BEST OF DINING | 6 stops on the Big Binondo Food Wok Tour

Experience Chinatown's history and culture by way of your tummy with this walking tour in the heart of Manila.

Any city's Chinatown is bound to be a culinary adventure, and given that Binondo is one of the oldest in the world, a food tour here is one way to, as Old Manila Walks tour guide Ivan Man Dy puts it, experience history through your tummy. 

But with its narrow and sometimes winding streets, old buildings, and countless shops and restaurants, taking on Binondo all by your lonesome, especially when you aren't too familar with that part of the city of Manila in the first place, can be a very daunting and stressful endeavor. Which is why we were delighted when we were invited on a food tour that would give us a chance to try out the newly launched Otterbox Commuter Wallet, a handy phone case built for the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 that comes with a slide-out compartment that can hold up to three ATM or credit cards or a combination of a couple of bills and cards.

Our experience was fun and fulfilling--in terms of knowledge as well as the contents of our tummies. We got to sample not just the expected dishes like lumpia, hopiasiopao, and more, but we also got to try things like innard soup and cumin chicken. We learned about the different Chinese cultures that came to settle in Manila--not just the majority of immigrants who can trace their ancestors back to China's Fujian province, but also those from Canton and the northern provinces.

Binondo Food TourClick through the slideshow below to see pics from our own jaunt through Binondo's culinary history.

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You can book a spot on the Big Binondo Food Wok Tour (or even book a private tour) by Old Manila Walks by sending them an e-mail or giving them a call at (0917) 329-1622 ot (02) 711-3823. Look for Ivan or Cherry. You can also learn more about Old Manila Walks via their website.

Photos by Cons Reyes

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