the BIG Binondo Food Wok!

After months of trying to find the right schedule and the right company, I was finally able to join ivan dy’s “the BIG Binondo Food Wok!” last june 12. To borrow ivan’s term, it was really a power walk which started in binondo church at 1 pm and ended in the same church at 6 pm. And it was all worth it.

I’m not a Chinoy nor do I live near the area so I haven’t had the chance to explore the binondo area before the walk, well, except for occasional trips to nearby divisoria. So, on that day, i was literally a tourist in my own country, as we walked along Ongpin and Salazar streets…the only streets I could remember.

Good thing my former roomy, A, joined the tour too coz she was as eager as I was. On second thought, she was a little more eager than I was. In fact, more than once, we were left behind by the group coz she was busy taking pictures.

Since it was a food walk, we ate at around 5 different places and sampled different kinds of authentic Chinese food, from rice to dumplings to fried siopaos and a lot more. That was the main reason I became interested with the tour in the first place. Ivan promised that whatever calories we would get from the food would be burned by the time we finish the walk. Well, he was right. By the time it was all over, my stomach was growling.

i wish i could join another walk soon. this time, i'd like to take a walk around San Miguel area and maybe, get a taste of San Miguel too!


Blogger f.r.i.e.d.w.a.t.e.r. said...

kapag nagagawi kami sa lugar na iyan, we never fail to eat at wai-ying. dunno the street where it is located pero alam ko puntahan.from ongpin, diretso ka lang, tapos kumaliwa ka sa 1st street on the left tapos yung unang street sa right. yun andun ang wai ying. sarap dun.

Jun 21, 2006, 9:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Jayred said...

Truly a nice experience.

Hope to visit Chinatown again when I revisit the Philippines. (I first visited Ongpin in the '80s.)

Jun 23, 2006, 8:50:00 PM  
Anonymous bugsybee said...

Hi Doc Kero! Kakainggit ka naman. I've been planning since a year ago to take the Binondo Food Wok but each time I am in Manila, I can't squeeze it into my schedule kasi it's usually done on a weekend which is the time naman that I can join friends and relatives since off na sila sa office nila. Nonetheless, I am still hoping. Just thinking about the food makes me drool!

Jun 26, 2006, 9:53:00 PM  
Anonymous miwa said...

You should try one of Carlos Celdran's walking tours. Mag-eenjoy ka dun. Tipo bang magkakahalong history, humor saka performance art yung mga tours nya.

Jun 27, 2006, 9:47:00 AM  
Blogger kero said...

friedwater, i haven't tried that restaurant. hayaan mo pag may nahila uli ako kasama sa binondo, will try it. sana di ako maligaw.

jayred, try to join the tour when you're here in manila.

bugsybee, you know what, it was through your blog that i got to know about the walk. thanks!

miwa, do you know his web addy? maybe his schedule would fit better with mine. medyo nahirapan ako itaon yung schedule ko with ivan dy eh.

Jun 27, 2006, 10:46:00 PM  
Anonymous miwa said...

Here's the link: http://celdrantours.blogspot.com/

Carlos has other things posted there so just scroll down to see the schedules. He has a couple of tours lined up for June-July. I'm joining his Intramuros tour this friday :)

Jun 28, 2006, 9:56:00 AM  
Blogger Tani said...

so that's the story behind that picture by the river... paborito ko din binondo... jewelry sinasadya ko dyan.. dami rin ako kakilala nakikita whenever i go there, sila din namamasyal lang rin lang.

Jul 14, 2006, 8:11:00 PM  

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