No Binondo Food Trip is complete without visiting Eng Bee Tin. This famous hopia and tikoy store in Chinatown might even be your first stop for it is located just at the side of Binondo Church.
There are a lot of hopia and tikoy stores in Binondo and in the Manila Chinatown area, but if you want something different, say for the Chinese New Year and special occasions or even for pasalubong for your relatives abroad or in the provinces, might as well go to Eng Bee Tin.
The Eng Bee Tin Tikoy and Hopia Store in Manila Chinatown
The Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli store is known for delicious Chinese food products. They are also known for innovating food items such as Tikoy (sticky rice cake) and Hopia (moon cakes), making them more delicious and really worth buying.
Eng Bee Tin’s Hopia and Tikoy Products
The store’s motif is purple for the most popular and best selling items here are the Ube Tikoy and Ube Hopia. For foreigners, Ube is known as Purple Yam. This root crop is used mainly for desserts and sweet snacks such as Ube Halaya, Ube Jam, Ube Ice Cream and ginatang halo-halo or Binignit in Cebu.
Eng Bee Tin was the first tikoy store to make ube tikoy and it was a big hit both in the Chinese community and Pinoys visiting Chinatown. Guess it made the owners very successful, for they now own have several stores in the area including the Chinese restaurant, Mezzanine. The owners also are active fire volunteers and are the ones who donated the famous purple fire trucks of Binondo.
Eng Bee Tin Ube Tikoy: Best Seller During Chinese New Year
Come Chinese New Year, expect a large crowd outside this famous Binondo landmark. Tikoy is one of the must served food come Chinese New Year or Spring Festival because it is sweet and it is sticky. Its’ sweetness is taught to bring harmonious relationships between family members and it’s sticky properties will bind the family members closer to each other.
Aside from the classical white tikoy and their best seller, the Tikoy Ube, there are also other flavors of tikoy in Eng Bee Yin such as Tikoy Pandan, Tikoy Green Tea, Strawberry Tikoy,Tikoy Sweet Corn and Sugar Free Tikoy. The price of a medium sized Tikoy Ube is 198 Pesos.
Other Special Tikoy in Eng Bee Tin in Binondo
Aside from the tikoy, other must try is Eng Bee Tin’s wide variety of Hopia. The prices of hopia differs based on their fillings. The price of Eng Bee Tin’s Ube Hopia is 44 pesos for a pack of 4. Other hopia flavors are Hopia Ube Dice, Hopia Mongo, Hopia Baboy and Hopia Kondol.
Ube Hopia: The other Eng Bee Tin Best Seller
One of my favorite hopia in this store is the Ube/Pastillas Hopia Combi where the moon cake has 2 fillings. One side of the hopia is filled with ube while the other side is filled with pastillas flavored mongo. One of their must try hopia is the Custard Hopia. This moon cake is usally seen inside the store’s refrigerated display case.
Ube/Pastilias Combi Hopia by Eng Bee Tin
What makes these moon cakes very good is their filling. The ingredients used are of high quality and the filling is so smooth, almost the same texture of finely mashed potatoes.
My Favorite Ube/Pastilllas Hopia
There are also other Chinese delicacies being sold at Eng Bee Tin such as siopao, pork kikiam, siomai, fried meat balls and others.
If you want to go to Eng Bee Tin, just head to Binondo in the City of Manila. It is located at Ongpin Street, just beside the Binondo Church. For more info, here is their contact numbers: 288-8888 or 241-9999.
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