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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. The We headed to Benavidez for lunch. I wanted to try something different from the places we have eaten before in Binondo, and decided on Wai Ying for the roasted duck Congee but unfortunately, the place was packed.
So we checked on the map what else is there and found Zhen Hu just further up ahead for some traditional Hokkien style food. Now this is where it gets a little confusing. So going by Yuchengo past Dong Bei Dumplings, we crossed this little Hong Bon bridge dating back to which is not on the map heading to Alvarado Street only to find them not there. I had to check google maps a couple of times on my phone to check where we were. The same goes for the San Nicolas District Stonehouses which have several streets.
But these places are further out of the field but if you try finding them it can be confusing. If you are wondering why there are some Stars on the numbered listings of the restos, our art-director friend, Jocas noticed that they are the ones who have ad spaces on the map. The Budget Guide there is also handy. Kudos to Ivan Man Dy for creating such a handy and good looking map of Binondo. If one wants to explore Binondo on their own this would be a nice guide.
The Chinese New year is just ahead. Make sure to bring this map along. Starting and capping the tour at night at Carriedo Fountain Ferdz Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.
The Big Binondo Food Wok (Walk): A Primer
He was getting too many texts and calls from people asking about the whereabouts of eating places in Manila Chinatown that he felt compelled to come up with something to help people find their way to the divine food offerings that await in the busy streets. So we decided to take a vote and see where our tummies lead us. Ironwulf said: The map is very useful for those unfamiliar with Chinatown looking for the food establishments near the periphery of Binondo Church. The snippets of descriptions from the listed establishments do help.
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.
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