June 27, 2017

Hap Chan Seafood Resto- Reintroduction to Classic and Affordable Chinese Cuisine

Long before these Chinese restaurants in Banawe, there was a "Chinatown in Manila" known to be brimming with tea houses, serving traditional, no-frills, and delicious Chinese fare.

Here, you can find the original Chinese restaurants of Manila packed with loyal patrons patiently waiting for their dimsum, noodles, and congee. A cup of tea on one hand, a newspaper on the other, and a Chinese feast laid on the table- it's the usual daily grind in the heart of chinatown. 

One of those restaurants that still exists up until to today, is Hap Chan.

Truth be told, it had been years since I last ate at a Hap Chan. Our family used to frequent their Tomas Mapua branch when I was young, since we just live nearby.  However, with many Chinese restaurants opening here and there, competition seemed to overshadow the once iconic tea house. 

Recently, we had a late lunch at Hap Chan Seafood Restaurant in Harbour Square, CCP Complex. We were served with classic Chinese dishes, a few dimsum items, and some of their best-selling desserts.

Classic Dishes

You can never go wrong with the Sauteed Beef with Broccoli Flower (P280)- tender slices of beef, surrounded by fresh and crunchy broccoli, cooked the Hap Chan way. 

Another classic staple, the Sweet & Sour Pork (P270) features meaty chunks of crispy battered pork, cooked in a sweet and tangy sauce. I prefer my sweet and sour sauce bold and rich, so I found this too light in terms of flavor. Nevertheless, I like that the pork was cooked perfectly- crispy on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside. 

To complete the meat dishes, Hap Chan's Crispy Fried Chicken (P245/half) was served with some crunchy prawn crackers on the side. Although it may look simple, the chicken was very moist and tender with a nice crunch from the thin layer of skin. 

All these dishes were paired with Hap Chan's classic Yang Chow Fried Rice (P270).

Since it was a father's day weekend when we visited, we got to try Hap Chan's Father's Day special of Golden Salted Egg Chicken (P295). I have tried salted egg prawns from other Chinese restaurants, but Hap Chan came out with a chicken version this time. While I like a little crunch on my chicken, flavor-wise it did not disappoint. 


One of our favorite food is dimsum, and we're glad we got a teaser of Hap Chan's dimsum items.

Hakaw (P120)

We learned that Hap Chan's hakaw are made with a special ingredient from Hong Kong which makes
them unique and tasty.

Shrimp Siomai (P95)

These pork and shrimp siomai weren't bad either. They were very meaty and has minimal fat compared to other dimsum restaurants. 


Mango Sago (P80) and Chilled Taho with Mango & Sago (P60)

Both desserts were good, but our personal favorite was the sweet and creamy mango sago. The chilled taho was an upside down mango jello filled with milk and sago.

Soya Milk (P45)

I was surprised to know that Hap Chan also serves soya milk which they make from scratch. 

It was nice to finally revisit Hap Chan and be reintroduced to some of its specialty dishes. It was our first time to dine at their Harbour Square branch, and though the place was somewhere we don't frequent much, it was refreshing to have a breathtaking view of Manila Bay while enjoying a sumptuous Chinese feast. 

Hap Chan is also celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year! To give back, Hap Chan is raffling off tons of prizes like gift certificates, iPads, iPhones, a trip to Hong Kong, and a brand new Toyota Vios as the grand prize. See poster for more details:

Hap Chan Seafood Restaurant
Unit 1101 G/F Harbour Square CCP Complex Pasay City
Tel num: 403-5905/403-5906
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4 Ways That Studying Abroad Can Change Your Life

Studying abroad is a unique opportunity that many young adults do not take advantage of in their lifetime. Reasons for this may include not wanting to leave the comfort of home or go far away from family and friends. Perhaps they are nervous about living in an environment where the culture is different, and language barrier is a concern. However, those who take the leap and choose to be adventurous and study abroad seldom regret doing so. Many times, they even choose to stay in the country in which they studied, get a job, marry, and have a family. Much to their family’s dismay, some never return back to their home country for more than a quick visit. This article will share how studying abroad can change one’s life.

June 19, 2017

The Golden Duck Gourmet Salted Egg Yolk Potato Chips of Singapore, Now in Manila!

Something "golden" is coming our way! Salted egg lovers unite, as one of the leading purveyors of the salted egg chips in Singapore has finally landed in Manila!! 

After a year of local purveyors battling it out on who got the best salted egg chips in the country, the time has come for The Golden Duck to showcase its golden colors.

Long before I've tried local brands, my first salted egg chips experience was from The Golden Duck. I remember liking it very much, and interestingly even more as the pack comes close to being empty. It was so addicting I just can't seem to get enough.

June 6, 2017

Doña Elena Olive Oil Philippine Airing of US Master Chef Season 8 on Star World

Good news to chefs, home cooks, and foodies around the metro! We now have something more to look forward to as the all-new season of US Master Chef surprises viewers with a feast of flavors that are both inspiring and entertaining. 

The newest season of US Master Chef will premiere on June 8 at 8 PM on Star World. The show promises to showcase hilariously yummy dishes, and a mix of new breed of personalities who can potentially change the culinary scene, one recipe at a time. To intensify the excitement, James Beard award winner and Mexican-American Chef Aaron Sanchez joins acclaimed pastry chef Christina Tosi, and main host and celebrity-chef Gordon Ramsay as judges. 

June 1, 2017

Jasmine- Unlimited Dimsum at New World Makati Hotel

I can't express how much we love dimsum. An ordinary weekday night for us usually involves going to Banawe for some late night dimsum fix. It is probably our go-to restaurant after a long day's work. Plus, with various restaurants offering promos and discounts for their dimsum selections, we feel that it's the most practical place to enjoy our favorite dimsum, without burning our wallets.

However, there are certain days when we just want to splurge a little and experience some fancy dimsum delights. Since dining in hotels costs more than the usual, we often just order one of each dimsum variant and slowly savor each bite. So when we came across Jasmine's unlimited dimsum promo, there was no way we could let it pass.

This was from a few years back, so I am not sure if they still serve the same dimsum items for their promo. But let me just share some of the items we tried that day.

Steamed Dimsum

Shrimp Dumplings, "Har Gao" (P225)

Leading the line up is of course, hakaw! These were very plump and the skin was translucent and chewy just the way I like it.

Steamed Shrimp, Spinach Dumplings (P190)

The Top 5 Ways to Save Money in 2017

Do you ever feel like you never have enough money? Does it always seem as if you can’t get ahead of your expenditures because unforeseen circumstances pop up that cost money? You are not alone in feeling this way. In fact, many people around the world feel the same way that you do. Often times people feel as if they just do not have enough money to make ends meet which leads them to applying for credit which only puts them more in debt. 

In 2017, it is time to stop the vicious cycle of overspending and it is time to make a choice to consciously save money. This article will identify some ways in which you can save money.