Hap Chan Tea House

Speedy celebrated his birthday yesterday — the first without the girls who stay at a rented condo near their school in the city. So, it was just the two of us. I asked him what he fancied for lunch — did he want me to cook his favorites or did he want to have lunch out? Out of the blue, he had a craving for binukakang dalag (deep-fried butterflied mudfish), so, a little after 11.00 a.m., we were off to Bulawan Floating Restaurant in the nearby town of Pililia.

We hadn’t gone a few kilometers when we started discussing one of the most tiresome, though inevitable, subjects this summer. The heat was terrible. Pililia was over an hour away and driving under the noonday sun is never pleasant, the airconditioning in the car notwithstanding.

We were caught in a traffic jam when Speedy asked if I wanted to eat Chinese food instead. What about King Bee, he asked. Sure, I said. It’s not like I’d say no to Chinese food, ever. But we’d have to turn back and drive toward the opposite direction. That was when we passed Hap Chan Tea House.

We’ve been to Hap Chan before, the food wasn’t bad (although not spectacular either), the place had airconditioning and it’s comfortable. Speedy said he was worried about the open-air setting of Bulawan. On a cool December day, it would be wonderful to dine by the fish pond al fresco but in this El Niño summer? I suppose not.

And so we had lunch at Hap Chan. And the things we ordered… well, it’s like Speedy didn’t do any of the ordering. My, my, no pork nor beef! We had chicken and fish.

casaveneracion.com chicken feet dimsum

Our meal started with the chicken feet appetizer. Well, we’ve had better chicken feet.

casaveneracion.com eight treasure soup

The eight treasure soup was delicious though. And it’s something we wouldn’t have ordered if the girls were with us because Alex doesn’t like tofu and the soup had lots of soft tofu. I would discover later yesterday that I have a recipe for eight treasure soup in one of my cookbooks and I do intend to make it at home one of these days.

casaveneracion.com salt and pepper fish fillets

If you’ve tried the salt and pepper pork that is popular in most Chinese restaurants, well, this is the fish version. Delectable! The coating was crisp and light and not greasy at all. There were just enough chopped chilis to give the dish sufficient bite without making the eyes water.

casaveneracion.com hainanese chicken

The Hainanese chicken was delicious too. And so was the fried rice. Too bad that we had to cancel the crispy oyster omelet that I was so hankering for (I had a mental image of the Shih Lin Night Market in Taipei, all of a sudden) but it turned out that no oysters were available so what could I do, really?

We had to bring home what we couldn’t finish (the rice, mostly). Then, for dinner, I cooked a noodle dish and leche flan. The girls will be home later today so I suppose that tonight’s dinner will be the real start of Speedy’s birthday celebration that will last all the way through Father’s Day on Sunday.

Comments

  1. trish says

    pour service in tomas mapua branch kainis yung mga waiter namimili ng costumer,pag chinese or grupo kyo ang pumasok mabilis sila mag-intertain pero pag pilipino na 1-2 people lang ang tagal bago ka lapitan or ikaw pa mismo magtawag ng waiter para mag order.

    • Krisel says

      Hi, we dined in Hap Chan Tea SM city Fvw branch. We ordered for 2 iced tea, Hakaw and Fish fillet and Beef brisket rice toppings. After sitting in the store for like nearly 45 minutes we still do not have our Rice toppings. I personally asked the crew (the one wearing a toque) for follow up but did not come back to us. Its stupid that even the Manager on duty did not bother to explain what happened. As a proof here is our OR #: 001#0000010999. We ended cancelling the rice toppings. We were able to eat our Hakaw and the iced tea but due to super inconvenience the manager on duty (if she is really a manager) told the crew to just charge the Hakaw and waive the iced tea!!!

  2. connie matias says

    HAP CHAN FAIRVIEW PEARL DRIVE, NOT RECOMMENDABLE !!!!!!!
    WAITER NOT PROPERLY TRAINED TO HANDLE QUESTIONS FROM CUSTOMERS.
    VERY FRUSTRATING EVEN THE MANAGER ON DUTY “”” JOSEPH SARABILLO””” , LACKS PROPER TRAINING WITH BAD ATTITUDE.I WONDER WHAT KIND OF EMPLOYEES THE MANAGEMENT OF HAP CHAN IS EMPLOYING! DONT BRING YOUR GAY ATTITUDE TO YOUR RESTO, BE PROFESSION JOSEPH SARABILLO.

  3. ging dela cruz says

    i just having a second thought if we are going to celebrate my daughter’s b-day in hap chan pearl drive branch…after reading the comment of connie matias…Noted the name of Joseph SArabillo..tnx connie atleast im aware of that person if just in case we eat there!

  4. frenchy says

    I love their salt and pepper fish fillet too. It’s what I always order in Hap Chan along with the Yang Cheow rice. Affordable naman mga meals sa kanila at masasarap din naman yung karamihan.

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