Monday, November 13, 2006


I’ve passed by this restaurant in Ongpin right across from Binondo Church so many times but never once felt compelled enough to go in and check out what they have to offer. It must have been its name, Tasty Dumplings, which turned me off about it; reminds me of some eateries I’ve been to back in New York and New Jersey named Good Food Diner, Delicious Bread Bakery, and Sumptuous Soup Kitchen. Oftentimes, eateries with such self-affirmation barely live up to their names.

However, after reading what
Ladybug had to say about its pork chops, I finally went in one day to try it for myself; it was, in fact, really tasty. I had since then gone back a couple of times with friends in tow who appreciate this kind of meals. For eighty-five pesos, you get a piece of pork chop, rice, a small bowl of broth and some cabbage, which I usually mix with my rice. Everything is tasty, indeed. I also noticed that most people who come in usually order the pork chop.

I had also tried their steamed dumplings — kuchay (chives). They were tasty as well, but I find the wrapper too thick. I am one of those who prefer thin wrappers, especially with steamed dumplings. The pork chop is truly delectable; not to mention reasonably-priced. As for the dumplings, I know of another place around the corner from Tasty Dumplings that is far more superior. I will feature that Chinese eatery next time, but I’ve a feeling most of you already know about it.

posted by Señor Enrique at 11:23 AM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It appears to be a very hearty meal at a very reasonable price. This kind of deal doesn't come as often--it should be a steal I bet.

November 13, 2006 12:00 PM  

Blogger sunkissed said...

those are humongous pork chops...they don't even fit the plate! i love the food at binondo. have you try hungry stomach (am i correct?they have the best chicken empanada ever!

November 13, 2006 1:47 PM  

Blogger Sidney said...

I too love Chinese food.
I know Tasty Dumplings. Not exceptional food but good value for your money!

November 13, 2006 2:00 PM  

Blogger ladybug said...

I'm glad you liked it! I really love their pork chops. You may also want to try their noodles along with the pork chop but I'm not sure if you're gonna like it, especially if you're used to the traditional noodle soup found in other Chinese restaurants. Theirs is quite different with thicker noodles -- more like the japanese noodles variety.

By the way, one blogger posted a comment regarding the lumpia you wanted to know more about. Apparently it's called "Globe" and can be located near the corner of Raon and Quezon Avenue. Happy eating!

November 13, 2006 8:14 PM  

Blogger ipanema said...

It looks like a generous piece for 85 pesos. Really looks filling. :)

November 13, 2006 8:48 PM  

Blogger General Bird said...

Reminds me of the Excellent Dumpling House in New York's Chinatown. A little hole in the wall with a big name, and, yes, excellent dumplings.

November 13, 2006 9:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, it sure looks yummy! And I think for 85 pesos, it's worth the money.


November 13, 2006 10:47 PM  

Blogger carlotta1924 said...

omigoodness i definitely have to try that already! there's one on wilson st. greenhills. my brother said that their pork chops are really humongous. :-)

November 14, 2006 5:23 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Yes, it is a reasonably-priced meal, Major Tom, but to be relished only once in a while because its is fried. Kids love this kind of meals, though -- crunchy and tasty.

Not yet, G. Knotee, but I will certainly look for it. Any idea for the location of Hungry Stomach?

November 14, 2006 9:40 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

That is correct, Sidney, good value for the money. Have you tried one of the eateries at estero? It's next on my list.

I often walk by Raon on my way to Quiapo, Ladybug. I will most definitely check out the lumpia at Globe and blog about it.

Again, many thanks for sharing your good finds, especially with yummy stuffs :)

November 14, 2006 9:44 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

It is filling, Ipanema. The broth was also surprisingly good!

At least Excellent Dumplings live up to its name.

BTW, General Bird, would you believe that I hardly take note of the names of the restaurant in NYC's Chinatown? Only their locations. The reason is my friends and I would always meet at our regular meeting place, say Ken's Broome Street Bar in SoHo, and then walk down to Chinatown. So if you asked one of us for the names of certain restaurants, most often we'd be stumped. But ask for the location and we'd surely give you accurate directions. Weird, huh?

