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Where To Get The Best Chinese Food According To Chinoys

Every now and then—especially around Chinese New Year—we all get a craving for Chinese food. When the craving hits, you’ll want to know where to go. Of course, Binondo is always reliable when it comes to this. But after you’ve exhausted its holes-in-the-wall and side-street stalls, where else can you go? For answers, we turned to our Filipino-Chinese friends. After all, who better than them to tell us where to get the best Chinese food?

Here are seven of their top picks beyond Binondo:

1Peking Garden

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Apparently, if you’re looking for the best Peking duck in town, this is where you should go, according to our Chinoy friends. Their duck has a reputation for being crispy on the outside, delectably juicy on the inside, and sliced to perfect evenness. Apart from the duck, Peking Garden also serves up a sumptuous traditional lauriat, for those who really want to eat like an emperor.

Peking Garden
4/L Greenbelt 5 Phase 2, Ayala Center, Makati City
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
+63 2 729 0567
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Ma Mon Luk – Quezon City

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Word on the street is that this is the restaurant where mami was invented. While the truth of this is yet to be determined, one thing’s for sure: their special mami lives up to its name. A steaming bowl of this Chinese-inspired chicken noodle soup feels like pure comfort. And as one of the oldest restaurants in the metro, you can count on your meal being historical as well. Just think: The angkongs and amas of generations past tasted the same flavors!

Ma Mon Luk
412 Quezon Avenue, Tatalon, Quezon City
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

2Lutong Macau

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A true test for no-carb dieters, they say Lutong Macau serves up the best Yang Chow fried rice in the city. Apart from that, their sweet and sour pork and lechon Macau have earned a dedicated following. That’s why it comes highly recommended by a lot of Chinoys whenever they’re asked where to get the best Chinese food.

Lutong Macau
116 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City
Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

3Shang Palace

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When it comes to Chinese food, you can’t get more posh than Shang Palace, Makati Shangri-la’s in-house Chinese restaurant. This restaurant takes traditional Chinese food and adds a modern spin, with dishes like Angus beef with black bean sauce, and deep-fried soft-shell crab. Their mooncake is also quite special. Aside from that, its swanky interiors will make you feel positively imperial.

Shang Palace
Makati Shangri-la, Ayala cor. Makati Ave., San Lorenzo, Makati City
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
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4Choi Garden

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If you don’t know where to get the best Chinese food in the San Juan area, here’s one option. Chinoys frequent this place because of its authentic flavors, and especially for their roast duck. At the same time, it’s also a place where you can find more exotic Chinese fare, such as fried pigeon and abalone.

Choi Garden
12 Annapolis cor. Purdue St., Greenhills, San Juan

Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
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5Le Ching Tea House

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When you hear about this restaurant, you only have to know two words: spareribs rice. Another iconic restaurant in the Greenhills area, Le Ching has built a solid reputation on this wonderful spareribs dish alone. Of course, if you’re already dining there, you might as well explore the other items on their menu. We hear their fried tofu, chicken feet, and dim sum are also worth a try.

Le Ching Tea House
Shoppesville, Greenhills Shopping Centre, Greenhills, San Juan
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, and 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays to Sundays
More locations around Metro Manila
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6Mien San Noodle House

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A favorite among the Filipino-Chinese community, this might just be where to get the best Chinese food, particularly if you’re craving for noodles. Their Beef Tendon Noodle Soup comes highly recommended, as does the Fish with Black Beans and Spicy Wanton.

Mien San Noodle House
42 Granada St., Valencia, Quezon City
Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays.

Unit C Fox Square Building, 53 Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan City
Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

When it comes to the question of where to get the best Chinese food, our Chinoy friends certainly didn’t hold back on recommendations. Now, with so many dishes and restaurants to try all over the city, it’ll feel like Chinese New Year all year round. Put these restaurants on your food trip bucket list, and no matter what your Chinese zodiac sign is, here’s one forecast we can guarantee this year: happy tummies!

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