While I’m no connoisseur of Chinese food, I can vouch that Ying Ying Tea House won’t disappoint if you’re looking for straightforward Chinese fare – and then some.
All the usual suspects were there. Duck? Check. Congee? Check. Dim sum? Hot Pot? Frog’s Legs? Check, check, check.
Since lunch was already at 2.30, we wanted something quick . In came siomai and broccoli sauteed in a lot of garlic.
I mean seriously, how can Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes) hate broccoli? These are really good. Plus you get your RDA of vitamins from vegetables, boys and girls.
Then we had hearty servings of boiled oysters and yang chao fried rice, all washed down with milk tea.
And finally, my favorite – palos, or eel, in a rich and mildly spicy tausi and chili sauce. Costs Php100 for every 100 grams. It’s a bit bony, but the meat is moist and chewy, similar to bangus belly. Bliss.
Ying Ying Tea House is at 233 to 235 Dasmarinas Street, corner E.T. Yuchengco Street, Binondo, Manila. Prices start from Php50. Call 387 2797, 710 3856 or 241 6323 for more information.