The newly put up Greenhills Town Center yields many nice places among them is Ha Yuan Signatures, a restaurant harkening back to our childhood. I have fond memories of going to Masangkay Street in Binondo to eat their some of their signature dishes like maki mi and lumpia. I have not actually eaten there in quite a long time and I’m really glad this branch is quite near, not necessitating the long travel time to Manila. The food served here are just the select few dishes that have made Ha Yuan a household name. Irene and I did not even need the menu to know what we would be ordering. We sat down and immediately told the waiter our orders. A bit of warning regarding seating, there are only a handful of seats in the air conditioned area, but they do have tables in the veranda, I for one will not sit outside in the sweltering Manila heat.
To start with, we had Lumpia (P40/junior), their version is suitable for vegetarians, great news. I was actually surprised how much I liked their version, which included lots of dried seaweed and crushed peanuts. The lumpia is usually made to be eaten like a burrito, but I prefer to use utensils since I love adding lots of sauce.
We also got a Cuapao (P70), so we ended up sharing both starters. Cuapao is an open faced sandwich of sorts using soft white dough similar to the ones in siopao then add stewed pork, chopped peanuts and preserved vegetables. The dough was soft while the meat was had just a bit of fat and was very tender.
My default order at Ha Yuan is always Maki-mi (P140), this tender pork loin simmered in a sticky soy broth with noodles. You can opt for the plain maki which is just the meat and soup. The mai mi here differs from others because of its stickiness. The noodles are wonderful and the whole combination just brings a smile to me and my happy tummy.
Asado Mami (P130). This is what Irene always eats at Ha Yuan throughout the years. She adds hot sauce to the noodles which is something I’m not really sure why, but she says that’s the way. I did not even attempt to try this as I was too weirded out by the hot sauce and of course I was also preoccupied with my own bowl of noodles.
Taho, Old School (P45). I had mine cold while Irene’s was hot, the difference being the texture of the taho itself. Ha Yuan is the best I’ve tasted, silky and smooth with no hint whatsoever of graininess. The sago pearls are well cooked, not hard sticky middles, with a sweet dark syrup for the oh so old school look and taste. They also serve some interesting new combinations that I might try it the future, or maybe not, I think I’ll stick with my old school flavor.
We love it that the Greenhills area is home to many restaurants you could only find in the Binondo area before like Masuki and Sincerity. Ha Yuan is the latest addition and hopefully more and more open up to serve the new generation who shy away from driving all the way there.
So check out Ha Yuan Signatures for Tsinoy comfort cooking that stays true to their roots.
Ha Yuan Signatures
Greenhills Town Center
Granada cor Valencia Sts.,