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.
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.
Tropical mangoes in hot prawn salad is something new. It worked! Altogether, it was a fine dinner.
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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.
On one of the pages of the book… I admire US Elle style director Kate Lanphear’s fearless style.
Walked to nearby Red Dot…
Got my aqua vegan Jelly Nellies at the store. Been eying these classic Onitsuka Tigers and the fierce flats below, teehee, ballet bayonets!
a page from my old mag.
Marianne got cute outfits for my goddaughter Marylaine. Chose the Hello Kitty Vans for the cute little girl.
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.
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!
Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012