We read that Binondo is a Chinese food trip haven but, among the restaurant reviews that we checked out, Wai Ying Fastfood stood out. So we went there to see what the buzz was all about. And what a better time to visit Manila’s Chinatown than on the eve of Chinese New Year itself!
So from LRT Carriedo Station, we walked towards Santa Cruz Church, through the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch at Ongpin Street, turned right at Salazar Street, and right again at Benavidez Street. We had to wait for almost an hour just to get our seats. That’s how many the people lining up at Wai Ying Fastfood were last weekend.
Wai Ying Fastfood is just like any carinderia just by the looks of it. Even the prices in the menu are as affordable. But wait till you taste what they have to offer. Then, you can say that they are comparable to most more expensive and bigger Chinese restaurants that we see in shopping malls.
Below, you will see the Chinese food that we ordered that day. Prepare to drool!
This was my lunch. Too bad, peking duck wasn’t available that day. Goose still tasted good, anyway.
Surprisingly, Rap devoured the radish cake even though he doesn’t eat radish because it somehow tastes like his favorite fish tofu. A good way to have the kids eat veggies, if you ask me.
We were only able to eat two of these and had to take the rest home along with the remaining two pieces of siomai and one siopao asado.
Wai Ying Fastfood’s siomai is amazingly cheap considering that each piece is loaded with ground pork, mushroom, and shrimp.
We’ve read that hakaw is one of their bestsellers. Indeed, one order isn’t enough for us and we had to ask for a second serving!
Their siopao is Hong-Kong style which is smaller than the usual siopao sold in Chinese fastfood restos. We liked Wai Ying’s siopao because the asado filling is meaty and more flavorful.
This is a big bowl of beef mami (with large chunks of beef cubes) which can serve two people. Actually, all three of us shared this big bowl of mami and we did not even finish it all.
According to what’s written in the menu, Wai Ying Fastfood has three branches in Benavidez Street alone. We were told that there’s also a branch at 168 mall in Divisoria.
We will definitely be back for more dimsum and dumplings because we haven’t tasted their other Chinese dishes. We’ll also visit the other Chinese restaurants in the area so stay tuned for our next Binondo food trip!
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