iReport: My favorite Chinatown is in...

iReport: My favorite Chinatown is in...

iReporters detail where to eat and what to see in their favorite Chinese neighborhoods

iReporters from around the world listed their favorite Chinatowns for the recent iReport assignment "My favorite Chinatowns." 

Here are their recommendations.

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo DomingoSanto Domingo Chinatown. Misael Rincon, who lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, recommends the restaurant "Susana."

According to Misael, Susana is also the name of the owner, and the food in the restaurant is really good. His son loves the restaurant so much that he'd like to eat there every day. 

Misael also says the Chinese people in his community are known for being serious, hard-working and gentle.

Bangkok

BangkokMarie Sager loves the unusual varieties of foods and flowers Chinatown in Bangkok offers.

iReporter Marie Sager has been visiting Chinatowns in the United States since she was a small girl, but the one in Bangkok is her favorite.

"I've always enjoyed my time exploring and learning more about this beautiful culture," says Marie.

"My first Chinatown experience was in San Francisco and I still have pleasant memories.  Of course, Chinatowns here in the United States -- Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Boston -- are just as interesting.  

But I found Chinatown in Bangkok to be my favorite experience. It is interesting that Yaowarat Road, where Chinatown is centered, was founded the same time as the city itself in 1782. 

I stayed in Bangkok for four months to learn about Thailand's culture, to take a Thai cooking class and I enrolled in a reflexology class. 

The most memorable thing was the flower district. There are so many unusual varieties. I could have stayed all day. 

No matter where you turn there is good food. Eating chestnuts roasting on open fires on the street mesmerized me.  One day is not enough in Chinatown -- so many alleys, new foods to taste and Chinese medicinal remedies to explore. I have to return."

Yokohama, Japan

YokohamaThe Chinese shrine at Yokohama Kanteibyo (Guan-gong temple) was built in 1862.

iReporter Keiko Kobayashi doesn't go to Chinatown very often. When she does, she goes to the one near her office in Yokohama, Japan.

"I usually go for a meal in a Chinese restaurant," Keiko writes.

"Yokohama Chinatown is a tourist attraction, a fusion of Japanese and Chinese culture.  

The best thing about Chinatown is the delicious Chinese food! I recommend the Yokohama Daihanten ( site in Japanese only).

It is an all-you-can-eat restaurant. You can enjoy the real Chinese dishes from Guangdong, Sichuan, Beijing and Shanghai by excellent Chinese chefs. The price is reasonable, the food is of high quality and time is unlimited."

154 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Open daily 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. (last admission at 8:10 p.m.), +81 045 641 0001, www.yokohamadaihanten.com

Manila, Philippines

A baroque church decorated with Chinese lanterns: the rich, mixed culture in Manila's Chinatown.
Michael Juadiong recommends the world's oldest Chinatown, Binondo, in Manila.  

From Michael:

Established in 1594, Binondo is a cannon-throw away from the fortified city of Intramuros, so the Spanish government at that period could easily suppress any rebellion from the Chinese traders and laborers. 

This was the permanent settlement of the early Chinese immigrants who have converted to Christianity, resulting in a mix of cultures in the community nowadays.

Manila Chinatown is like a food tripper's heaven -- try the xiaolongbao, Peking duck, goose, egg tarts, dumplings and hopia (yam). Take a walk from the Santa Cruz Church to the end of Ongpin Street up to Binondo Church on the other end. Food stalls and restaurants are along this street.

Another thing about this Chinatown is its rich history of Spanish and Chinese influences. 

Aside from the traditional welcome arch, the entrance to this Chinatown is adorned by the Baroque-style Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, built in 1852. 

On Ongpin Street, there is also a shrine by the wall that houses a large cross, decorated with flowers and burning incense sticks. At the other end of the district are the Santa Cruz Church, which dates as far back as 1608, and the Carriedo fountain, built in 1882. 

The best time to visit is during Lunar New Year, when dragon dancers abound and fireworks are everywhere."

Singapore

 SingaporeChinese offerings to gods and ancestors. For 55-year-old Angeline Hwang, Singapore’s Chinatown is more than dragons, red lanterns and Chinese restaurants. Her grandfather was one of the immigrants who came to settle in the district almost a century ago.

“Chinatown is therefore especially meaningful for me. It is about the real life of the Chinese people in Singapore," she says.

"My grandfather was six when he hid in a Chinese junk as a stowaway in search of his elder brother who had settled in Singapore. They had seen, in horror, their mother buried alive during the persecution years and hope for their future was dim.

"After arriving in Singapore, he founded one of the biggest shoe stores in Singapore after spending much of his childhood working by the roadside of Chinatown, helping his elder brother to mend shoes and doing odd jobs.

"My favorite restaurant in Singapore is Spring Court on Upper Cross Street -- my family goes there for dinner for its great food and competitive prices; a free valet service certainly helps as parking can be quite a problem there. It is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Singapore.

"I also like the Red Star restaurant on Chin Swee road; a nostalgic restaurant, still adorning its former glory -- the furniture and furnishings are probably older than I am! It serves good food at down-to-earth prices. Dim sum is still served on trolley-carts."

Spring Court, 52-56 Upper Cross St., Singapore 058348, open daily 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 6-10:30 p.m. (last orders at 2:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.), +65 6449 5030, www.springcourt.com.sg

Red Star, 54 Chin Swee Road, Singapore 160054, Open daily 7 a.m.- 3 p.m., 6-11 p.m., +65 6532 5266

 

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