Aside from shopping, there is another thing that I look forward to in my Divisoria/Binondo travels, and that is having a good Chinese food trip. In the past, Cecille noticed that I always go to a certain store in the food court of 168 Mall, and that is the one that sells Egg Foo Young or crab meat omelet.
And since I am alone in this trip, I tried exploring more of the restaurants in Binondo or Manila Chinatown to taste some authentic and “lutong bahay” style Chinese cooking.
And if you’re looking for an affordable meal in Binondo, then I suggest you go to Café Mezzanine Volunteer Fireman’s Coffee Shop.
Cafe Mezzanine: Affordable Chinese Restaurant in Binondo, Manila
This restaurant is located along Ongpin Street and is just a few meters away from the Binondo Church and the famous Eng Bee Tin Hopia and Tikoy store.
People Getting Ready for lunch at Cafe Mezzanine in Manila Chinatown
I tried this store some years ago and liked their famous Chinese fried rice called Kiampong. It is one of their best sellers and goes well with most of their viands and dimsum. A cup of Kiampong sells for 35 pesos here.
Best Seller: Kiampong Fried Rice
This Binondo restaurant also serves combo meals but is only available past lunch time. Combo meals are priced at around 70 to 100 pesos complete with rice, viand and a drink. Since these meals are still not available, I have to order some ulam from their ordinary menu.
Goyong for only 50 Pesos
Most of their ulam cost around 50 to 85 Pesos. Some of their most popular and best seller dishes are Adobo Egg, Camaron, Relleno, Goyong, Sweet and Sour Meat Balls, Lumpiang Shanghai, Pork Asado, Adobo Tofu and Lechon Kawali.
Café Mezzanine also serve other authentic Chinese delicacies and dishes such as Soup Number 5, a variety of noodle soups, pancit canton, lomi and others.
For budget conscious tourists and students you can order their Rice Topping bowls of steamed spare ribs, braised beef, or chicken for only 75 pesos each.
Mapo Tofu for the health concious
Luckily for me, I came a few minutes before lunch time and got a seat and table near the cashier. Café Mezzanine’s service is some what like that of the traditional restaurant where a waiter or waitress will take your order, serve your food and place your bill after your meal. This gets a bit difficult come lunch time for people from different offices, schools and tourists come in droves during meal time and finding a waitress to take your order can take some time.
Aside from my Chinese fried rice, I also ordered Kikiam. I am a fan of the authentic Chinese kikiam. These are so good and are far different from the kikiam sold by our suking fish ball vendor. And since I’m on a Binondo food trip adventure, I opted to order another exotic dish, the Adobong Tenga ng Baboy or pork ears.
Chinese Kikiam: one of my all time favorite
My meal consisting of 2 viands, a cup of Kiampong and a can of Pepsi cost me just 150 Pesos. The meal also comes with a free bowl of soup.
My Authentic Chinese Lunch in Manila Chinatown
For desserts, I just got a pack of my favorite Eng Bee Tin hopia, the Ube Pastilias Combo, which I bought earlier in their main store. You can also buy some Eng Bee Tin items here at Café Mezzanine. ( Just watch out for I will make a different post on Eng Bee Tin).
Eng Bee Tin Hopia for Dessert
Over all this portion of my Binondo food trip is a success. I get to experience eating again my favorite Chinese food, Kiampong and Kikiam, plus another dish without spending much. For 150 pesos this is a great meal. Sulit!!!!
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