Manila Chinatown Dimsum Experience

Manila, Philippines

Experience hosted by Jian Joseph

  1. 3 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Dimsum can be translated to mean snack. In this experience we will be trying out iconic dimsum as well as some other snacks beloved by the locals.

We'll meet up at the Binondo Church and learn a brief history of the area. Then make our way towards our first stop where we'll be sampling some baked savory filled pastries reminiscent of an empanada.

We then make our way to a hole-in-the-wall dumpling place and try out some fresh hand made dumplings.

Next, we walk along the main street of Chinatown as we take in the different sights and sounds before making our way to our next stop and try some fluffy meat buns stuffed with sweet and savory pork.

Soon after, we'll squeeze our way through the long lines and try out some dimsum classics such as Crystal Shrimp Dumplings and Bearcurd Rolls washed down with iced milk tea.

We'll continue our walk deeper into Chinatown and try a different kind of bun, filled with a meatball.

Then top off our experience with sweet treats from 2 different bakeries.
Other things to note
Dress light and casual to battle heat/humidity. But keep it modest.
Travel towards the meet up point early.
Let me know your food restrictions.
Not a suitable activity for Vegans or Vegetarians.
Dimsum can be translated to mean snack. In this experience we will be trying out iconic dimsum as well as some other snacks beloved by the locals.

We'll meet up at the Binondo Church and learn a brief history of the area. Then make our way towards our first stop where we'll be sampling some baked savory filled pastries reminiscent of an empanada.

We then make our way to a hole-in-the-wall dumpling place and try out some fres…

What's included

  • Food
    8 different food items ranging from sweet, savory and everything in between...
  • Drinks
    Various drinks as we go through the experience.

Meet your Host, Jian Joseph

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 7 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hello!

My name is Jian. I'm the senior storyteller at Explore Manila Tours.

Because I am passionate and proud of my Filipino heritage I love creating authentic experiences for visitors who want to explore Manila with me.

As co-founder of this Manila-based tour and events company, I am focused on curating activities that are warm, authentic and meaningful.

My mission is to change the "Don't go to Manila. Go to the Beaches" mindset.

Sure, Philippine beaches are fantastic. But Manila is a terrific urban destination bursting with food, culture and history.

Join me and we'll take a dive deep into the heart and soul of Manila, Pearl of the Orient.

For more Experiences, check out: https://tinyurl.com/ExploreManilaTours

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Hello!

My name is Jian. I'm the senior storyteller at Explore Manila Tours.

Because I am passionate and proud of my Filipino heritage I love creating authentic experiences for visitors who want to explore Manila with me.

As co-founder of this Manila-based tour and events company, I am focused on curating activities that are warm, authentic and meaningful.

My mission is to change the "Don't go to Manila. Go to the Beaches" mindset.

Sure, Ph…
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Where you'll be

For those who love food, this experience will be right up your alley!

We will be visiting what CNN Travel has called the oldest Chinatown in the world, Manila City's Binondo Chinatown.

Here, we will be exploring the side streets and alleyways to find hidden gems and hole-in-the-wall restaurants and beloved local food.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

Julie
January 2020
My family and I had a wonderful time! Jian is a very knowledgeable and professional person. We can't wait to book another tour with him!
Nelia
January 2020
Meaningful experience for my husband who had not been back to the Philippines in 40 years. JIan is so personable and so knowledgeable about the area - finding some of these restaurants would have been difficult for any non-local to find.
Karla
October 2019
Very fun tour that was personalized to our interests. Jian took around Chinatown, allowing us to try dishes we would have never tried ourselves. He offered stories and background about the food, culture and restaurants we visited for a very local experience. The tour ended with a stop at a souvenir store (our request) and Jian went above and beyond when he stayed with us to ensure we didn't get "tourist prices." Would highly recommend!
Jonathan
October 2019
Jian was a great guide who was very knowledgable about the area and food. We booked it last minute and ended up being the only people on the tour, which was a nice surprise. The food was great and it was helpful to have someone show us around the area since the Chinatown in Manila is very hectic.
Yolanda
August 2019
Great experience! Our guide Jian was great - he was extremely knowledgeable when it comes to street food in Binondo. Two thumbs up!
Julia
June 2019
This is a food tour you need to come hungry for because it is jam packed with so many authentic China town tastings. We tasted lumpia, buns, dumplings, sweets, and even some more obscure iconic foods that you ought to take the tour to discover yourself. Our tour guide brought us in on the history of China town as we walked through the streets and he defined the foods to make it very easy for us to understand. This was a very upbeat and cultural tour and we left full and more educated. If you need a China town guide this tour is for you!!

Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 5 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Come Hungry
Curious and Open Mind
Hand Sanitizer
Handkerchief / Small Hand Towel

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.