Thursday, August 07, 2008


First learned about about Wai ying restaurant from Moni of Of Places & Food blog site who said, "It is air conditioned but it's not for those who want peace and relaxation. If you consider the food quality and reasonable price as a good tradeoff, then this place might just be for you."

I had no idea about it's exact location but Moni gave me the direction:
it's on Benavidez Street only a few meters from the corner of Salazar. It has a huge signage that's tough to miss. From Ongpin Street facing Sta. Cruz area, turn left on the street opposite the appliance center and President Restaurant. Turn right once you approach the corner. That's Benavidez Street and Wai Ying is a few doors away on the right side of the road facing C.M. Recto avenue.

Wai ying offers a variety of
congee (lugaw), roasted meats, dim sun, vegetables, dessert and drinks. They also have combination meals from 100 to 120 pesos. I had the white chicken and asado over rice. It was delicious and the serving was plentiful. The dimsum range in price from 50 to 60 pesos per order.

Moni's Of Places & Food blog site for more details, as well as for his critiques of other eateries in the area.

Meanwhile, remember the Mang Inasal restaurant on Ongpin and Padilla Streets that I blogged about last July (Going Against The Grain)? Well, it's pecho -- marinated and grilled chicken breast and wing with unlimited rice -- has become my nephew's and his friends' choice of meal lately. They seem to have forsaken their once-favorite two-piece Chicken Joy at Jollibee. However, the branch they often go to is the one over at the university belt area (Recto near corner Quezon Boulevard).

Anyway, I once went with them at Mang Inasal, and I have to admit the pecho I had was just as delicious as those served at Bacolod Chicken Inasal restaurant. The prices at Mang Inasal are lower, though.

Mang Inasal over at Ongpin & Padilla Streets in Binondo

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posted by Señor Enrique at 10:33 AM


Blogger ka tony said...

Ok Eric,

Let me see... if I still know the place where I grew up, I haven't been in this area for 21 years. I hope the streets still have the same names...

# walking on calle Ongpin towards Sta.Cruz, before turning left on calle Salazar, on your right will be The King's Theater and you're facing the second bridge of Ongpin from Rosario Street.

# walking on calle Salazar, on your right you'll pass by the "original Ma Mon Luk"

# as you walk few more steps, you'll reach the corner and turning right will be calle Benavidez.

# walking on calle Benavidez, towards calle Azcaraga (Claro M Recto), you'll cross small street, calle Piedad.

# still on calle Benavidez walking towards calle Azcaraga, you'll hit an intersection...and as you said to turn right, this street facing calle Azcaraga, will be CALLE SOLER!

Did I pass my geography test, Eric? he, he, he...
shei shei,
ka tony

August 07, 2008 12:21 PM  

Anonymous Traveler on Foot said...

The first time we dined in at Mang Inasal was at their Bel Air Makati branch, just along Jupiter Street.

I agree that their petcho is delicious. We've tried their barbecue, sisig and sinigang.Ang sarap!

Price is reasonable and the place in Makati is cozy enough. I'm not sure with their branch in Binondo.

Yes. Mang Inasal serves good comfort food.

August 07, 2008 12:37 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

That's right, Ka Tony! Walking on Benavidez from Salazar heading north will be Piedad, Soler, and then Azcarraga (now C.M. Recto).

There's no more Ma Mon Luk on Salazar, but there's supposed to be one still in Binondo; don't know where it is, though. The only Ma Mon Luks I know of are on Quezon Boulevard in Quiapo and on Quezon Avenue near corner Banawe.

Yup ... you passed :)

August 07, 2008 2:18 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I was surprised to find the food at Mang Inasal as quite good, Traveler, and the prices reasonable. And for those who love rice, there's plenty of it there and extra servings are no charge at all. Can't beat that :)

August 07, 2008 2:20 PM  

Blogger angmgaibon said...

Here's some pics from Ma Mon Luk Banawe:

Great Job Senor Eric!

You remind me of my middle-aged balikbayan uncles when they describe/reminisce life "nung araw".

August 07, 2008 3:17 PM  

Blogger ka tony said...


Feels great to still remember after all these years!!! Pasado pala ako, paguwi ko I'll treat myself at Wai Ying & Mang Inasal!

salamat Teacher Eric for my passing grade...he, he, he
ka tony

August 07, 2008 3:18 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Make sure you bring a couple of trousers that are a size or two bigger on the waist, Ka Tony, because most balikbayans gain some weight afterwards ... hehehe!

Your memories are still sharp!

