After those fun activities we had in Lucky China Town, we headed back to Ongpin to find the famous Dong Bei Dumplings. It is part of the Binondo Food Wok by Mr Ivan Dy and I have read a lot of reviews about this famous restaurant so I said to myself that I should really give this a try to find out what really makes Dong Bei Dumplings so special and why everybody is buzzing about it.
Well, we were able to locate the small restaurant in Yuchengco St but the problem is we were welcomed by a long queue of people waiting outside. The problem here is that Dong Bei Dumpling has a very small space which is not enough to accommodate their overwhelming amount of customers. If it wasn’t because of the long queue outside, they will not even let others in and use the upper floor (which is probably for their private or exclusive for special customers). Anyway, since we’re already there, we decided to wait for more or less 45 minutes.While waiting for our turn, we were still entertained by so many things. A group of kids and their improvised Lion costume mocks the lion dance in front of us! They were really a crowd pleaser! Another interesting sight are the Dong Bei Dumpling workers! Their glass door allows you to see them working with the dumplings. Yes, you can see how dumplings are being done so you’ll know that they will serve it fresh!That bowl filled with green and brown mixture is their filling for Kuchay Dumplings. It is really impressive how quick their hands are and i think they can produce a dozen of these dumpling in less than a minute or two.Kuchay dumplings, one of Dong Bei’s best sellersDespite of the fame, this small restaurant is surprisingly not pretentious compare to other resto in Binondo. They offer a very simple atmosphere. I think the first floor only has 6 tables and can accomodate at least 20 to 25 customers at a time.The second floor on the other hand has six tables and the aircon was much felt here haha. The Dong Bei Dumpling menu posted on tarpaulin on their wall. Some of their best sellers includes the Pork Siomai, Kuchay Dumplings, Pancakes, Dumpling soups and more.We had one order of their Kuchay Dumplings and we’re surprised that at a price of Php120, you already have a meal that is ideal for a group of 4. I think there’s around 12-14 Kuchay dumplings were served in our plate. I’ve heard that their Xiao Long Bao were great too but we really had enough of it in Cafe Mezzanine. We ordered Wong Lo Kat Chinese herbal tea just for the sake of trying it LOL. Well, it tasted like Sago and Gulaman but mildly sweet. This is what we called “Art”… the art of waiting haha. We ordered their so-called Pancake but waited another 20 minutes. We understand the place is really crowded and almost all the dishes were freshly cooked so we do not expect our orders to arrive in seconds. It’s not a fast food after all. The Pancake! It’s not your typical American-inspired pancake. It is chewy, oily and it can be filled with meat. The one we ordered though is plain and do not have fillings inside. It tastes like a rice cake and to be more specific, it tastes like Buchi (a pinoy deli) but with no sesame seeds. Dong Bei is very generous with their servings. For the price of Php120, you’ll get 8 pieces of their pancakes.
Next Stop: Shanghai Fried Siopao
Check Out The Rest of My Binondo Trip Here
Binondo Church │Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz│Nuestra Señora Dela Soledad De Manila Parish │Cafe Mezzanine │Seng Guan Temple│Lion and Dragon Dances │Lucky China Town │Cosplayers In Binondo│Sto Cristo De Longos De Binondo│Dong Bei Dumplings │Shanghai Fried Siopao│Kuang Kong Temple│Sta Cruz Parish Church │Sincerity Restaurant │Ho-Land & Eng Bee Tin