On the way to Chinatown

Connie Veneracion

Hello, my name is Connie Veneracion. I cook, I shoot, I write. But I don't do the laundry. I don't like housekeeping very much either... (more about me)

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  1. VieL says:

    Thanks for showing these pictures which brings lots of memories to me. One in particular is the Savory where my dad used to take our family and oh how I loved their pansit and fried chicken.

  2. bertN says:

    I have fond memories of Savory restaurant and its famous chicken. That’s one of the places I’d check out when I come home to visit. Btw, I never knew about Jones Chicken but I’ll check it out as well, if it is still around. Is it?

  3. Nice to see familiar sights, ‘no? I felt the same way yesterday. Before there was Makati, Ortigas and Greenhills, everyone went to Manila to dine out and go shopping.

  4. Ronnie Dulay says:

    Another popular place to eat Chinese food in the 60’s and 70’s was the To Ho Restaurant along T.Pinpin St. near the Escolta. My late dad used to bring us there when we were kids. While in college in the ’70s, I used to eat there with friends during special occasions. It’s probably not there anymore. However, a new generation To Ho Restaurant was resurrected along President’s Ave, BF Sucat operated by a grandson/relative (not really sure) of the original owners. They still serve the old favorites like HoToTay Soup, To Ho Beef, Green peas with Cashew nuts, Camaron Rebosado and Pata Tim.

  5. Jeng says:

    Nostalgia can bring back a lot of good memories. But sometimes the bad follows, depending on one’s past. Either way, it evokes some compelling emotion that reminds us of who we are today.

    Thanks, Connie. This installment is another indicator of how much we have in common with you beyond politics and dishes.

    By the way, your daughters are salbahe. Then again, I’ve a distinct suspicion that the fruits did not fall that far from the tree.

  6. I don’t hear the name mentioned these days. Not in connection with Chinatown, anyway.

  7. emyM says:

    OMG…Didn’t know Savory still exist.My parents fav resto when I was
    a kid.After my Mom’s shoe shopping at Syvels in Escolta then off we go
    to eat pancit and chicken at this place.Oh,those good ol’ days.

  8. “I’ve a distinct suspicion that the fruits did not fall that far from the tree.”

    Yah, they take after their father BWAHAHAHAHA

  9. VieL says:

    Does Syvels still exist? That’s where I shopped for shoes with my sisters.

  10. Ah, I don’t think so.

  11. Lois says:

    so where’s the chinese food? where did you eat? =D

  12. “Dong Bei for dumplings” in the entry is a link. :)

  13. No, it hasn’t been there in many years.

  14. geri says:

    What is it about Chinatowns that make it seem like an adventure no? I’ve always enjoyed going to Chinatown in Manila, the feeling is the same here in Chinatown Chicago. It is one of those times I wish I can read chinese. I remember applying for a job in Chinatown there, then another time meeting with a supplier among other visits. Food is always a common denominator, no visit is complete without eating there or buying baon – kahit hopia man lang =)

  15. Kahit hopia nga tastes more delicious when bought from Chinatown. haha Yah, I think it’s the association. The smells, the teeming streets, the small stores…

  16. Crisma says:

    That is called as the total sensory experience, Connie! The sights, the aroma, the sounds, the feeling and of course, the tastes!!! You really know it’s for real!!! ;)

  17. frenchy says:

    Oh, memories.. this post makes me feel nostalgic.

  18. “Amoy intsik” is how Sam puts it. :)

  19. Exactly how I feel every time I go to Chinatown. Our grandfather brought us there… our parents brought us there…

  20. Evelyn says:

    AlphaKennyBody – naughty…heehee

  21. frenchy says:

    Baka nga nagkikta at nagkakabungguan na pala tayo sa Chinatown nung mga bata pa tayo. I was born in Malate area and grew up there. My grandfather’s house used to be in the place where Emilio Aguinaldo College is now. Kaya nakaka miss…

  22. LOL possible. Our pedia’s clinic was in Malate and, after every visit, it was straight to Chinatown hehehe

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