Kung Hei Fat Choi! Wondering where to get moon cakes, tikoy, or those little chocolate coins for good luck in the year of the Metal Tiger? Here are some handy suggestions for family treats to welcome Chinese New Year:
Dec Food Plaza
Ortigas Avenue Greenhills, Metro Manila, Philippines +63 (2) 722 4669
Whether it’s for dried cuttlefish flakes, cereal drinks, Chinese dried candied fruit, almond cakes, frozen yoghurt bars from Hong Kong or dried beef jerky, Dec Foods has it. This little grocery chain carries goods you won’t find in just any supermarket. Stock up in style on your favorite Chinese goodies all year round.
Our “Big” Little Store
81st Street Corner Gilmore Avenue New Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines +63 (2) 723 6881
This is one of the best places to get your Chinese New Year dinner ingredients. You can get an assortment of preserved pork, beef and chicken delights, vacuum-sealed puddings, sausages, noodles, moon cakes, hams and Chinese seasonings. In addition, Our “Big” Little Store serves hot and tasty bean curd rolls, crab claw dumplings, meatballs and other savory items, Chinese comfort food—carinderia-style.
One of the oldest and most prolific Chinese deli franchises in Manila, Eng Bee Tin has branches in most major malls and thoroughfares. Among their delights are a wide selection of hopias (the two-tone varieties come in cheese and ube, macapuno and pastillas and others), flavored tikoy (strawberry, pandan, etc.) and crispy ampao (sticky-crunchy rice treats made with sesame seeds and/or peanuts). Plus, it’s a good excuse to get your family to explore Binondo!
You can find some of the tastiest take-home tikoys here stuffed in peanuts and bean paste or smothered in sesame seeds. Salazar Bakery also has various pastries, cakes and breads all ready for that lovely Chinese New Year’s dessert after a filling repast. Many of these treats are individually wrapped so they’re great for snacking on your trip around Ongpin.
Ho-Land Hopia and Bakery
555 Nueva St, Bgy 289, Zone 027 Binondo, Metro Manila
For that unadulterated, old-fashioned greasy hopia taste, one needn’t look further than Ho-Land Hopia. Freshly made, this classic treat is the favorite of old-time balikbayans who yearn for the nostalgia of simpler times. Check out their Chinese puto as well, which is for munching while watching a traditional Dragon Dance.
New Poland Bakers
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670 Mayon Street Retiro 1100 Quezon City Metro Manila +63(2) 731 9810
Craving for pork floss, crispy dumplings or flaky rolls? New Poland has a reasonable range of delectable eatables to choose from, all sealed up and ready to take anywhere. You can also get your treats on the go, steamed or fried while you wait.
Know any other places to go for Chinese deli to welcome the year of the Metal Tiger? Write your comments below!