Mooncake Festival in Binondo

What’s up, you guys! How did you spend your long weekend?

For me, I mostly just hibernated at home, cleaned around, and did some laundry. In short, #tamadmode.

But I also went “food-tripping” and “food-shopping” in Binondo, Manila yesterday.  Luckily, the Filipino-Chinese community were also celebrating their Mooncake Festival; hence, the Lucky Chinatown Mall were fully decked with decorations, perfect for Instagram pictures.

Manila’s Chinatown is both a food hub and a shopping hub.  On the other side of it is the famous Divisoria shopping area, where you can find all sorts of stuff for cheap – from electronics, to ballgowns, to cellphones, to toys – you name it, they have everything! Meanwhile, in Chinatown itself, there are a ton of stuff to see – and taste! Some hard-to-find imported fruits (like cherries, strawberries, blueberries, plums) can be found being sold along the streets. If you love siopao, hopia, siomai, and cuapao, you’ll probably go crazy with the many varieties they have here.  We actually stuffed our faces pretty full the whole time – that’s the whole point right?

So, where did we go and what did we do? Here are a few photos I took during the whole day.

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Upon entering Binondo, you see Chinese Arks like these
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And this!

We also went to visit the Binondo Church.  If you’re coming to visit, this is also a great meet-up point, because it’s a very huge landmark.

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Where we began and ended our Binondo trip

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Like I said, Lucky Chinatown Mall also had some pretty decorations. And I don’t know if it’s because of the holiday, but the mall wasn’t crowded at all, so we were able to take pretty decent pics.

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And finally, what’s a food trip without some food pics?

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Our first stop was breakfast at Masuki (formerly known as the famous Ma Mon Luk) where we got to taste their famous Beef Mami
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Then, we got to try this yummy Oyster Cake for lunch somewhere in the heart of Binondo
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What’s a Binondo trip without some hopia?

It actually felt like we were somewhere in Hongkong’s old markets, or Bangkok’s own Chinatown.  Without remembering that we were also in the Divisoria area, I would really think that we were not in Manila at all.

Here are some of the goodies I bought: pork cuapao (which I like so much, I want to go back and buy more!), red plums for cheap!, Ho-Land Hopia in pork and ube macapuno, and crushed almonds.

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1 kg of red plums for Php150; 3 for Php120 cuapao; crushed almonds for Php180; Ho-Land hopia for Php45.00 each.

Someday, I will go back and shop some more of that cuapao.  I also want to check if their cherries and blueberries would ever go on sale, like the plums I got.

Have you been to Binondo?

-CHRYZTYNERS-

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