Sep 20, 2013

Sincerely Yours @ Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant

Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant is one of Chinatown's best kept secret. The original branch, tucked in a small alley street in Binondo was hard to locate unless you decide to walk and ask for directions but this unassuming restaurant is really one of Chinatown's best kept secret in terms of great tasting food and good value for money. I remember having difficulty locating the original branch when I first heard of it 5 yrs ago but the effort paid off when I tasted their much talk about specialties.
Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant at Lucky Chinatown Mall

From a small mami house in Carvajal St, they've evolved and expanded to four branches and it's now the children of third generation handling and managing the family business. Dishes of Amoy origin or those that came from Xiamen part of China are what Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant specializes at. For easy access, they've opened a branch at Lucky Chinatown Mall at the ground floor with an entrance on the open grounds of the mall.
Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant at Lucky Chinatown Mall

They are best known for their Fried Chicken which in my opinion is the most tasty fried chicken I've had. The crispy breading is packed with flavors and the insides are juicy. I can't put my finger what sort of ingredients they use to achieve that kind of unique oriental flavor and there's no need for any gravy sauce or ketchup to release its flavor but for my own personal preference I always like it with hot sauce.
Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant
Sincerity Fried Chicken ( Half - 150 pesos/ Whole - 300 pesos)
A half-size order of fried chicken can serve 3 people. I also recommend that you try their other specialties. My other fave dishes here are as follows :
Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant at Lucky Chinatown Mall
Oyster Cake (small - 140 pesos, big -  200 pesos)
I love oyster and I would like to achieve the gooey texture of this oyster cake when I get to cook one. A small order of this can feed 4 people.

Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant at Lucky Chinatown Mall
Kikiam - 50 pesos/pc
I'm not really fond of Kikiam but there's really something special with Sincerity's Kikiam. They serve it with gravy and radish atchara and for just 50 pesos a piece, you'll get to taste what makes it special.
Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant at Lucky Chinatown Mall
Sincerity Fried Rice (small-50 pesos  /big - 80 pesos)
It's a must to have this fried rice to fully enjoy a meal. A big order can feed 2-3 people.
Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant at Lucky Chinatown Mall
Special Machang - 65 pesos / pc
Their Special Machang is already good but I heard the 8 treasures Machang is the best variety. I've not tried the 8 treasures yet since it's always not available when I dine here.

Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant at Lucky Chinatown Mall
Service Tea
Their service tea which you can consume to your heart's content at no cost is also a fave. I asked the waiters what kind of tea it was but they can't give me an answer. In my taste, it's not jasmine, not green tea or oolong tea. Maybe they want to keep it a secret. :)

The Lucky Chinatown branch gets packed during lunch and dinner so ready yourself for some long waiting time when you plan to eat there during these hours. The place can accommodate about 40 pax at a time. They have extra seats outside if you choose to eat alfresco.
Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant at Lucky Chinatown Mall

For the other branches you can visit  near you, check the photo below.
Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant
Branches of Sincerity Restaurant
Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant
Menu of Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant
The owners claimed they always cook and serve their meal to their customers with a sincere heart thus the name. Well, I totally agree, I'd say it's sincerely yours at Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant, my reason why I eat there once a week.

Check my Other Divisoria Posts :
1. Divisoria Mall Hopping 
2. Lucky Chinatown Mall
3. Divisoria Do's and Dont's
4. Divisoria Find The Items Here
5. Weekend Asian Street Food Market at Lucky Chinatown Mall

Sep 9, 2013

Weekend Asian Street Food Market at Lucky Chinatown Mall

I was heading out from the gym, famish after 1 hour of Zumba, 1 hour of Spinning  and 1 hour leg strengthening exercises when my eyes twinkled and my tummy rumbled when I spotted this Weekend Asian Food Market happening at the open grounds of Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Weekend Asia Street Food Market at Lucky Chinatown Mall

Who doesn't like Asian Street Food? I hurriedly checked out the vendor selections, about 15 of them more or less.
Weekend Asia Street Food Market at Lucky Chinatown Mall

There are street food from the Philippines, from China, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan. I'm hoping this weekend activity will grow and will include street food from Vietnam, Korea, Thailand and Malaysia.
Weekend Asia Street Food Market at Lucky Chinatown Mall

The space is a bit cramped. I guess they can improve the layout in the following weeks and provide more tables and chairs for those who want to sit down and enjoy their servings.
Weekend Asia Street Food Market at Lucky Chinatown Mall

I always checked those with long queues, there must be something special why people are lining up on these stalls. I was convinced to line up too and ordered Okoy from tasty Xiamen (the food offered by the Chinese guy from above photo), steamed dumplings freshly cooked from FU DAO SHUI JIAO and some Singaporean Taho (bean curd) for dessert. But since I can't find a seat, I ordered everything to go and hurriedly went home.
Weekend Asia Street Food Market at Lucky Chinatown Mall


Weekend Asia Street Food Market at Lucky Chinatown Mall

Good thing, I was pleased with the street food I bought. I never tasted an Okoy that good, the dumplings can be compared to Dong Bei's and the Singaporean Taho tasted really good, not the usual taste offered by "mamang magtataho" that usually roam our streets in the morning and afternoon. Of course that one is cheaper and this Singapore version is x3.

Taking food shots is no longer my main concern, the tummy can no longer afford any second of delay, hehe!

Anyway, if you happen to be in the Divisoria area, this food trip is worth considering. Go check out this Weekend Asian Street Food Market at Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Check my Other Divisoria Posts :
1. Divisoria Mall Hopping 
2. Lucky Chinatown Mall
3. Divisoria Do's and Dont's
4. Divisoria Find The Items Here

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