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Escolta Walk + Ongpin Date at Salido Restaurant

January 20, 2015

Isn’t it funny how we became tourists in our own country or city? It reminds me of my friends who live in New York but have not visited the Statue of Liberty yet. We take for granted the places and tourist spots that are accessible to us because we thought that these places would always be there.

Take my case who lives in Manila but rarely visit Binondo or Divisoria (because of mad traffic!). Earlier, we went to Escolta to do business. After the deal, we walked around the streets of Ongpin and Escolta – and it was only this time I got to appreciate its beauty through the busy streets and silent buildings.

Some snapshots 

Oh, look up.
  My mom said this is where we watched Maging Sino Ka Man movie. 
Haha. So 90’s!
It is always fun to visit the Chinatown. There are fun displays in gold and red, interesting charms and inviting aroma of different food. It reminds me that the Chinese New Year is coming soon. I know mad sales would be everywhere but traffic can be crazy. For those who want to start their Chinese New Year shopping this early, you can check out ZALORA’s Chinese New Year Sale for affordable fashion by clicking on this link. I was multi-tasking and browsing while blogging (I thought I would share).
We had late lunch at SaLido Restaurant in Ongpin Street. The place is undergoing renovation, but we noticed that the place is packed with Chinese diners. 
Chicken Noodles
My mom find it a bit bland, but it was perfect for me. 
Beef  Tenderloin with Bell Peppers
We originally wanted to order the Asado (SaLido’s bestseller), but it was unavailable. This dish is perfectly sauteed with generous strips of green and red bell peppers. 
Chopseuy Guisado
I love Salido’s Chopseuy because it is good mix of vegetables with a balance of texture and color – including black for mushrooms.
 Spareribs with Black Pepper 
Unlike yesterday’s spareribs from Tuan Tuan, SaLido’s spareribs did not disappoint. It is best dunk in chili sauce!
Best serving for sudden craving 🙂 
We only ordered total of 6 dishes (including the fried rice) and thought of just re-ordering but the servings are big and good for 4 pax. The waiter said that the small sizes are good for 2 to 3 pax (dishes come in 3 serving sizes – S, M, L). Believe it or not, we even took home some left-overs. 
Total damage is Php 1,200 (for 3 pax). 
My mom was pleasantly surprised at how affordable the meal was! 
Next visit, I would try the siphon coffee. I never realized I stepped foot in a restaurant which was popular for its siphon method of brewing coffee. SaLido was actually opened in 1945!
That’s it for my food trip story today. 
 ’til my next adventure! 🙂 
What are your favorite Binondo/Ongpin restaurants?

The Original Salido Restaurant 
839 Ongpin St. Sta Cruz Manila

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