Location: Binondo, District of Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
My husband and I were already in Metro Manila1 and decided to go to Binondo early for a quick and early visit since we haven’t been there for more than two decades.
Binondo is the Chinatown of the Philippines, considered the oldest in the world, established in 1594 by the Spaniards as a settlement for Catholic Chinese. It is a district in Manila and a hub of Chinese commerce.
I saw the familiar Welcome Arch and prayed we could get a parking slot.
Binondo still looks so busy especially during this time of the year.
Memories of our past visits with loved ones and friends crossed my mind while we passed through the last arch.
Parking was full but we were able to find one accessible to the places we wanted to go to. We first ate breakfast in Ling Nam Noodle House. We then went to shop a bit then ordered a couple of siopaos² at Shanghai Fried Siopao for takeout. Before we left for lunch elsewhere, we didn’t miss the chance to eat maki³ at Ongpin Mañosa Restaurant. Click below for the related post – Revisiting Binondo’s 3 Favorite Quick Treats.
Finally, we wouldn’t leave this place without buying yummy, freshly roasted castañas (chestnuts). Then off we went for an important errand.
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¹Metro Manila is the official and administrative urban area in the southwestern portion of Luzon surrounding Manila, established in 1975; it is the center of culture, economy, education and government of the Philippines. It is officially called the National Capital Region (NCR), composed of 16 cities (Caloocan, Las Piñas, Malabon, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Novotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela) and the municipality of Pateros.
²Siopao is the Filipino version of the Cantonese steamed bun called cha siu bao, served hot as a popular snack item in the Philippines.
³Maki is a Chinese soup with a brown, thick, starchy broth, usually with chunks of tender pork. It is also called gawgaw in the Philippines because of cornstarch, the thickener used, and it is colored brown because of the soy sauce added, along with other seasonings.