Celebrating the Chinese New Year is an annual celebration not only in China but mostly to several parts of the world especially to our Chinoy Kababayans. It is also known as the Spring Festival, in China that starts on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. The festival lasts for about 23 days, ending on the 15th day of the first lunar month in the following year in the Chinese calendar.
Eng Bee Tin is one of the store in Chinatown, located at the heart of Binondo, Manila who used to celebrate this annual celebration together with the traditional Dragon And Lion Dance . It is a traditional dance form in Chinese culture. The dragon represents wisdom, power and wealth. Like the lion dance it is most often seen in festive celebrations. It is believed that performing the dragon dance scares away evil spirits and all the bad luck associated with them, and brings in good luck and wealth instead. This is why the dragon dance is very popular during Chinese New year as well as during other auspicious occasions such as weddings and other festivities.
The dragon dance is a highlight of Chinese New Year celebrations held worldwide in Chinatowns around the world. Chinese people often use the term “Descendants of the Dragon” as a sign of ethnic identity.
Back to Eng Bee Tin , the store was established in 1912 by Mr. Chua Chiu Hong which is a simple stall in the heart of Ongpin,Binondo, the Chinatown in Manila. They are known for its traditional Chinese delicacies, such as hopia, tikoy and glutinous peanut balls. Eng Bee Tin is also the pioneer of the innovations in the Hopia, introducing favorites such as Hopia Ube, Hopia Combi (2 in 1 flavor), Mochipia (Hopia with Tikoy at the center) , Hopia Custard and vast variants of hopia.
Mr. Jeric Chua is the owner/ manager of Eng Bee Tin.
At present, Eng Bee Tin grows to 26 branches not only in Metro Manila but also to Calabarzon areas. To name a few branches of Eng Bee Tin are as follows :
Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli – SM North EDSA
Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli – SM Bacoor
Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli – Waltermart Makati Branch
Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli – SM Marilao
Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli – Monumento Branch
Mr Ube Rice and Noodle House Jr – Cloverleaf
Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli – Ayala Cloverleaf Mall
Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli- Fisher Mall
Mr Ube Rice and Noodle House – E. Rodriguez Sr.
Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli – Farmers Plaza
You may visit their GIANT Strawberry PIG Tikoy at the Eng Bee Tin Flagship Store at 628 Ongpin St Binondo Manila. You may also visit http://www.engbeetin.com