by Roy Cagalingan
Enter The Big Binondo Food Wok by Old Manila Tours. The food walk tour is basically a roving palate-pleasing exercise. Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila Tours leads a flock of people to taste the various culinary wonders of Binondo and explore the impact and heritage of the Chinese on Philippine culture.
Brandishing a mobile speaker and microphone, Ivan began the tour with infectious energy as he led a contingent of medical pharmacists to Binondo, the Philippines’ Chinatown and one of the oldest Chinatowns outside mainland China.
Together with Mango Tours and covered by ABS-CBN’s Balitang America with host Gretchen Malalad, the group made its first stop at a known restaurant to sample its authentic lumpia. The lumpia, had a fresh bite to it due to the fresh vegetables and was accentuated further by the spicy sauce that is poured over it. It was a good way to kick off the tour. The Great Binondo Food Wok was an interesting history lesson and palate pleaser, carefully wrapped like the lumpia with all the necessary ingredients to entice the minds and taste buds of everyone.