Dong Bei Dumplings is a small Binondo, Manila restaurant offering homemade Beijing-style dumplings at affordable prices. In fact, when we were there, the dumplings we ordered were freshly made for us at an adjoining table. You don’t get much fresher than that! Just keep in mind that this is a small, simple, unpretentious neighborhood eatery, but one which has received high praise on Trip Advisor and various foodie sites. It’s not the place to take your boss or girlfriend to impress them unless they share you passion for economical eateries.
Dong Bei first came to our attention on Ivan Man Dy’s “Big Bindondo Food Wok” map of Binondo. We never would have found it on our own. This map shows the restaurants, shops and cultural attractions of Binondo. For information on how to get a copy see http://manilastreetwalker.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/binondo-wok/#comments
Mr. Man Dy offers guided tours of Binondo. See http://www.oldmanilawalks.com/ He has been tireless in his efforts to explain and promote Binondo and the Chinese heritage of Manila.
On our first visit we arrived at Dong Bei late on a Sunday afternoon, not long before closing. This meant that most of the dumpling fillings (including shrimp and pork) were not available. The only filling available was green onion. So, while the food was good, it was limited. We went back again and had a much better selection of fillings.
We had the impression that Dong Bei’s main business is making dumplings for other sellers and that running a restaurant is something of a sideline.
Update: December 2012.
Dong Bei Dumpling Restaurant, 642 Yuchengo (Nueva) Street, Binondo, Manila.