Monday, January 30, 2012

New ToHo Food Center

Members of our clan are creatures of habit.  I believe it's something that each and everyone of us finds comforting from time to time.  You'll even find that our favorite places to munch in have been favored restaurants of generations past.

One of those places is New ToHo Food Center in Binondo, Manila.

New ToHo Food Center

Originally started by a group of 5 Chinese immigrants, New ToHo Food Center serves comfort Chinese food.  If Susan Calo Medina of Travel Time is to believed, Jose Rizal even dined here while he was still studying in Intramuros.

Now handled by the children and grandchildren of one of the original 5 owners (the others have since returned to China, as I have been told), New ToHo Food Center has seen better days.  Needless to say this place is not for the squirmish. 

Cracked floor tiles, poor ventilation and dirty "comfort" rooms reminiscent of the days of a young Manilyn Reynes in her Shake, Rattle and Roll movies (I used to hate going to their restrooms alone.  They were simply of no comfort at all, pun intended) are enough to make you do an about face.

Worn out chairs and tables have definitely seen better days

 But the saving grace of this rundown establishment is the food.  Forget the ambiance.  The eats here take center stage.

Halo (Php120 for a small platter and Php360 for a larger one)

Halo is the Tagalog word for mix.  As the name implies, this dish is a mixture of roasted pork asado, dila (ox tongue) and bituka (pork intestine) pieces.  Technically considered as an appetizer; but we order this as one of the main dishes too.


 Also comes with this sweet and tangy sauce.  Yum!

Halo sauce

ToHo Chicken (Php200 for half and Php400 for a whole bird)

The ToHo Chicken is one of their specialties.  Fried chicken drenched in their special sauce topped with a generous helping of sauteed pechay and carrots.

ToHo Chicken

No other sauce or condiment needed.

Pata Tim (Php540)

Ever wondered where my inkling for Pata Tim came from?  Well, it all started with New ToHo's version.

Pata Tim

Stewed pork knuckles in soy sauce and all those other good stuff.  Unlike other versions I've tried, New ToHo's isn't all that sweet and is generously heaped with veggies.

Pancit Canton (Php110 for a small platter and Php300 for a larger size)

New ToHo is also the reason why I love a wet, sauce-filled Pancit Canton.  Dry ones sometimes just doesn't do it for me.

Pancit Canton
 Yang Chow Fried Rice (Php135 for a small platter and Php405 for a large one)

The perfect cup of rice to accompany all these food.  Drooling just thinking about it.

Yang Chow fried rice

New ToHo Food Cener: Great food minus the ambiance.  Hehehe!  J


New ToHo Food Center
422 T. Pinpin St.
Binondo, Manila
T     (+63 2) 242 0294


  1. i haven't tried any resto in binondo. =( i like the name of the dish, "Halo".

  2. hmmmm.... always love chinese restos.... if you happen to pass alabang muntinlupa try Ho chai lai... try their ho shin chicken.

  3. OK, this is just located along Tomas Pin Pin Street. I am interested to go here. The food looks delicious. My only hope that the kitchen is clean and the food is prepared using clean utensils and hands. ^_^

  4. I suppose it's okay here as long as you don't fall out from the rickety chairs or the table doesn't tumble over hahaha! The food does look tasty :-)

  5. This makes me miss my Binondo food trip days :(

  6. well i guess they didn't bother upgrading the look because it's the food that makes people coming back :)

  7. chinese restos(the old ones) are usually not associated with cleanliness hahaha... but yeah, the food is great! we love going to golden fortune in binondo:-)

  8. Been here once kasama sister ko. takeout lang kasi nga yung place. Pero sarap ng food!

  9. Wow, I'd like to try this the next time we go on a food trip in Binondo :) Thanks for sharing!

  10. @Ishmael Fischer Ahab: I guess it is. We haven't experienced tummy aches so far. Although we don't drink the service water they offer. Hehehe! =)

    @Aileen: I haven't heard of any such mishaps yet. Hehehe! =)

    @Aileen: I'm a little scared of going around Binondo. But I do would want to go around there though. =)

    @Hazel: Might be the reason. =)

    @Mrs.A: It's an interesting place to visit although I'd still have to go around each nook and cranny though. =) Haven't tried Golden Fortune. Will try that out next time. =)

    @Nuna: The place does need a facelift but the food really is great. =)

    @The Sunset Goddess: You're welcome. =)

  11. Meron din kaming kinakainan sa binondo nalimutan ko name nung restaurant. Dirty- dirtihan din ang drama pero masarap ang food! lol!

  12. @anney: Hahaha! Seems like there's a lot of those anywhere you go. =)

  13. Hmm.. It seems that this restaurant is summoning me..


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