Today’s weather was beautiful so my family decided to take a break from the usual weekend routine (read: home-supermarket-mall lunch-home). We went on another spontaneous Binondo Trip.
The kids and hub rode a kalesa (now costs P100 or USD2 for one ride around Chinatown), while ate J and I shopped some at Shopper’s Mart on Ongpin Street.
I also made sure to drop by Redsun Chinese Drugstore (Ongpin Street) to buy some traditional medicine for skin itchies (“Piyan Ping 999” – I got you two tubes, Manang Toni! Now how to get them to you… ) and throat ouchies (“Pang Tai Chip” or “Pong Tai Chit” powder – living proof that bitter is better! Ack).
Ying Ying Tea House along Dasmarinas Street has become our favorite place for dim sum and congee. My daughter V can finish 2 servings of the xiao long bao (broth-filled dumplings). I love the congee and the huge shrimp siomai. And hub loves the prices – so affordable. 😛
On Sundays the place could get pretty crowded so be ready to wait for a table. I suggest you go earlier around 10 or 11. But even then, you may still need to stand a while for your turn.
Hub knows the alleys of Binondo like the wrinkles on his forehead. Mayabang at at-home na at-home siya pag andito kami. He never fails to point out the familiar places –
Masangkay Street, where he grew up (iMom to kids: “Siga si papa dito nung araw!”);
The YMCA where he almost made it to the Table Tennis RP Team (Technohub: “Ayokong sumikat!”);
The old theater that isn’t there anymore (Technohub: “Dyan kami nanonood ni atsi ng mga drama ni Sharon Cuneta!” or “Dyan ako natutong mag-Tagalog” … LOL).
Lastly, a Binondo trip on a Sunday is such a breeze. No traffic! I have never seen the Manila City Hall looking so serene, undisturbed and beautiful without the unsightly traffic jam and perpetual jeepneys parked along this stretch of road.