Introduced by the Chinese, pancit has spawned more than 20 varieties, some of which--like Malabon and Lucban--are named after places where presumably these variations have been invented. The dish was traditionally served during birthdays since long noodles represent long life. But as more variants were introduced, the pancit began to be served on every occasion, whether birthdays or anniversaries. SPOT.ph drops in on various panciterias that continue to serve their own versions of pancit, proof once more of Filipino ingenuity and adaptability. After all, anywhere you find any variation of pancit, you’ll find a Filipino. Thus, we list 10 pancit dishes that are perfect for celebrations and get-togethers that Pinoys love so much.
1. ALING NORMA’S PANCIT MALABON
No. 25 L.R. Yangco Street, Navotas City
Tel. no. 282-1280
Open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Aling Norma’s Pancit Malabon (P200 for the smallest bilao that’s good for two to three people) boasts of thick rice noodles drenched in rich sauce. It’s also generously heaped with shelled shrimps, chopped spring onions, sliced hard-boiled eggs, minced garlic, adobong pusit (squid), chopped Chinese cabbage, and crushed chicharon. Those who aren’t into pork can ask the cook to skip the chicharon and just add more shrimp. A plateful of this noodle dish is already a sumptuous meal.
Prices: Aling Norma’s Pancit Malabon comes in bilaos priced at P200 (for two to three people), P250 (for four to five people), P350 (for six to seven people), and so on--with the biggest bilao at P1,200 (for 17 to 20 people).
2. PAKIBALOT PANCITERIA
No. 122 Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City
Tel. no. 383-9625
Open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Pakibalot Panciteria’s Pancit Canton (P120 for a plate that can be shared by two) is drenched in sauce and mixed with carrots, cabbage strips, and sliced white onions. You can add P30 if you want lechon added into the mix or P40 if you prefer shelled shrimps. If you don’t have any dietary restrictions, add both lechon and shrimp to make your pancit stop a memorable one.
Prices: If you’re throwing a party, Pakibalot Panciteria’s various pancit dishes come in bilaos priced at P400 (for eight to 10 people), P600 (for 11 to 14 people), and P800 (for 15 to 18 people).