Hapag Ihaw-Ihaw: Average Filipino Fare

As I’ve mentioned on many occasions in the past, there is a distinct lack of Filipino restaurants in Vancouver. I’m still not entirely sure why.

In any case, I heard about a hole-in-the-wall place on Victoria Drive called Hapag Ihaw-Ihaw so we headed over in mid-September to try them out. While they supposedly open at 11am (based on the sign on their door), they weren’t open when we arrived. Seeing someone in the back of the restaurant, we decided to walk up and down Victoria Drive a few times to see if they were actually going to open or not. By about 11:15am, they finally had their open sign on and their tables ready.

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We decided on trying a few items including the Lumpia Shanghai ($4), Crispy Pata ($16 for large), Pinakbet ($12), and BBQ Chicken Combo ($9). Perhaps one of the things that creates a barrier for Filipino restaurants is the marketing of their dishes to non-Filipinos. In other cuisines like Chinese and Japanese, the name of dishes are fairly friendly and you can usually tell what you’re ordering.

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The best dish that we had here was the BBQ Chicken Combo as the chicken was quite tender and served with a tasty pickled cucumber salad.

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Next up was the Pinakbet which is basically a mixed veggie dish with string beans, eggplant, okra, squash, and fish sauce.

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Lumpia Shanghai is basically spring rolls filled with pork and shrimp with a sweet chili dipping sauce. These thin spring rolls didn’t have a lot of filling but they were crispy and turned out pretty good.

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The dish that their menu said is a must try is the Crispy Pata or pork trotter. We originally wanted to order a smaller plate but they said they only had large and extra-large available. Trotter is the lower part of the pig foot (unlike the pork hock which is just below the knew but above the ankle) so if you’re a bit squeamish about it, this might not be the dish for you. Personally, I found that the skin was nice and crispy but the meat underneath was on the dry side. It does come with a soy-vinegar dip which helps with the dry parts of the trotter.

Overall, I’ve had better Filipino food before and I found the service to be a bit lacking here.

5432 Victoria Drive
Vancouver, BC

Hapag Ihaw-Ihaw Filipino Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Posted on December 22, 2017, in Filipino, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. hmmm….i like filipino food….when i can find a decent one with reasonable prices and portions (and not some Lamp heated crap that has been sitting from the day before…). This place looks like i might try it out in the new year as i like exploring Victoria Drive (i grew up on nearby Nanaimo street/48th and still go to Vic Drive for burmese/mexican and chinese restaurants…the area starting to really improve in terms of restaurant diversity). You should try out this other filipino diner i tried out thru Skip the Dishes two weeks ago over on Joyce street: http://www.filipinostylecarinderia.com/ …i had some pretty good tasty take out delivery dishes. Be warned, the lumpia , 5 pieces for about $5, are tiny and each main dish of $9-13 meat/chicken curry whatever is a rip-off cup size, not a full take out container like the chinese restaurants give you. I notice that is the theme of many of these filipino/burmese and some thai take out orders….a $9 to $14 main entree and they give you literally a CUP size portion, most of it sauce. Those places actually lose my business no matter how good the food might be. Act all cheapo and not give customers a decent portion and it’s see you later!

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