pm     Reply  
  • jaye
    OMG, wala ang WAI YING.. best beef-wanton noodles and sharks fin... not to mention at a cheaper price.
    Nov 19 2010 @ 04:19pm     Reply  
  • abi
    Sincerity Restaurantrnrn497 Nueva St.rnBinondornTelephone number : 2419990rnrnSincerity fried chicken is to die for!!!
    Nov 19 2010 @ 12:42pm     Reply  
  • jchu
    try visiting UNO Seafood Restaurant along Escolta. they have the best hakaw i've ever tasted. menu selection is diverse and the food's great. a bit more affordable too, compared to other more mainstream Chinese restos. for dimsum, David's Tea House is a close second.
    Nov 19 2010 @ 11:04am     Reply  
  • recycle
    ano ba yan parang plastic sarap irecycle!-spot
    Nov 18 2010 @ 07:12am     Reply  
  • sonson
    sarap talaga sa binondo! brings back a lot of memories growing up there! kakagutom!!!
    Nov 15 2010 @ 10:25am     Reply  
  • gala
    someone should come up with the best chinese resto in the metro.
    Nov 15 2010 @ 04:33am     Reply  
  • alan
    i don't know if im going to like how spot is recycling articles!rn
    Nov 12 2010 @ 07:45pm     Reply  
  • mikesg
    not the greatest thing for him (bourdain), but good...ivan, a total suicide on phil cuisine and culture.rnshow saved by marketman!!! best pig ever!
    Nov 12 2010 @ 06:23pm     Reply  
  • nunsee
    President Resto i love! :)rnrncrabs and sizzling frog legs are mouth watering :)
    Nov 12 2010 @ 05:41pm     Reply  
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