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Dimsum Dreams

on March 3, 2010

My love for eating and discovering new places have led me to scour the Metro for foodie havens that offer pretty good food at reasonable prices. There are over a hundred, even a thousand, restaurants in the country that serve really good Chinese food but I believe nothing beats good old Binondo Chinese food when the hankering for dimsum and/or dumplings kicks in. Among my Ongpin favorites, Wai Ying tops my list.


Wai Ying is one of the many hole-in-the-wall establishments famous for some of the best Chinatown goodies along Benavidez Street. Opened in 1999, this tea house took its name from its owner Josephine Chu’s Chinese name. To this day, Wai Ying is acknowledged by many as one of the best places to go to for dimsum in Binondo.



Upon entering, one would notice a cramped dining space shared with a counter where noodles and congee are prepared, tea is brewed, roasted meat are chopped, and dimsum are steamed. A more spacious dining area could be found on the second floor.



While the bilingual menu card on the table may seem lacking compared to the extensive range offered by other restaurants along the street, some of the items on the menu make a very strong contention for a return visit. Here are some of the my Wai Ying staples:


HK Milk Tea (Cold)


Shrimp Cheongfan


Raddish Cake


Vegetable Dumpling



Steamed Tofu


Egg Tarts


Like other tea houses, a variety of noodle dishes, congee, rice meals, and roast meats are also available. One afternoon visit to Wai Ying, when hunger made our tummies growl with wanting, alongside the burnout from the long walk from another part of Manila to the restaurant, Francis and I ordered rice meals instead of the staples. We had the following:


Steamed Chicken Mushroom Rice


Honey Baked Rib Rice


With an authethic Chinese joint like Wai Ying, one can satisfy his Chinese fare craving without having to wait so long. You’ll get delicious dimsum without having to dig deep in your pocket. With a P500-budget, you can have all the sumptuous food above and still get change. Almost everything is delectable. If only our stomachs could handle as much, we would try out every dish.


How about you? What is your Wai Ying weakness?


Wai Ying Fastfood
927 Benavidez Street, Binondo, Manila
Open Daily from 10:30 AM till 2:00 AM

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One response to “Dimsum Dreams

  1. […] time. A good raddish cake doesn’t need any condiment to make it enjoyable. I would go for Wai Ying’s raddish cake any day… crisp on the outside, soft [but not soggy] on the […]

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