One of the oldest Chinatown in the world, Manila's Chinatown has been known for the center of Chinese delicacies that never fails to serves those greasy food craving in the metropolis. And a few days ago, together with very dear friends, we indulged in to an amazing food trip in Chinatown that just didn't fill us, but made us love Chinese cuisine even more.
Wai Ying Fastfood or simply Wai Ying is located at the very heart of Manila's Chinatown. Specifically situated along the street of Benavidez in Binondo, Manila, Wai Ying offers a wide array of Chinese goodies that come in a very good serving size and pocket-friendly price.
I've been to Chinatown many times before, but I really haven't done such food tripping, so this is kinda my first time to really sit inside a shanty-looking Chinese food store and hoping that I'll just have their very best offering.
For starter, we had a serving of this hot tea, which I think is a spearmint. Perfect to prepare your appetite for the upcoming gastronomic adventure, this tea is free for all the guests of this fast-moving place.
Free Glass of Spearmint Tea
Their menu is complete of the most-love Chinese delicacies, from dimsums, noodles, rice, Chinese viands, including chicken, pork, beef and fish, down to the cool desserts and drinks that simply speak of Chinese culture.
Most of the staff here are Filipino, so you don't have to worry when it comes in ordering your food. They are nice too when it comes to helping you pick their best offering, so don't hesitate to ask.
After a few minutes of sipping tea and waiting for our orders, our tables were swamped by these chows that are great for big groups, because again most of their food here are good for 2-3 persons. :-)
Siomai - Php65.00
Fried Wanton - Php130.00
A street food superstar nowadays, siomai and dumplings here in Wai Ying come in out-of-the -kitchen hotness. Serves in 4, 7 and 12 pieces, a group of friends consisted of 6 persons could enjoy these treat in its most amazing way. I personally loved those crunchy and well-cooked fried dimsums. They are perfect with the sweet and sour sauce that comes with it.
Asado Siopao - Php60.00
Bola-Bola Siopao - Php60.00
For some siopao love, two of the most in-demand flavors are our all-time favorites, the asado and bola-bola. I'm a huge bola-bola lover, and I was surprised that when this came to our tables, it is bigger that my fist, and to much more surprise, the bola-bola inside was so huge and so flavorful! I really enjoyed it specially when drenched in their sweet asado sauce. And since it was so huge, I wasn't able to finish it. Yeah, THAT HUGE!
My friends ordered that asado flavor, they come in these smaller size yummies, that we also got to enjoy. :-)
Asado Congee - Php100.00
Wanton Mami - Php100.00
Their steamy offerings didn't let us down too and just let us continue our indulgence. Those two delicious dishes come in our tables in this huge bowl good enough for 4 person. And surprisingly, the congee was way better than any fasfood chain that offers the same kind. Same goes with the wanton mami, where wantons were swimming like crazy! I love it!!!
Almond Jelly - Php50.00
Buko Pandan - Php55.00
For drinks-slash-desserts, we tried two of their most ordered treats, the Almond Jelly and the Buko Pandan. I was kinda hoping for more Chinese sweetness, but sorry for us, there are only the kinds here in Wai Ying. Albeit, they come in really small size and kinda pricey amount, their tastes were humongous that I couldn't say more.
And since I really enjoyed my first dining experience here, and since this is a fastfood, I didn't miss the chance to order some "to go". And yes, I still bough that Bola-Bola Siopao and I asked for extra sauce without extra charge! Hahaha!
Til next time, Wai Ying! Or should say, see you this weekend! I'll be in Binondo for the Chinese New Year! Haha! Kiong Hee Huat Tsai!