Estero: Why Many Are Flocking To This Binondo Hidden Gem

There’s something for everyone in this makeshift alleyway!

When people talk about fast food, certain name brand chains come to mind. There’s more to it than that though. Take, for example, Estero Fast Food found in Binondo, Manila.

For starters, it’s quite literally hidden in a makeshift alleyway tucked on the side of some buildings. It’s an open-air, open seating area with plastic tables and chairs—incredibly simple, akin to the carinderia, not what most people would initially think of regarding “fast food” for sure.

However, the smells alone from the stalls are an invitation to go beyond initial visual impressions! On a random weekday, my partner and I decided to check it out.

MDM Food House

There are a number of options to choose from within Estero. You can get classic Chinese dishes all the way up to the likes of frog legs!

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It wasn’t packed, thankfully, because we went after typical lunch rush hours. While the initial plan was to try LGA Fast Food, one of the oldest and original stalls at Estero, we picked something else. MDM Food House wasn’t as populated and it was in a more open part of Estero. So we made ourselves comfortable and settled in for a late lunch.

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MDM Food House’s menu is quite extensive, broken down into sections. You can choose from a variety of seafood, chicken, pork, beef, noodles, and more! We ordered mapo tofu, sweet and sour pork, butter garlic shrimp, and yang chow fried rice, among others. Unfortunately, there was no frog available.

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Everything was delicious, especially the mapo tofu! Chinese food is something we bond over often; my partner and I both agreed that Estero is definitely in our top choices locally!

Whether you’re going for a date, to bond with a friend or spend time with family over a meal, Estero Fast Food is an excellent choice!

Estero Fast Food is located along Ongpin St., Binondo, Manila. MDM Food House is available for delivery via Grab and Foodpanda; you can check their official Facebook account for more details.

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