Philadelphia Food Guide: Cheap Eats

Hello, dolls! Hello, rainy summer! We are halfway through July and I am trying to make the most out of my glorified summer at home with the kids. My maternity leave is making me want to have every summer off, especially now that Little A is going to start school in September! Making the most out of our free time together is an understatement. Between little adventures on weekends with my tribe and planned getaways with friends, there is no doubt summer 2019 is officially one of the best summer breaks ever for me.

One of my favorite out of town trips with my A boys was our anniversary celebration in Philadelphia. My first trip to Philly was in 2013  during winter so I wanted to experience it again with better weather for walking around! We love the city so much because of the restaurants in Chinatown. Since we had more time to visit a couple of restaurants that weekend, we decided to try something new.



Reading Terminal Market

Whenever we travel I look forward to going to food halls/markets like Reading Terminal Market. I feel like it’s one of the best ways to feel like a local. Also, who doesn’t want to be surrounded by so much food? It’s a great excuse to pig out! 😛



There are 76 vendors in the market, which made it difficult for me to pick which stalls to try! I wanted to order from all of them but I kept on telling myself, I just have to go back someday.



The market was packed when we got there! We brought Little A’s stroller and honestly it wasn’t easy to go around with it. So if you are a parent like me, using a baby carrier would be much better.

I was recovering from a bad cold and sore throat when we went to Philadelphia so my body was craving for comfort food. I knew Cajun food would be perfect! The spiciness of the gumbo and jambalaya definitely hit the spot!


A looked forward to getting a roast pork sandwich from DiNic’s. He went to Reading Terminal Market with his family before and got a sandwich from DiNic’s and they all loved it! We can’t wait to go back with Little A again to make him try it. I am sure he is going to love it because he is my sandwich loving boy! 😛



Nothing like freshly brewed iced tea to keep us refreshed. Tea Leaf sells authentic Chinese tea to take home too. A tried the black currant iced tea.



The weather today reminds of our trip to Philly. It was raining and all I wanted to do was eat with my little boy! 😛


Ting Wong

Our ultimate favorite Chinese restaurant in Philadelphia. Our first time in Ting Wong was in 2013 and A and I could not stop raving about it. Thanks to my grade school math teacher Ms. Angel for taking us here! Otherwise, we would have not known about it.


There’s always a wait whenever we go to Ting Wong, especially on weekends! Since it will take us at least an hour to get home, A and I decided to just order our food to go — the wait was not so bad truthfully. I think it took them more or less 20 minutes to pack everything for us.

We brought home our ultimate favorites from the menu (honestly you can never go wrong with anything at Ting wong!). Roast pork, wonton noodle soup, congee, soy chicken, and PEKING DUCK!! YUM!!


I always get a drink from Tea-do after eating at Ting Wong. Their milk tea makes me feel like I am in Asia! They also serve snacks that I have yet to try.


My A boys outside Schlesinger’s.


A introduced me to Jewish delis. I am not the kind of person who looks forward to eating a sandwich, but since A knows what to get whenever we go to a sammy shop, I have learned to like it. Surprisingly, I even crave a good Italian cold cut sub once in a while!



A and I love to try delis in different cities. One of the highly-rated Jewish delis in Philadelphia is Schlesinger’s. They have been open for nearly a century so we knew it was going to be amazing!


One of the reasons why I love Jewish delis!! All the “fixins”!


Delicious chocolate egg cream.


Spencer’s Chicken Noodle

We ordered Little A a cup of soup. The broth was very flavorful and I like how the cup was not filled with a lot of ingredients.


Sliced Tongue and Chopped Liver Sandwich

A is very adventurous when it comes to food. I can’t even tell you how many times we’ve had tongue for dinner. He is the happiest when he gets to eat sandwiches like this.


Braised Brisket with Potato Pancakes

The braised brisket was very tender and the gravy was to die for!! The potato pancakes were the perfect side dish for this. YUM!


The dessert case had me drooling! All the pastries are good for sharing which is awesome because I was able to convince A to try them with me 😛


The chocolate cake was ginormous!! 4-5 people could honestly split a slice.

Our favorite third wheel! <3


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R <3

6 thoughts on “Philadelphia Food Guide: Cheap Eats

  1. I love this…I have been to Philadelphia many times…and I agree, best china town! I love your recommendations…thanks for sharing!

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