Friday, January 6, 2012

Binondo: The Manila Chinatown

City’s Oldest Business District

“I want a Fried Siopao.” 
This is not my first time here in Binondo. I decided to feature this place on my blog since this is a one-stop destination for the locals; great food, cheap goods, and old school structures. It is a prominent spot for merchants, probably dominated by Chinese, and those consumers who love to make discounts. Here lies the famous Divisoria Market. This is also a place in the city wherein “kalesa” (a two-wheel horse drawn carriage) is allowed to travel. A bit of its historical contribution is still obvious until now.
I am going down to eat. Come on it is snack time!

On our way..
Along Ongpin St.

San Lorenzo Ruiz Church and the kalesas.
By the way we dropped by here to find Fried Siopao – a steamed bun. From work, me and a colleague crave for a snack so we dare ourselves to walk from a place in Tondo to the famous Ongpin St. in Binondo. We got there for more than 30 minutes. Thanks to the good weather and Google earth.

Wait! A cute little store full of nice scenting breads has been found. A cake for mama's birthday? Cool..

The bread store along Ongpin St.
I said I want a siopao, not a cake. But fruitcake looks good.
Only one Mahu Cake left? It is best seller that is why.
If you came here to shop at Divisoria Market and want some Chinese delicious cuisine such as stir fried noodles, wanton (noodle soup), grilled peking duck, dimsum, etc. for a meal or snack, better dropped by Salazar St. and look for Wai Ying restaurant. I have been in this resto from a suggestion of a cab driver the first time I came to eat here. At reasonable prices, you will definitely memorize their Chinese menu afterwards.

The quest for the fried siopao is over...
At Php 15.00, solved!