Quiapo Manila; Where to foodtrip in 2023?


As I walked through the winding streets of Quiapo, I couldn’t help but be captivated by its timeless beauty. The old buildings, with their intricate designs and weathered appearance, seemed to transport me to another time. Each corner I turned revealed a delightful surprise. A charming café wafting the aroma of freshly brewed coffee or a skilled street vendor crafting exquisite traditional crafts. Quiapo was a treasure trove of hidden gems. Waiting to be discovered at every step. I also felt excited by the bustling markets and energetic street vendors. The air was filled with the enticing scent of local delicacies as I wandered through Quiapo. The stalls showcased a vibrant array of freshly caught seafood and vibrant fruits. Giving me a taste of the essence of Filipino cuisine. Unable to resist, I treated myself to mouthwatering street food, savoring the distinct flavors that were unique to Quiapo.

Sotanghon Soup

Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Aling Rosa’s Pancitan. A small eatery located in FR Hildago Street, Quiapo Market, Manila. This unassuming place is known for serving one of the best Sotanghon soups in the city, and I was eager to taste it for myself. It was just one of the bigger stalls under a huge umbrella in the area. You wouldn’t even notice if not for the huge volume of people lining up to get a taste of the Sotanghon. I quickly found a seat and eagerly scanned the menu. It didn’t take long for me to spot the star of the show. I had heard so much about it, and my expectations were high. I placed my order and patiently waited for the dish to arrive. The generous portion of noodles was swimming in a rich, savory broth that was fragrant with hints of chicken and pork.

The soup was loaded with an assortment of fresh vegetables. Including carrots, cabbage, and celery, which added a delightful crunch and freshness to each bite. What struck me most about Aling Rosa’s Pancitan was not only the quality of the food but also the affordable prices. The Sotanghon soup ranged from Php 50 ($0.89) to Php 80 ($1.43). Making it an excellent choice for those on a budget without compromising on taste and portion size. It was a true testament to Aling Rosa’s commitment to providing delicious and satisfying meals. The eatery’s operating hours from 8 AM to 8 PM, rain or shine, showcased Aling Rosa’s dedication to her craft. It was evident that her passion for cooking and serving her customers extended beyond the confines of the kitchen. The friendly staff members ensured that everyone felt welcome that added to the overall dining experience.

Kim Chong Tin

Our destination? The iconic Kim Chong Tin Hopia Factory, a historic bakery that has been enchanting locals and visitors alike since the 1920s with its delectable handmade hopia. As I walked through the bustling streets of Quiapo, some locals told me to try the oldest hopia factory here. The friendly staff greeted me with smiles as I eagerly scanned the shelves, showcasing an array of hopia flavors. Mung bean, mango, and pork were among the tempting options, each promising a unique and delightful experience. Unable to resist, I decided to sample a variety of flavors to truly appreciate the artistry that goes into creating these handmade delights. With the first bite, I knew I had discovered something extraordinary. The flaky crust of the hopia crumbled gently, revealing the treasure within. The mung bean filling was sweet and velvety, a perfect balance of flavors that danced on my palate.

Kim Chong Tin Hopia Factory remains its unwavering commitment to tradition. While modern techniques and shortcuts abound, this bakery steadfastly adheres to the time-honored methods of its predecessors. The use of traditional brick ovens and charcoal infuses the hopia with a distinct smoky essence and ensures even baking, resulting in a consistency and flavor that have stood the test of time. If you’re planning a visit to Kim Chong Tin Hopia Factory, make sure to note their operating hours. The bakery welcomes customers from 8 AM to 5 PM daily, giving you ample opportunity to indulge in their scrumptious offerings.

Eddie Wow Lugaw

Approaching the stall, I was greeted by the sight of Mang Eddie—a friendly and enthusiastic vendor with a wealth of culinary expertise. His dedication to crafting the perfect bowl of lugaw was evident as he tended to the simmering pots, carefully infusing them with the rich flavors that make Eddie Wow Lugaw truly exceptional. Mang Eddie specializes in a Filipino comfort dish that warms the soul—lugaw. This beloved rice porridge is a popular choice among locals, offering a comforting blend of flavors and textures. It has its authentic take on this classic dish, prepared with love and passion. As I savored the flavors of Eddie Wow Lugaw, I must admit that while the taste was undeniably delicious. However, it wasn’t my cup of tea. You see, as I glanced at the simmering pots, I couldn’t help but feel a tad overwhelmed by the sight of innards being cooked.

Now, don’t get me wrong—I do appreciate a good bowl of lugaw with its traditional ingredients. However, Eddie Wow Lugaw’s generous servings, designed to satisfy 2-3 people, proved to be a bit too much for my personal preference. For those with heartier appetites or sharing the meal with friends and family, these ample servings are a boon. You’ll find yourself immersed in a hearty feast, enjoying every spoonful of this satisfying dish. But for someone like me, who prefers more moderate portions, it was a challenge to finish the entire serving on my own. I had to take some home for later. It’s an ideal option for those seeking a filling and value-packed meal that will keep you fueled throughout the day. They are open from 11 AM – 7 PM or until servings last, daily.


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