I’ve been reading about Dong Bei dumplings from various bloggers since last year but every time we go to Binondo, we always ended up eating at President’s Tea House. The reason is we can’t find Dong Bei’s location from our few attempts, good thing the foodie-in-me kept on insisting to search for one of Binondo’s best kept secrets.
Dong Bei is located at 642 Yuchengco St., from Binondo Church, walk down Ongpin St. and turn left at Yuchengco St. Dong Bei is next to a dress shop and it’s nearing the dead end of the street. Although the restaurant’s facade seems uninviting and unappetizing for a Chinese restaurant for that matter, based on the raves I read, it must be worth it.
The restaurant has only 5 or 6 tables and one table is used for making their dumplings, yes, dumplings are made fresh starting from the dough and the filling. We ordered the Dumpling Noodle Soup which has 14 pcs. of kutchay dumplings (dumplings with chives) and fresh “handiwork” noodles and 2 cans of soda.
The soup tastes a bit bland and I really can’t tell if the soup has chicken, beef or pork flavoring. But the noodles is really soft, you can really tell its freshness. Same goes for the kutchay dumplings, the chives added flavor and texture to the dumpling. I like this better than their pork dumplings. The simplicity of the dish makes this as a comfort food of some sort. You can also dip the dumplings in their special dipping sauce made of soy sauce, vinegar and garlic slightly diluted with water.
Out of curiosity, we ordered some pancakes for take out because this is what their Chinese customers eat when we’re there. It’s like their own version of our lumpiang ubod, Dong Bei’s version is flat and round resembling a pancake. The dipping sauce for the dumplings is also used for this. And of course, because Dong Bei dumplings is so good, we have to take some of them to eat at home.