November 14, 2006 9:49 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Yes, Kyels, for 85 pesos it's is well worth it :)

It may look huge, Carlotta, but it is also thinly sliced! But is is really tasty though and the platter is filling enough. Yup, your brother is right!

November 14, 2006 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding dumplings, I find that Dong Bei also on Yuchengco (formerly Nueva) is the best in China. The skin is strong enough to hold in the stuffing yet not too thick to eat.

November 14, 2006 5:28 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

You have good taste, Anson :) That is exactly the place I had in mind. I love their steamed dumplings and those pancakes.

November 14, 2006 5:59 PM  

Blogger wernicke said...

I was in Binondo with friends on October 15 and we had lunch at the Estero. Delicious food at very reasonable prices. The three of us got a small order each of yang chow fried rice, kangkong, sze chuan pork, sizzling prawns (5 pcs), soup and softdrinks - we were so full and yet we paid P145 each only. Yummy!

I've got to try Hong Bei. I've been looking for a dumpling house with good reviews. Thanks for the tip!

November 15, 2006 7:39 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I have to definitely try the Estero eatery, Wernicke. Might do it with two blogger friends next month. Sizzling prawns ... hmmmm. I'm salivating ... hehehe! Thanks!

November 15, 2006 12:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh' man, mapupuyat ako nito... but I don't mind, TGIF naman dito, you are doing a great job. I was going to recommend Tasty and other Binondo lamunans for your article, meron na pala.
Tasty, President, Sincerity and Wah Ying ang madalas namin istambayan with my group from


Rey Dy (not related to Ivan, but a friend also)

February 03, 2007 8:52 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Rey!

Ang hinahanap ko ay yung Panciteria Lido na may masarap daw na cafe. Saan ba iyon?

February 03, 2007 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Panciteria Lido is along T. Alonzo, I think the owner change that to The New Lido Restaurant. Famous sila dati sa Asado and lately their coffee. Dun kami nuon kumakain ng pansit in the 70's.
But now, sa dami ng masasarap na resto we can't decide where to go. :P My wife said they have a branch in Ortigas Ave. I never tried their coffee, barako boy kasi ako pag uwi sa Pinas. I hope you enjoy their treats.

Rey D

February 03, 2007 11:48 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I'm not much of a coffee drinker, Rey, but only want to try Lido's that they rave about.

BTW, remember Ramon Lee Fried Chicken sa Ronquillo near Avenida Rizal? Ok din doon kaya lang talagang luma na ang lugar.

February 04, 2007 7:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

O' yes, Ramon Lee's Fried Chicken, my father's take home meal usually on saturday night. Also, Panciteria Moderna was one of the best Pansit Noodle house before.
Then, Ma Mon Luk was a friend of my father since before the war,he worked in Escolta where Ma Mon started to sell his famous soups. There are some articles about Ma Mon Luk on the internet, they are facinating to read.

Too may memories to relate to everyone, but we will add some more tales as time goes on....

Rey D

February 05, 2007 1:57 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Wow! You should think about creating a blog, Rey, and post entries about your childhood memories on Binondo, including the eateries, pet shops, toy stores, and etc., that you can remember.

I'm sure this site will become a big hit, especially with those who might start losing their respective fond memories about certain places and things that were once in this neighborhood! I will be among those, for certain, who'd end up a regular as a visitor :)

February 05, 2007 7:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I can find some time to do that, maybe when I retire. Reading your blog and others makes me feel like doing my own blog already. I hope my little contribution here would last forever to the minds of your readers.

Rey d

February 06, 2007 1:37 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

There are many new and exciting places here in Metro Manila -- from the glitzy Makati to the newly-developed Fort Bonifacio in Taguig, but none holds my fascination to this day than Binondo. I love this place, Rey.

Okay, I, for one, will be looking forward to your continued contributions/comments.



February 06, 2007 6:45 AM  

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