J is now working in Manila, and one day he brought up the idea of us going on a Binondo food trip.
We finally went on Saturday. Commute from our place was easy and cheap; two jeepneys, and we got off in front of the Yuchengco Tower a little after 8 AM.
Crossing the street to a tiny alley, we went to Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack. It’s not usually part of the usual Binondo itinerary (Binondo is the oldest Chinatown in the world, so the food trip cuisine should be Chinese), but J has eaten there before and would like to have sisig for breakfast.
(Photos taken in stealth mode hahaha.)
I loved their sisig; most sisig dishes I’d tried had chewy fat, but this one just melted in your mouth.
Lumpia House wasn’t completely open yet when we got there, but we ordered pancit and lumpia.
I could still taste that lumpia. It had nuts and sugar, so you could eat it without the sweet sauce. It was so good.
Two or three people could share this single pancit order.
Some plants in Lumpia House.
After a stop at a Merriam-Webster bookstore (it was so ancient they had floppy disks [!!!] and disk drive cleaners [!!!!!] for sale), we went to Quick Snack, and had some kuchay-ah. Kuchay-ah has tofu and veggies, great for vegetarians.
We walked to Lucky Chinatown Mall, and from there took a trike to 168 (we could have walked, but didn’t know the route) where I…bought a lot of cheap things.
Back to the mall.
We planned on going to the original Sincerity branch, but there’s a Sincerity right there in the mall, so might as well eat there.
You should try their signature fried chicken and rice.
Photo-op break haha.
Back to Binondo and a quick stop at Tea Haven. Nothing special, but it’s cheap.
Then Eng Bee Tin! Their custard hopia is heavenly.
We were full from Sincerity, so no siopao, siomai, or mami. Next time. ;)