Try This: Ying Ying Tea House is a Treasure Trove of Budget-Friendly Cantonese FavoritesJuly 13, 2018
In spite of the hustle and bustle of the country’s local Chinatown, Filipinos flock to Binondo for its wealth of Chinese food options—among which stands Ying Ying Tea House. Established in 2008, it is relatively younger compared to its neighboring establishments, churning out simple but great quality Cantonese favorites at accessible prices. Ying Ying is currently owned by Josephine L. Shiu (whose family owns fellow Binondo giant, President Grand Palace Restaurant) and husband Chef Shiu Wai Sing, whose recipes the restaurant employs for their Hong Kong-style specialties, with most of their ingredients (around 80%, Shiu shares) coming in from Hong Kong itself.
With numerous regulars, Ying Ying can get pretty packed during peak hours that you might have to queue for a table. But the wait is soon rewarded, as you are led to a table and served their complimentary hot tea. Start off with a few baskets from their wide selection of dimsum, a few specialties being their especially-meaty Pork Shrimp Siomai and juicy Hakaw, and add sustenance to your meal with their seafood, meats, noodle dishes, roasts, and more. Chinese staples like congee and mami are well-represented, while adventurous eaters can go for more unusual dishes like frog legs, gutchap (innards), and more. Especially stellar, however, is their roast duck, which arrives succulent and full of flavor, and is great value for money at just PHP130 for a solo portion with rice.
Ying Ying Tea House
Simple but reliable Cantonese fare at great prices.