Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ying Ying Tea House: A Night Food Trip in Binondo (Chinatown in Manila)

Ying Ying Tea House is not easy to find. It is located at the corner of two streets, Dasmarinas and Yuchengco in Binondo, Manila's Chinatown. Good thing the people around are hospitable and warm. They know the place and will not hesitate in giving you directions.

While waiting for the food to be served. Notice the spoons and forks immersed in hot water, so old school Chinese restaurant!

They tied a yellow ribbon at the counter. They hanged some yummy-looking meats as well.

If there are no condiments on the table, it's not a Chinese restaurant.

Ying Ying Tea House can boast of their service tea. It tastes really good. Above all, it's free.

Yang Chow Rice is alright. Personally, I can survive with just plain white rice.

Okiam Chicken. Not their best chicken dish. I'd rather have Lemon Chicken or Sweet and Sour Chicken. Okiam Chicken is simply a platter of fried chicken served with a small bowl of sweet and sour sauce resembling ketchup.

You can never go wrong with Chicken Feet.

My first time to eat Steamed Lumpia. It's the star of the night! I can have it again next time.

Ying Ying's Xiao Long Bao. You can let go of this one and just try Radish Cake. It doesn't have the soupy substance inside it, unlike the real ones found in China.

Our table, after a few minutes.

A photo of four satisfied customers.
A photo in front of the counter.

Getting wacky with Ying Ying's staff and dimsums.

With just a few walks outside Ying Ying, you shall see the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch.

The old Savory! They serve the infamous Savory Chicken there.

A dream come true. A photo in Jones Bridge.

The header of my blog is a photo of Plaza Moraga, taken more than fifty years ago. Today, this is how it looks like. At night.

Notes: Ying Ying is open from 7am to 2am everyday. It's perfect for a night food trip like what we've had. They serve good drinks too, like soy milk and mango-sago.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Beijing: Day 2 Photo Diary

A photo with schoolmates at the entrance of the Summer Palace.

My solo.

One of the pavilions in the Summer Palace.

Korean schoolmates cozy on a rock near the river overseeing the Summer Palace.

Chinese Calligraphist gracing the grounds of the Summer Palace.

Someone wrote my name on the ground. My Chinese name in pinyin is Wu Zhan Ao.

Tiffany borrowed my cap and posed with the flag behind her.

Climbing the Great Wall of China is not an easy task. We entered at the Badaling Gate.

My one and only solo shot in the Great Wall of China.

Beijing: Day 1 Photo Diary

Our photo at the train station. (L-R) Gege Fred, Jiejie Argee and me.

Candy, our tour guide. She speaks fluent Chinese. But, of course! Sadly, I don't. So I didn't understand everything that she said. Good thing, Beijing is more than words.

A building in China. Looks like a government building.

Exploring the streets of Beijing.

There were no leaves back then because we came at the tail-end of winter.

Forbidden City.

With schoolmates in Fudan University inside the Forbidden City, Beijing.

Fooling around with classmates. (L-R) Jap, Me, Rhea and Yang Baoru/Backpack Sis

Trying to get some rest.

My cutest Chinese friend.

The "Friendship Tree".

Sundown. Inside that building lies the remains of Mao Zedong.