The NIX stop | Chinatown Binondo Photowalk: First Tour and My TOP Budget Eats

January 28, 2017


A few days before Chinese New Year, #EATGetaway and #EATscapades(me and a few  friends) had planned to go to Binondo for a Photowalk-sans-Foodtrip. I immediately was in because... Even if I have been to Chinatown, all I did was pass by, and not really check the place out. So I was pretty excited!


Our first stop was lunch, which means Quik-Snack at Carjaval St. It's this mini road (eskinita) that's just behind the church and beyond Ongpin St. We were here because Azrael was craving for some of their Lomi. Me? I wanted to check how they make my favorite dish- Pancit Bihon Guisado.


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]binondo--5 Carjval St.[/caption]


Their Pancit is really LOADED with 'sahog' (lots of pork bits and shrimp), that the bihon would probably equate to a viand and you can order some rice along with it. XD Kuya Ted also had Empanada with Pork and Kuchay which was pretty tasty, all for around 65 pesos if I'm not mistaken. I'll post more about all of the restos that we ate soon in separate reviews so watch out for it :D

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]binondo-2907 Special Pancit Bihon: 140php[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]binondo-10206630816289224 Empanada with Pork and Kuchay : 65Php[/caption]



So afterwards, we were supposed to go to Sincerity, and as we were walking in Yuchengco St., Ate Edel saw this:


Guess she had big cravings for noodles, so we went in. Athena had their Seafood hofan, which I felt is much like a pancit guisado, with seafood and pancit that resembles 'fettuccine'. I'm sorry, I'm not too familiar with Chinese cuisine, but I do know that it is pretty oily and VERY YUMMY. :D

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="480"]binondo-0104 Seafood Hofan: 120Php[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]binondo-0098 Braised Beef Noodles: 110Php[/caption]

As for their Noodles, Edel ordered 1 Braised Beef Noodles, which is honestly big enough for 2 people. As for taste, it's alright. Way better than Chowking... :D (dyusme ang alat ng beef noodles nila now unlike dati)

So we continued along our Photowalk, and by this time we are accompanied by Ms. Rache Go, Chef and travel blogger :D. The next stop was somewhere along



[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]binondo-165428 This is the oldest hardware store in Manila. I believe it's at around 100+ years already :D As Per Ms. Rache Go[/caption]



Ilang Ilang restaurant can be found along Ilang Ilang St. in San Nicholas District, the part of Binondo that's not much seen by tourists. But you HAVE to go here because they have THE BEST kikiam in Binondo, and their Fried Chicken in Rice Wine sauce is THE BOMB. Sorry Sincerity, but Ilang Ilang Restaurant really gives you a run for your chicken here. hahahaha!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]binondo-10206633275350699 Ilang Ilang Kikiam: 120Php[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"]binondo-0116 This kitty really wanted to have his photo taken. Also, he's pretty close with Enzo of Juan Manila.. Maybe he wants a new owner? hahahaha[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]binondo-10206633276230721 Ilang Ilang Chicken in Rice Wine Sauce. A MUST TRY dish :D :235Php[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]az-164953 Az having a bit of fun with the bike parked near Ilang Ilang Restaurant. He wonderfully passes for a Chinoy Yeah? hahahaha[/caption]


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]binondo-165618 Thinking of where we will go next...[/caption]



[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="427"]nix--2 There's so much to see! I really am very happy I was part of this photowalk :D[/caption]


After a few photos and praying inside Binondo Church, we walked some more in Ong Pin St. The first stop was this Chinese grocery- Bee Tin... We found a lot of stuff here, like Fish shaped Tikoy and Century egg, pakwan seeds and Kiamoy, which are dried plums and a chinese delicacy. It's an acquired taste though, and although Kuya Ted and Athena loved it, the rest of Team EAT? Not so much. hahahaha







[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]binondo-50 what a fun way to celebrate Chinese New Year!!! <3[/caption]


We walked some more and we stopped by this place that sells Sugar Cane Juice and Fried Siopao. I would definitely love to come back to that place because of 2 things. One is I wasn't able to take much photos because I was pretty worn out already at the time.. Another is I want to try it out again! <3 that Sugar Cane Juice and Fried Siopao.. hahahaha

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]binondo-0159 My first time to see an actual parking meter[/caption]


And that's it for my photowalk. I definitely will treasure these moments, and I hope you can visit here not just during Chinese New Year. Although the festivities are pretty awesome during the time, I've heard that it can be crowded. So if you're not one for crowds, visit before the CNY. :D There are lots more awesome places to try out here, like Estero and a few more noodle places that I haven't been to. Till the NIX Stop! <3

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  1. when is the next nix stop? haha

  2. Team EAT lang ang inaantay ko for the NIX Stop hahahaha :D


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