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Definitely a wok for your stomach and your soul. I was expecting that the Big Binondo Food Wok is just about food, food and well, more food. But it was more than that — we were served with history, culture, met a few new friends, mastered the art of crossing streets and avoiding cars and a whole lot of fun.
I assure you, learning history through Ivan is a lot of fun. First food stop coming up!! More facts and history from Ivan while waiting for our food. Our first treat — Kiampong and Meatball Soup. Goes perfectly well together. Salty kiampong rice is complimented by the soup. Threading around Binondo is not for the faint-hearted but it can assure a thrill with its sights and sounds. Next stop — The Fried Siopao Delight!
Fried Siopao and all the goodness inside. More walking and crossing on the streets of Binondo. You can send a little prayer or light an incense to accompany your prayers. Steamed Dumplings. Ivan told us how can we identify our dumplings based on their color. Fried Dumplings that goes well with their spicy dip. We were so full after our dumplings degustation. I will go back to Binondo for these dumplings!
Time for more walking to burn down the food we ate and make room for the next one! We passed by a store selling various Chinese items. Ivan gave us a little background on what they were for and what the symbols on them meant.
Paper Money that are burned to send respect to the gods. Next food stop, Hopia Overload! Wintermelon kondol hopia? Sounds interesting.
Let the hopia tasting begin! Since we were only a small group, it means more hopia to share among us. I believe we tasted around kinds of hopia. I never had that much hopia in my life. Hopia overload indeed! Too much hopia in one day. Kiamoy, champoy, nuts, cherries — it was an overwhelming variety.
But all I can remember was how the champoy tasted — sweet and salty at first, then it will hit you with its strong sour taste that will surely kick your spirits. Mine surely was awakened by the champoy! Passing by alleys and streets to our next food destination.
The last but not the least food stop we had served us fresh lumpia and pancit to cap our Big Binondo Food Wok Tour. It was not the usual fresh lumpia that I grew up with. Sir Ivan showed us how to enjoy it best with the sauces and toppings. Pancit for long life and for the very fun food tour we had! Ivan with the group also known as new found friends! So When In Manila, have a little dose of history while munching your way around Binondo.
On the Chinese food trail with the Big Binondo Food Wok Map
Posted on January 18, at am. Whenever I visit a place for the first time, I always try to get a map first. So last weekend, a couple of my friends trouped to Chinatown to taste-drive this map. The Author at Salazar St. Photo by Lagalog I remember taking a few foreigner friends and first timers in Binondo before for a food trip here. I guess this would be the same case with first timers who would want to try out food tripping in Binondo. Our lunch at Zhen Hu.
Definitely a wok for your stomach and your soul. I was expecting that the Big Binondo Food Wok is just about food, food and well, more food. But it was more than that — we were served with history, culture, met a few new friends, mastered the art of crossing streets and avoiding cars and a whole lot of fun. I assure you, learning history through Ivan is a lot of fun.
Experience historic Manila one step at a time.
None other than the boys behind happyfoodies. The place? Our meeting time was 11am at McDonalds. Oggie arrived two hours earlier. I arrived quarter past the meeting time and Ferdz came in last at At quarter to 12 noon, the three of us begun the taste drive. The street of Ongpin was so busy.
Manila: Around Chinatown with the Big Binondo Food Wok Map