Missing Binondo and Chinese Food!

Two Fridays ago, I had a fantastic Chinese lunch courtesy of our former boss (and one of my wedding godparents, too). She had some Chinese food sent over to our office all the way from a restaurant at the Makati Golf and Country Club. Ang sushal lang. Haha.

our Chinese lunch, thanks again Ms. BAA!

While enjoying the delicious Chinese food, I suddenly missed Binondo. I remembered the food trips hubby and I used to have there in the past. We’ve tried and enjoyed the food at Wai Ying Fastfood, Masuki, Estero, Dong Bei Dumpling, Sincerity Cafe, and Cafe Mezzanine. I planned for us to try more hole-in-the-wall eateries and dainty restaurants that serve authentic Chinese dishes but my previous pregnancy (and my delicate condition for that matter) prevented us from doing so.

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A Crab Feast

Last Friday night, I had the pleasure of joining a group of food bloggers in a crab feast. Our gracious host, The Red Crab Alimango House – Lucky Chinatown Branch, was more than happy to send us to crab heaven by serving us with not just one nor two but a total of 24 crab dishes for dinner!

It was raining hard outside but that didn’t stop our tummies from having a party complete with unlimited rice, free-flowing drinks and contemporary music played through surround speakers. Yes, seriously. Add to that the good conversations and even better company and we all went home super satisfied.

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Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo

Last Friday night, the hubby and I braved the heavy rains so I could attend a food event at Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo. I would find out later that this newly-opened mall is run by Megaworld Corporation, the one that brought us Eastwood City at Libis, Quezon City and Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill, Taguig City. The mall is a five-storey shopping complex, complete with a supermarket, shops, cinema houses and parking spaces.

Lucky Chinatown’s atrium

There’s no denying that the mall looks posh and decent, not to mention good-smelling. Personally, I liked the shops there, though most of them looked pricey to me. I think I saw some beauty bars and clothing stores, an SM Appliance Center and even an office supplies shop that sells nice desk grommets. As for restaurants, they have a clean-looking food court dotted with Chinese eateries (and with my fave Chicken Charlie, too!) as well as free-standing restaurants such as Chicken Bonchon, Italliani’s, The Red Crab Alimango House and Tao Yuan, among others.

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Craving for Chinese Food

I’ve been cooking Chinese fried rice and buying take-out siomai and siopao the past weekends to somehow satisfy my hunger for Chinese food. I dunno but the fusion of flavors found in Chinese cuisine never fails to make my tummy happy. That, or I’m just a glutton in denial. Haha.

The fiancĂ© and I might go to Divisoria tonight to check the layout for our wedding invites. If that pushes through, I would take him to Binondo and treat him to a dinner of Chinese food. Divisoria and Binondo are within close proximity to each other so getting from the former to the latter won’t be a problem at all. Oh, how I miss our Binondo food trips!

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Thanksgiving Dinner and My Surplus Haul

Office work has been pretty slack the past weeks. When the clock struck five, my officemates and I finally pushed thru our plan to eat at Sincerity Café and Restaurant. I call it our second Binondo food trip because the branch we visited was located in the said place. Actually, it was sort of a thanksgiving dinner for our having kept our jobs following the change in administration that had taken place in June.

After having a fantastic dinner at the restaurant, the boyfriend and I went straight to SM Manila. He bought a new Samsung phone with dual sim capability while I did some impulsive shopping at Surplus. I was proud of myself because I saw a lot of nice items but stuck to the essentials. By essentials, I meant a cream cardigan, a white tank top and a pair of funky sneakers.

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