Pancit is a staple dish in most Filipino celebrations–especially during birthdays as it is believed that it will give the celebrant a longer life. This delicious dish, although brought to the Philippines by the Chinese, is continuously being reinvented by Filipinos into various forms–mixing in differing types of noodles and
We’re most familiar with the more famous
Here are some of the regional
1 Batil Patong
According to Linamnam: Eating One’s Way Around The Philippines (2011), you can find this noodle specialty all over Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. This noodle dish’s unique quality comes from the name itself–
2 Pancit Cabagan
The pancit Cabagan is a salty-savory noodle dish from Cabagan town, Isabela. This noodle dish is quite similar to
Sinanta, like batil patong, also originates from the city of Tuguegarao. According to Linamnam: Eating One’s Way Around The Philippines (2011), this noodle soup dish is traditionally served by the Ibanag (inhabitants of Cagayan) families. The broth of sinanta is made with chicken and alá (mini clams). This dish is served with pinakafu, also an Ibanag specialty, which is described to be a finger-sized fried sticky rice cake coated in caramelized sugar.
4 Pancit Choko En Su Tinta
The pancit choko en su tinta, also known as pancit pusit, is a famous black noodle dish from Cavite. This dish is made with sotanghon (vermicelli), generously coated in squid ink, garnished with kinchay (Chinese celery), chopped kamias (cucumber tree), toasted garlic, and siling labuyo (bird’s eye chilies).
5 Grade 1 Pancit
The Grade 1 pancit is called as it is
6 Pancit Sabsab
Not to be confused with pancit habhab from Quezon Province, the pancit sabsab can be found at the Taal market (Batangas). This delicious noodle dish is a combination of bihon and miki noodles that are sautéed in pork lard with pork meat, cabbage, and tabayag (bottle gourd) which is then simmered in pork broth. Mang Biko’s, one of the go-to panciterias that specialize in making the pancit sabsab, offers this with a bamboo stick that you can break into two–which you can then use as chopsticks to eat the pancit sabsab.