Beautiful Mod-Filipino Dishes at Hapa SF's Saturday Pop-Up

Hapa SF's William Pilz impressed once again Saturday during his packed pop-up at La Victoria on 24th Street. The dinner previewed new Filipino dishes that may end up on the regular menu of Pilz's Filipino food truck. Pilz plans to reprise the menu Tuesday night at Bar Basic.

Arroz caldo ($13), a seafood version of the popular Filipino rice porridge, was pure comfort in a bowl: rice slowly simmered in a fish-sauce-flavored broth teeming with delicate, thumb-sized mussels, scallops, and prawns, served with fresh calamansi, scallions, and fried garlic chips. Pilz told SFoodie that the inspiration for the seafood rice porridge came to him one cold night on the truck. Business had been slow, and he felt nothing could be more comforting than a bowl of steaming hot arroz caldo. We couldn't agree more.

His mechado sliders ($8) ― Beef short ribs braised in a rich tomato sauce, served on crusty Acme bread and topped with thinly sliced and subtly sweet pickled mangoes and carrots ― were a clever take on a humble, homely dish. The flavors in Pilz's duck confit adobo salad ($9) were clean and well balanced. The duck's vibrant vinegar flavor worked incredibly well with the baby beets and spicy lettuces from County Line Harvest.

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