Eating Chinese at Hap Chan

Polonchai Soup

Though we live in the center of proliferating chain restaurants, we don’t eat out quite often. At home, our dining table is a cultural mash-up. Thanks to Lynne who prepares great Chinese food along with traditional Ilocano food like imbaliktad, dinakdakan, pinakbet and dinardaraan. Last night, friends picked us up to dine at Hap Chan, 2 blocks west of the building where we live. I enjoyed more on this second din-din. The first time was on the restaurant’s opening week. It was full and everyone got kinda claustrophobic. Not to mention a scary few seconds earthquake was felt in the Ilocano Heroes Hall turned Ilocano Heroes mall. So anyway, polonchai soup was served first. Polonchai is Chinese spinach and Hap Chan’s version of the green soup is light and nice. The addition of threads of artificial crab and noodles is creative.

Seafood Noodles

I didn’t like much the ordinary kind of noodles in the seafood noodles. But Hap Chan bounced back with the simplicity of brocolli with profuse fried garlic. I never imagined the two to be an exquisite combination. The salt and pepper squid was nicely fried and the seasoning was not overpowering, allowing  the appreciable squid flavor.

Broccoli in Garlic and Salt and Pepper SquidHot Prawn Salad

Tropical mangoes in hot prawn salad is something new. It worked! Altogether, it was a fine dinner.

HongKong Lemonade and Milk Tea
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National, Hap Chan, etc.

The Sartolialist

I’m a follower of The Sartolialist for current and chic street fashion photography. Scott’s photo book is available at National Bookstore, now open at the Ilocano Heroes Hall turned mall. Waiting for Scott’s latest,  Closer.

Kate Lanphear

On one of the pages of the book… I admire US Elle style director Kate Lanphear’s fearless style.

Walked to nearby Red Dot…

T-Strap Sandals

Got my aqua vegan Jelly Nellies at the store. Been eying these classic Onitsuka Tigers and the fierce flats below, teehee, ballet bayonets!

Onitsuka TigerOnutsuka Tiger campaign ad, a page from an old mag

a page from my old mag.

Fierce Ballet FlatsGingersnaps

Marianne got cute outfits for my goddaughter Marylaine. Chose the Hello Kitty Vans for the cute little girl.

Hello Kitty Vans

Oh, our first stop was actually Hap Chan. Joy bought us a dim sum lunch consisting of hakaw (shrimp dumplings, ham siok (fried meat-stuffed dumplings), seafood noodles, asado pork and sweet carrot and squash, kinda like sticky rice cakes. A jolting earthquake was felt while we were dining. It frightened us especially that the tea house is located in a crowded vintage building. Frozen for a minute.

Hap ChanSeafood NoodlesShrimp Dumplings (Hakaw)Asado (Chinese Barbecued Pork)Ham ShiokSweet CarrotSweet SquashMarianneHappy Faces

Joan came in late, so we accompanied her to the nearby fastfood. After our heritage tour in Bacarra, we filled ourselves again, to the brim, with toasted isaw, fishballs and kikiam at Tayamen’s. Thank you, Tsang!

Tsang of Tayamen's

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