August 07, 2008 4:01 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Memories are what one holds dear when older, angmgaibon ... hehehe. Actually, my life in Manila nowadays is one major recall ... hahaha!

Thanks for sharing the URL!

August 07, 2008 4:17 PM  

Blogger Aura said...

Wow!!!Ginugutom at naglalaway na ako just reading this post.

I have to look for that place when i come on holiday in Dec.!!Ayoko na ng mga fast food,i prefer mga restaurant where we can eat well.Chinese restos here dont have much to offer.walang siopao or siomai sa menu.ibang iba sa mga kainan dyan sa atin.

First and last time i went to Ongpin was almost 20 yrs ago with hubby,we had lunch in one place & dont even remember the name.Enjoy kami sa food until we heard a shooting at a distance.Natakot ako but we were assured by a kapwa pinoy near us that me shooting talaga nearby,War Film !!! hahaha!!

August 07, 2008 6:51 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I'm truly surprised why Binondo doesn't have any first class hotels like Malate does, Aura. This way, tourists who want to spend the weekend in the area can just check in, and feast on the glorious Chinese foods offered by the many restaurants in the neighborhood without having to take cabs or jeepneys -- just walk around.

A war film? Thank God! You see, in the many years I've been living in Manila, haven't heard of shootouts in Binondo ... hehehe. In the nearby Divisoria, yes!

Ay, Aura, I bet you and your husband will have a wonderful time in Manila's Chinatown! December is just around the corner :)

August 07, 2008 7:08 PM  

Blogger ka tony said...

Hi Eric,

...halatang halata ang katandaan ko, he, he, he!!!

Great idea to have 5 or 4 star hotels in Binondo, so para sa aming mga "balik batang" matatanda can stay & once again savor the "pastfood" of yesteryears. Siguro hindi pa rin naiiba ang lasa ng mga pagkain sa Ongpin, kasi they still have the Kalesas in the area. The "U-U" of the kabayos are the natural "vetsin" of the place, as it drys & blown by the wind at maglalanding sa plato mo, sarap he, he, he

salamat Eric,
ka tony

August 07, 2008 9:58 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Lol ... but actually, Ka Tony, to ply a calesa in Manila, you have to equip your carriage with a device to catch the horse's manure; otherwise, you can get a ticket. It's the stench of the horse's urine that remains to be annoying :)

August 08, 2008 7:27 AM  

Blogger ka tony said...

Oooooh yeaahh Eric,

Sorry ...I forgot that, ang mga kabayo ngayon ay naka "lampin" na!!! Someday this "kabayos" should be trained to use "push-up diapers" well as to pee at the street "man holes" he, he, he

August 08, 2008 8:20 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

From these photo essays of Manila streets, Ka Tony, ever notice how clean our streets are? Of course, evening and night time is different much like in Singapore.

I think we do a pretty good job in keeping the streets of Manila clean despite the presence of thousands of recalcitrant litter bugs :)

August 08, 2008 9:33 AM  

Blogger reyd said...

Yes, Wai Ying kami kumakain pag kasama ko ang magina ko or some members of They love the dimsum, lalo na yung ma-chang at papatadtad ng mga nakasabit na pagkain sa bintana nila before going home. Pag marami kami at nagkitakita with my former classmates and their families, sa President Resto para maluwang. Pag ako lang, kahit saan diyan sa Binondo ok lang sa akin. Medyo madilim lang diyan pag gabi na, they should fix those lamp post.
I've never been to Mang Inasal, but I would surely try that the next time.

August 08, 2008 11:30 AM  

Blogger ka tony said...

Oh yes Eric, Streets of Manila are indeed very clean, can compare with Singapore, KL, HK & Bangkok not to mention that these cities don't have "kalesas"!

August 08, 2008 12:37 PM  

Blogger mauisalang said...

Hi Eric! Whenever Doy & I visit Binondo, we always eat at Wai Ying! Food tastes good, and yes, serving is plenty for its price :)

August 08, 2008 5:47 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Mang Inasal serves Bacolod-style Pinoy food, Reyd. It's quite good :)

That was my very first time to eat at Wai ying and for sure, I will be going back there to check out their other dishes. Masarap nga talaga ang pagkain nila :)

August 09, 2008 7:41 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

That's right, Ka Tony ... talagang pwede maipagmalaki natin :)

August 09, 2008 7:42 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Aha! So, mauisalang, you and Doy are frequent patrons of Wai ying, eh? Can't blame you. I will soon become one myself, and don't be surprised if you find me there one afternoon ... hehehe. Good food and good prices talaga kasi :)

August 09, 2008 7:45 AM  

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