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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hapa SF Debuts Prepared Entrees at Whole Foods Haight St.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 3:25 PM

click to enlarge Hapa SF's vegan pinakbet, which premiered with two other entrees at the Haight Street Whole Foods. - JONATHAN KAUFFMAN
  • Jonathan Kauffman
  • Hapa SF's vegan pinakbet, which premiered with two other entrees at the Haight Street Whole Foods.

Yesterday's stealth early opening of the Stanyan Street Whole Foods brought more than EARTH University bananas to Upper Haight. It also brought a trio of packaged Filipino entrees from truck vendor Hapa SF. Hapa's William Pilz tells SFoodie by e-mail that the three prepack products are meatless, since otherwise they'd have to be prepped in a USDA-certified kitchen, which Pilz calls prohibitively pricey. "As with all of our food they [are] rooted with Filipino ideas but modernized to embrace seasonal produce and sustainability," Pilz writes. On offer: vegan pinakbet ($6.99), which eighty-sixes the bitter melon and shrimp paste, and comes with rice; arroz caldo ($7.99), now with artichokes and blood oranges, packed with toppings for garnishing; and torta pinakbet ($6.99), "our version of what others might think of as quiche," Pilz says, eggs, spinach, and pinakbet wrapped in puff pastry.

SFoodie picked up the pinakbet, a vaguely ratatouille-like stew of julienne zucchini, eggplant, and piquillo peppers over jasmine rice. It was good, with vegetables that'd softened but still crunched against the teeth, well seasoned, and with a decent ratio of stew to rice. We didn't even miss the bagoong. Pilz says he's hoping to supply the city's other Whole Foods with entrees sometime soon.

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