Restaurants / Bars

Try This: Ying Ying Tea House is a Treasure Trove of Budget-Friendly Cantonese Favorites

July 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.

Clockwise from top-left: Gutchap Mami (with innards), Pork and Shrimp Siomai, Roast Duck with Rice, Lo Mai Kai, Fried Dumpling, Hakaw

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.

ADDRESS: 233-235 Dasmarinas Corner Yuchengco Street, Binondo, Manila
CONTACT: (02) 310-9031 / (02) 387-2797
SPEND: PHP 100-200 for a meal for one
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Patricia Baes SEE AUTHOR Patricia Baes

Trish thinks too much about everything—truth, existence.....and what’s on her plate. Her ongoing quest for a better relationship with food has led to a passion for cooking, gastronomy, and a newfound interest in its politics. She dreams of perfecting the art of making soufflé with her crappy toaster oven.

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