This time, I decided I wanted to try something different so we headed towards Quintin Paredes st. to look for the NEW PO HENG LUMPIA HOUSE. I've read about this place in some blogs so we decided to have a quick bite before chhosing ourfinal restaurant destination. The Lumpia place is tucked away in the Uy Su Building (HSBC). You have to enter the side entrance and at the end, there is a courtyard. It's not really a restaurant but just a small shop with a few tables selling Lumpia. It's freshly rolled as you order, very tasty although a bit sweet. I added the hot sauce to give it a good contrast and it was perfect. It was quite filling and for 45 pesos, its a steal and well worth the long walk.
We then proceeded to walk around and try to decide where to eat. My initial preference was Lai Lai, but I did not know that they had already closed. So walking around, we decided to go to Sincerity Restaurant (in Yuchengco st. - formerly Nueva st.), which specializes in their famous chicken. The place was full so again we had to continue walking. This was good as it would really open our appetite for lunch. We finally decided to try out YING YING, in Dasmarinas st. corner Yuchengco st.
I'm was not really sure what their specialty was but it was in my list of Restaurants to try so we decided to walk in. The waiter mentioned that their specialty was seafood, but none of us were in the mood for seafood so we ordered:
Mixed Platter (suckling pig, chicken, roast pork, asado, century eggs and sea weed). Everything was delicious...most specially the suckling pig and he sea weed, which was quite spicy.
For main, we ordered Hot Prawn Salad, Butter Chicken, Salt and Pepper Squid, Salted fish fried Rice and an order of Siomai.
All the dishes were very good, my favorite being the Hot Prawn salad and the Butter Chicken. The Prawn salad was so tender and coated with a slightly sweet mayonnaise/cream...perfect. The Butter Chicken was deep fried but so tender inside - even the white meat parts very very tender and moist. Service was great (very friendly waiter) and quick. The Salt and Pepper Squid was also perfectly seasoned and fried, not chewy at all. Very far form the usual one I have in North Park... :)
As usual, we ordered too much food and had lots of take home, but it was still a very affordable meal. I will definitely return to the area soon and make sure to try all the good restaurants available. Aside form eating, shopping is also another perk in Chinatown. Everything is cheap...I was tempted to buy so many fruits (cherries, ponkan, mango etc..) at very affordable prices. i just didn't want to deal with having to carry them around since our car was parked all the way in Hidalgo st.
Can't wait to go back there next month and explore new restaurants and places to try....