Hap Chan in Lipa City, Batangas
Budget : ~Php200-300 per dish
Duration : ~1-2 hours
Bummers : none so far
If you’re driving along the highway of Lipa City in Batangas, you will certainly notice this Chinese resto along the way. Hap Chan or Hap Chan Tea House to many is a popular Chinese restaurant with lots of branches in the city. I guess the love of people for Chinese dishes has opened an opportunity for Hap Chan to penetrate the Batangueño market.
Many times, I have already professed my love for Chinese food. From the hole in the wall Chinese restaurants in Binondo to my personal favorite Mann Hann and the newly-opened contemporary Chinese in P.F. Chang’s, all of these food spots are in my heart.
Like in many Chinese restos, it is best to start the meal with the complimentary house tea. This can help prepare your stomach when you begin eating all the awesome Chinese food they have.
The Shrimp Dumplings (Php 90 for 4pcs.) or hakaw is a staple in the Chinese cuisine. This is one the top reasons why I patronize Chinese restaurants. I love a piece of steamed shrimp engulfed by a soft and feather-like wrapper. Then, dip it in soy sauce and chili oil. Just delicious.
The Beef Brisket (Php 180) is a dish made with perfectly cooked beef. The meat is so soft that it melts in your mouth without chewing it. You get the picture right?
I am a kid at heart that’s why I can have fried chicken anytime, any day. If I were stuck in an island, it’s probably the food I’d bring. Hap Chan’s Fried Chicken (Php 240 for half order) is crispy and juicy. Oh, and it’s served with ketchup for a change.
Of course, no foodie would miss getting Yang Chow Fried Rice (Php 220) from a Chinese restaurant. Hap Chan’s Yang Chow fried rice is good for 3 people.
For dessert, tried Hap Chan’s Masachi (Php 50 for 3 pcs.) which is made from glutinous rice and has an orange filling. It’s a bit sweet and light. The texture of the filling was like beaten egg. It’s covered with dessicated coconut.
But I heard Eat Well’s Masachi is better because they use white chocolate as filling. And instead of coconut, they use crushed peanuts. I haven’t tried Eat Well’s but I will one of these days. Hap Chan’s masachi is already good so I have high hopes for Eat Well’s.
I also had a glass of Watermelon Shake (Php 75) as refreshment. It was, yeah, refreshing..
You don’t need to go all the way to Batangas to try Hap Chan. As I said, you can find many branches in the metro. If you plan to try it, check out their branches here.
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