Because I have no shame, I went ahead and actually made some silly images this past week. The first one was in response to Kim Jong Un's mystery smartphone. After due research, I found out what the brand was!
Pretty crazy week at work, but one of the best respites I had was when the fine people at Ford took a few of us for a ride to Binondo, where we ended up meeting the very famous Ivan Man-Dy, who took us on a walking food tour along good old Chinatown.
Now, this was far from my first dance at having a food tour in Binondo. Despite that, I wanted to see exactly how different my makeshift tour for friends was from a professional tour as done by Ivan, and the differences, while definitely clear, also highlighted how similar my tour was, in that we essentially hit mostly the same destinations.
It was great that I rode with Neil of 99.5 RT fame to Binondo, really. We had a lot of catching up to do, and he brought me up to speed why I would want a Ford for myself the moment I get a license.
New Po Heng. Dong Bei. The Carvajal street market. Ho-Land. Except for the fried siopao stop, this particular version of the food tour was, step by step, pretty much the same as the last one I ran for Chad and Gail. I wasn't complaining, though, because Ivan's wealth of knowledge not just about the food but even cultural quirks we would take for granted when we focus just on chowing down, really.
Having said that, there's absolutely no reason to miss the lumpia, the oyster cake, the fried chicken, the dumplings, the fried siopao, the hopia, and all the other amazing stuff you would find in Binondo if you ever end up in the area! My only complaint, though, is that White Rabbit is now really a contraband item, and you can't find it where we did last time in Carvajal.
And of course, aside from kiamoy, lest we forget, one of my favorite things about going to Binondo and Dong Bei in particular would be their ever-awesome Wong Lo Kat drink. It just really takes the heatiness away to a whole different level!