Call me clueless, but it was my first time to try Manila Chinatown’s famed estero cuisine during our food trip last Saturday and I absolutely loved it. Thanks to Eric for pointing out the nondescript row of eateries to me which is located along the river; hence the name estero or estuary, I suppose.
Seaside restos – where you buy the goodies fresh and have them cooked before your eyes- have mushroomed in Manila but the one in Ongpin estero remains. What I really dig about the place: it was dirt cheap!
Total food bill for our group of three amounted to only P345, or a little more than P100 per person. This includes the fish fillet with black beans, pork in salt & pepper, the mega fried rice and the soup, all of which was more than enough to fill us up,a s we were already full from tasting the dumplings on an earlier jaunt.
We savored the hototay soup. I’d like to call this as “the soup with a little bit of everything.” At the Ongpin estero, they cook it with bits of pork, liver, fish, shrimp, veggies and then topped with egg. Definitely good for the rainy days!