12 June 2012

FOODIE THOUGHTS: Ying Ying Tea House of Binondo

Binondo--the authentic Chinese food haven for foodies and regular peeps alike. A treasure trove of small restaurants in every nook and cranny..along the busy streets, along the estero, along everywhere. =)

I have tried several good places here like Wai Ying and Four Season Cuisine but any addition to this list is very welcome. So when officemates planned on a dinner salo-salo here, we all prepared for a gastronomic treat. And gastronomic it is, down right to the very core! Ying Ying did not disappoint!

I was one of the few people who were a bit late in arriving so orders were already casted off and I was not able to get the names of the dishes. I tried looking at the menu but they had a lot of choices and my mind could not take any more info so I'll try to best describe the dishes the best way that I can. =)

1st dumpling. I do not know the name but it sure was good. It's like a lumpia but instead of dried or fried, it was moist.
2nd dumpling. The ultrafamous Hakaw. Perfectly rounded and the shrimps were very compact inside it. Shrimp goodness! No extenders so I really enjoyed. It's very much worth your money.
3rd dumpling. The Siomai. Now this is perfection! Not like the ones you see aloft the train stations, etc. This is the real thing! The meat was all there and the flavors are alive. A thumbs-up!
I had one of each. It's filling enough that one can just have these and need not order anymore main dishes. Loved it!
Green soup is yucky? Definitely not. This one is like an eggdrop soup but with bits of shrimps. I just had a few spoonfuls as I did not want to fill up my tummy that fast.
The Meat Platter. Ugh! I feel bad because I was not able to get the names. But in this plate, I loved the green stuff the best. Why? It takes the pungent taste and diverts the taste buds into experiencing a different flavor. A perfect side dish. The choices of meat were tenderly cooked so I had nothing negative to say. What I liked most was the Lechon Macau, it was mostly meat and less fat. Good!
Salt & Pepper Squid. Nothing very extraordinary with the taste, it was good, but the notable trait that this dish has, the squid was tenderly cooked so it did not become 'gummy' in texture. I admit, whenever we eat at Chinese restos, we always order Salt & Pepper dishes, whether ribs, pork cutlets or like in this case, squid. It's a Chinese comfort food for me.
Hot Shrimp Salad. Creamy & saucy but I really loved the shrimps! Any dish that has shrimps, prawns or any crustaceans, are very enjoyable for me. Since the shrimps in this dish are already shelled out, just pop one in your mouth, enjoy and the rest is history. History that repeats itself over and over again until it runs out. Haha! This is a must-try. Though I've tasted a much better version in Bacolod City but this is still yummy.
Lemon Chicken. A sure dinner-crowd pleaser! Never fails. Sweet and tangy and makes you eat more rice than your usual. It's very flavorful and just a small piece is enough for a big spoonful of rice. One can seldom go wrong with ordering this dish.
Asado, I think. (Sorry!) This dish arrived a bit late and we were all filled up already. It was also very flavorful so I actually found it a bit, unappetizing. Too strong for my taste especially that I'm close to hitting home with all that I have eaten.
Now this is definitely good! Their Cane Juice. Very sweet yet very refreshing. Made from pure sugar cane. Healthy too. Yes, it comprises mostly of sugar but it is the right sugar for us which is the unrefined sugar. Don't feel guilty. Drink up!
Weird for me but I don't find views like this good enough to whet my appetite. I actually find it a bit repulsive. maybe because I can imagine how the ducks were killed, or something like that. Well, that is just me. =)

Overall experience: It was good! The place was a bit small, we were seated at the ground floor, and it was a bit crowded but that was expected.

The crew served us punctually but there was no warmth, or excellence in service but well, it was dinner time already and they could be dead-tired thus the reactions. But it was still good, nonetheless.

The food was excellent. A 2 thumbs-up! Next time I come here, I got to try different dishes. They sure have a lot of them to choose from. Will definitely come back.

Ying Ying Tea House
233-235 DasmariƱas St., cor.
Yuchenco Street, Binondo, Manila
(02) 387-2797 / (02) 710-3856


  1. And Chinese food misses you back! But for next week, we go Spanish first at Sancho Churreria =)

  2. I love all the food on the photos especially the best platter .i wonder what is that green salad side dish.

    1. It's some sort of ginger side
      dish, I think, I wish I knew. It's killing me now wondering what that was. =)

  3. this made me hungry. na-try ko lng sa binondo ung mga david's tea house.. try ko nga here.. :)

    1. Hi MsAirra, try it! It's one of Binondo's gems when it comes to Chinese foods. =)

  4. You're making me crave for Chinese food! :D I think the green soup is seafood with spinach, just like what I had in King Chef. Anyway, I'd love to have some dumplings, hot and sour soup, salt and pepper squid, almond jelly and sugarcane juice right now, even if it's already midnight! :D

    1. Hi Sumi! Yup, it is definitely seafood with spinach, thanks for that! My mind was blocked! I would love to have some salt & pepper squid or ribs right now. Wishful thinking =)

  5. i lovvve chinese food! its been my desire to eat at binondo! will try this <3

    Rovie, The Bargain Doll


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