I’ve been to Hai Kang Seafood Restaurant in Greenhills a number of times, usually for parties. Parking is a bit of a problem during weekday lunches so getting a Grab/Uber is your best bet. I revisited Hai Kang for a relaxed lunch a few weeks ago.
Shredded Chicken and Mango. Shredded chicken, mango strips, cucumber strips, century egg in addition to the layer of fried wonton strips. I’ve had versions of this using duck but chicken is better received. I suspect the chicken used is the soy chicken they serve also minus the sauce. This is great for people who enjoy lots of textures like me, you get a mix of crunchy, soft and firm all in one spoonful.
Soy Chicken. I don’t usually pay attention to soy chicken when served in appetizer platters but this is one of the best I’ve had. No fanfare unlike a recent one I tried, served on a plate with a nice amount of sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds. The meat is flavorful to the bone and I’d be quite happy with a bowl of rice next to this one.
Pumpkin Soup. At first glance, looks like the usual pumpkin soup with seafood but once you take a sip, you’ll be able to tell something is different. Hai Kang added some curry powder giving it an added dimension, genius.
Laksa Prawns. De-shelled prawns topped with a creamy unmistakably laksa sauce and served with mantou on the side. I’ve never been a big fan of laksa because of the usually high level of spice but it’s been toned down in this one and instead you get all the flavors. Mantou on the side for sopping up the sauce or better to get more rice. I would have preferred smaller sized prawns as the star of the dish is the sauce.
Peking Duck. The bird is big and majestic with a gleaming golden brown skin but sadly I can’t recommend this one.
Steamed Scallops with Golden Mushroom. Steamed scallops on a shelled with garlic golden mushroom, spring onion and leeks. Be sure to spoon a bit of the sauce on top before enjoying this sweet umami filled dish.
Sweet and Sour Pork. Thinly sliced and lightly covered with sweet and sour sauce. There is no excess sauce for you to drizzle on your rice like what you get in lousy restaurant versions of this. The meat stays crispy and you get the full flavor of the sauce. This is the best sweet and sour pork in the area.
Fried Crab with Salted Egg. Salted egg is the rage these days but Chinese restaurants have been using it for many years already. This is a dish you definitely have to use your hands,with the crab is crusted with a generous amount of salted egg so you’ll get more flavor.
Hai Kang really surprised me with the unusual Chinese restaurant dishes, getting lots of inspiration from neighboring Asian countries. Stick to their seafood specialties but make sure to order a plate or two of the superb sweet and sour pork or you will regret it.
Hai Kang Seafood Restaurant227 Wilson St., Greenhills
San Juan, Metro Manila
Contact No.: (632) 570-6325
Facebook Page: Hai Kang Seafood Restaurant
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