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There are hundreds of food establishments up and about that serves fine meals. But what happens if you get tired of the same old taste you eat day in and day out?

Just like the rest of you, I'm looking for new and exciting places to eat and have some fun at the same time, which is why this blog was created - to share with you the adventures (and hassles) that a food lover has to endure in search of a good find.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

An Okay Dinner @ Hap Chan Tea House

Tonight, eager for more Chinese cuisine, we had a go at Hap Chan Tea House which is located along Real St, Pamplona, Las Pinas which is very near our place.

Hap Chan serves your favorite Chinese treats like dimsum, noodles, stir fried noodles, congee, an assortment of roasted meats and a lot more!

Along with other Chinese restaurants, Hap Chan serves complimentary hot tea.

The meal starts with the arrival of the Radish Cake served with some hoisin sauce. This texture of the dish is comparable to cassava cake and the taste is quite bland until dipped in the hoisin sauce.

There's also a little surprise inside with the addition of a little piece of meat.

Didn't get to order chicken feet the last time we dined in a Chinese restaurant so I got Hap Chan's Chicken Feet with Tausi Sauce. This dish literally melts in your mouth (except the bones of course)! The gelatinous skin and meat falls of from the bone with a delicate tap of the fork. The sauce really made its way into the epicenter of the meat which has some spicyness and sweetness to it.

The Spare Ribs with Tausi Sauce was pretty bland for my taste again and the meat, if it was meant this way, was not that tender.

The Beijing Dumpling Noodles is another so-so dish. The dumplings appears to be big but its mainly due to the illusion provided by the wanton wrapper. The meat or the filling inside it was very tiny. The noodles are ok but the soup was horrible and was too salty probably because it was already 11:30 P.M. and the broth was boiling all day, or probably not.

Next dish we had was the Beef Brisket Noodles. The beef was so soft and can easily be cut with your chopsticks, very tender and was a treat to chew, just the way I like it. The noodles was just right same as the previous dish but again the soup was too salty.

The star of the dinner was the Almond Jelly which was served with crushed ice and a piece of cherry that gave color to the otherwise all white dessert. The almond jelly has just the right amount of flavoring and sweetness to it. This offering can serve as a dessert or can double as a drink, upon the diners discretion.

Here's the prices of our orders:

Tea - free
Radish Cake - 58.00 Pesos
Chicken Feet with Tausi Sauce - 58.00 Pesos
Spareribs with Tausi Sauce - 58.00 Pesos
Bejing Dumpling Noodles - 58.00 Pesos
Beef Brisket Noodles - 58.00 Pesos
Almond Jelly - 50.00 Pesos

Total - 340.00 Pesos

Manilafoodfinds' Scorecard:

Overall Taste/Flavor - 5/10
Place - 8.5/10
Value for Money - 5/10

Juzam's thoughts:

Comparing the same line of dishes with our trip to Binondo (click here) in terms of taste and value, the winner is clear. We'll try other dishes on our next trip here.

Worst dish/es:
Both the noodles, too salty.

Best dish:
Almond Jelly

Hap Chan Tea House official website (click here)

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