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Finding Peace and Happiness

Searing hot-pot
Searing Hot-Pot

The shop is small with only four tables and save for some huge prints on the wall, it was rather nondescript, resembling the hole-in-the-wall eateries in Binondo.  The two aircon units look fairly new but on several visits, they were never on.  Not even the Binondo eateries were this hot.  If you close your eyes for a moment and take a sniff, you can imagine being in a Chinatown restaurant instead of a Makati hole-in-the-wall.

The steady stream of Chinese patrons coming and going seems like a good indication of how good (and authentic) the food is.  Diners brave the stifling heat at (Old Beijing) Peace and Happiness Dumpling House so the food must be that good, right?  That will take a taste test to find out.

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Hot soup, superb dimsum in chilly HK at Mak’s

Mak's Pork Dumpling and Wonton
Mak's Pork Dumpling and Wonton

We capped our first day in HK watching the sunset and admiring the early dusk view of the Kowloon and Central nightscape at the viewdeck of Victoria Peak.  Boy, was it a chilly 19 degrees up there with the wind adding to the cold.  We chanced upon Mak’s on the way out of the  Galleria mall, the warm lighting looked inviting and the thought of having hot soup on a chilly night sounded like a good idea.

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Cantonese as Fine as Jasmine

Suckling Pig
Roasted Crispy Skin of Suckling Pig on Crepe

Just hearing the name of this widely cultivated flower calls to mind adjectives like exquisite, delicate and versatile. It is a flower of many attributes beyond its beautiful form.  To have a restaurant bearing its name means having big shoes to fill. Good thing that Jasmine Restaurant found at New World Hotel lived up to its name, serving some of the finest Cantonese Cuisine in the metro.

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Macau’s Little Turtle with Big Noodles

Octopus Noodles
Octopus Noodles

The noodles came one after the other. It seems overwhelming but after at least a two hour- flight, we were famished and ready to eat just about anything.  It’s my first time in Macau and what better way to get started but to sample some good ole local food. “We’re heading to the Little Turtle,” said Joao, our Portuguese with Chinese  lineage guide.  The name was intriguing enough to make everyone want to check it out.

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Singapore’s World of Flavors (1 of 2)

Maggie's Buttered Squid (SG$6, 8, 12)
Maggie's Buttered Squid (SG$8, 12, 16)

Hopping from a hole-in-the wall restaurant to al fresco street dining, then to a humble stall in a kopitiam and later, to an unpretentious mall restaurant, food tripping is one activity I cherish when I’m in Singapore. The food offering is so diverse I can eat different cuisines from different parts of the world depending on what my appetite dictates that day. During my week-long stay, I tried the different restaurants my friend recommended which were all good at the particular type of cuisine they serve yet inexpensive.

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On the Chinese food trail with the Big Binondo Food Wok Map

Big Binondo Food Wok Map

Say Chinatown and one of the first things that comes to mind is the chow.  It’s almost a sacrilege not to sample the food when one ventures to Binondo.  Little wonder that Manila’s foremost streetwalker, Ivan Man Dy, came up with the Binondo Food Wok Map.

He was getting too many texts and calls from people asking about the whereabouts of eating places in Manila Chinatown that he felt compelled to come up with something to help people find their way to the divine food offerings that await in the busy streets.

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Of Makimi and dimsums at Shin Din Kha

Shen Din Kha Makimi (P85 regular, P100 large)
Shin Din Kha Makimi (P85 regular, P100 large)

Sunday is a nice time to go to Manila’s Chinatown. It’s less crowded, there’s not much traffic, and most restaurants have room to spare. Some would argue it doesn’t really feel like being there in Binondo if it’s not crowded. But there are times when it would be nice to be able to sit down and grab a bite without wading through the crowds and waiting for a long time even for short order items on the menu. Your happyfoodies chanced upon this panciteria, Shin Din Kha, while on a food trip with friends about two weeks ago. We were full at that time so we had to bypass this small restaurant. But a recent Sunday lunch found us wandering here again, this time with hungry tummies.

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Savoring the flavors of Tasty Dumplings

Tasty Dumpling Noodle Soup
Tasty Dumpling Noodle Soup

Mention Binondo and one immediately conjures up images of crowded streets, Binondo church, Chinese herbal medicine stores, Eng Bee Tin hopia, and of course, the-hole-in-the-wall eateries. I used to live in Manila and Ongpin was a regular haunt but not anymore. Venturing to the Binondo Church one Sunday and the almost mandatory side trip to Eng Bee Tin, I chanced upon this seemingly small restaurant with the signage, “Tasty Dumplings”. And so started food trips to this eating place that yielded tasty surprises.

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