(50th post, Wohoo! Hehehe =p)
So basically, this would be like a huge lamon powers post, so let’s get it on!
LAMON POWERS ON!
Zaide, Ann and I decided to meet up at SM Manila round 1030am to start our Binondo walkathon/foodtrip that has long been planned (long = 2 days. See, plans-at-a-snap almost always goes through).
We hailed a jeep going to Divisoria and disembarked (barko?) at San Lorenzo Church at Quintin Paredes Street. We had a list of which restaurants to go but we only have the slightest idea of where they are located. Meaning, we only know the street, but we don’t know the exact address. The list we had is compiled based on our research on the Internet of where to eat within our allocated budget. The budget we had allocated for this trip is P500 each.
Our first stop is the very famous Dong Bei Dumplings. We had read a lot of good reviews regarding this restaurant and I must say that we really enjoyed their food. It was really very delicious and super worth your money.
However, we got lost (and we are using Google Maps, and I was the one reading the map thru my phone. I WAS THE ONE READING THE MAP BY GOOGLE! They freakin’ trusted me reading the map. Me, Oliver!) looking for this restaurant. After walking for about 30 – 45 minutes, we decided to go back where we came from and just try the other side of the street, or another restaurant. After a long walk, we found the freakin restaurant. We just realized it was a stone’s throw away from where we were standing before we started walking. So next time, even if I have the map, you know who to trust, wokey?
Actually (blaming time, hahaha) the reason we got lost is because they renamed the street from Nueva to Yuchengco. When we arrived, ate dumpling maker (I forgot your name, sorry!) told us that there is a habit of renaming the street they were in. So just in case you want to go to their place, their exact address is:
642 YUCHENGCO COR TYTANA ST., Binondo.
Front of the restaurant. See that glass with the Chinese characters, THAT is the door. I spent like a minute figuring out where the door is. Yeah, so may tanga lang na kasama sa trip na ito.
As soon as we settled in, Ate Dumpling Maker (ADM) showed us the menu. ADM is very, very nice. She was patient with our questions, since we didn’t know what to order. She suggested we try the mixed plate of pork dumplings and chives dumplings. P100 for 14 pieces, so 7 pieces chives and 7 pieces pork. Then we also added Fried Bean Curd for P150.
Haha, here is their menu WHICH we understood.
After a little wait, our food has arrived, and it was really, really worth it:
Steaming HOT! The Dumplings that has some green are the Chives Dumplings.
Yummy Dumplings Sauce
TOFU! Fried Bean Curd in special sauce. It has a stuffing (In my description, it was like tofu burger, ehhe) which is very, very delicious. I think it is the same stuffing that they put in their dumplings, but I’m not very sure about that.
Devouring those deliciously insane foods, the damage in our pockets was P250, excluding soda. Pocket damage is 62.50 excluding drinks. Very, very, worth your money. So after eating and paying up, the camwhores decided to take some pictures while I figure out where to go next.
Zaideng namboboso while I’m looking for our next destination.
Mala MMK lang, hehe
Dumplings in the making
After their little camwhore moment, we decided to go back to Quintin Paredes and try out the very famous lumpia of “New Po Heng Lumpia House. The restaurant is located along Qunitin Paredes and inside Uy Su Bin Building. Once you are in the corner of Quintin Paredes and Ongpin, just go left and look at the right side of the street to see the building.
So we ordered three lumpias, costing us P45 each. We have read a lot about their lumpia and it would be a shame not to try it on our first food trip here. After some minutes, the lumpias arrived and it was really, really, effing delicious.
This lumpia was very awesome I don’t know where to begin, haha. It has some veggies in it and I can’t figure out the grainy sweet thing that I tasted. If it was sugar or peanut butter (I’m quite sure thought that it is not peanut butter so I bet on sugar), I dunno. Haha. But what I do know is that it was very, very delicious and a must-try when you go here. So after eating, some camwhore moments again for the two while I do my assignment of where to go next.
The Price List in case you want to try their soups.
Inside the resto. I think the people on the far left are the owners.
After getting some rest and stuff, we decided to go to the infamous estero to try out the soups at “Ang Tunay na Beefhouse” (ATNB). The only landmark that we have is that it is in Ongpin and near an estero, so genious diba?
Anyway, we decided to pass by the alley just across New Po-Heng (ooh, a landmark! There is an alley right across the building entrance). The alley is like a wet market and you can find lots of fruits, seafood stuff for sale, and restaurants. We read a review about a delicious halo-halo being served in this alley (we saw the restaurant actually) but decided to give up on it (FOR NOW!) as we were really, really full (yeah, that’s just the dumplings and lumpia. MEMO TO SELF: Bring an extra stomach.). Well, we still decided to have fun and take some pictures.
At the alley
I dunno what these are but they really look delicious. Wasn’t able to give it a try since we were full already. I SHALL RETURN (and eat you)!
Sea Cucumber (and whatever it is you’re thinking, that too)
And here are some shots taken too at Ongpin Street.
At the Arch
Praying Area at Ongpin. Almost everyone who passes here, utter a small prayer and knocks at the cross. You can also light an incense and place it in the pot at the center.
Oliver: ‘”Santino Mode”
Girl in White: “Ilayo nyo po ako sa katabi ko.”
At a charms store
After locating the very famous famous estero, (after the archway, just across the bridge, at the left is the row of restaurants) we decided to enter the alley and look for ATNB. Said resto is near the very end of the street. We thought it was closed since most of the restaurants were closed for the day. So after successfully locating their doors, we requested a table for three and the menu.
Since it was our first time, we weren’t very familiar with the items that they offer. The ate on the left was kind enough to explain the types of beef soups that we have since we really were not familiar on the types of beef soups that they serve.
Kienchi Soup = Beef soup with meat from the “hita” part.
Chowto = Beef soup with “bone marrow”
Kamto = Beef soup mixed with meat and, mostly, beef fat.
Mixed = All three above mixed together (this one I think I got the meaning by myself, hehe).
Since I still wanna go home, I scratched Kamto from my options. I’m not a fan of beef marrow, so that leaves Kienchi as my option. I wasn’t able to try the Beef Noodle Soup (which was the highly recommended one) as I was really very full still from what we ate earlier. For me, I would just like to try their beef soups to see how “beefy” the restaurant is. I expected that their name was just a play that they serve beef stuff. Or that the soup would just taste like broth cubes. But I was very, very, very, dead wrong. It was very beefy, very delicious, and very, very well done. Their name really speak for themselves.
See that beef? Very,very beef!
It was a small serving, but it was very much worth it. If you look at it, you’ll think that the price tag of P95 is a little expensive, but if you taste it, I assure you it wouldn’t bother you at all (wonder if they place some amnesiac in there, haha). And if you notice, not much food pictures taken from ATNB. If you read my blog regularly, you know what it means, haha.
I wonder where “Ang Pekeng Beef House” is and how their soups taste.
After devouring that super delicious soup, we called it a day since we don’t think we can take food anymore, no matter how delicious they are. So all-in-all, the damage was:
Dongbei = P250 / 3 = P62.50
New Po-Heng = P45
ATNB = P95
TOTAL = 202.50
Let’s round it off to P300 assuming you ordered soda for each meal and you still have some change! I am very looking forward for the part two of our Binondo Food Trip.
LAMON POWERS OFF!
Ooh, here are some pics that the camwhores took on our trip. Happy Eating!