Saturday, July 30, 2011

Filipino Pancit Variations

Chinese influence in the Philippines can commonly be seen in the Filipino's food preferences.  One on top of the list of food preference is the pancit (rice noodles), the name pancit (or pansit) was derived from the Chinese Hokkien pian i sit .  In my curiosity, I have always gone to sites where photos of rice noodles are prepared in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and other Asian countries look so delicious!  They are the original countries that use Chopsticks instead of spoon, fork and knife.

My curiosity led me to search for Filipino Pancit dishes.  I was expecting to find only around 10 to 12 variations.  To my surprise, based on Wikipedia, it lists 29 variations of pansit!  Among those in the list, I would say that I am only familiar with less than half of it.  For the benefit of Pinoys who love pansit as I do, I have copied the list from Wikipedia.  I have added some comments that may be similar to one another, see how many you are familiar with:
  1. Pancit Alanganin
  2. Pancit Alahoy
  3. Pancit Batchoy
  4. Pancit Bato is indigenuous to the Bicol Region; especially the town of Bato in Camarines Sur.
  5. Pancit Bihon Guisado
  6. Pancit Bihongundoy
  7. Pancit Cabagan
  8. Pancit Canton
  9. Pancit Canton Ilonggo
  10. Pancit Chami (Lucena City, Quezon)
  11. Pancit Estacion (Tanza, Cavite)
  12. Pancit Habhab (Lucban, Quezon)
  13. Pancit Kilawin (a variety pancit originated from Rosario, Cavite. In lieu of pancit noodles, shredded unripe papaya fruit is used cooked with vinegar and fish. Usually partnered with Dinuguan dish)
  14. Pancit Lomi
  15. Pancit Lucban
  16. Pancit Luglug (very similar with Palabok and Malabon)
  17. Pancit Malabon
  18. Pancit Mami (round egg noodles)
  19. Pancit Miki (round egg noodles)
  20. Pancit Míki-Bíhon Guisado (round egg noodles + bihon)
  21. Pancit Olongapo (Pancit Miki with 'Sarsa' sauce. Miki cooked in tradition added with sarsa a thickened chicken and pork broth, darkened a little with soy sauce of choice)
  22. Pancit Molo (version of Filipino wanton soup without noodles, Chinese Wanton is with noodles lots of veggies)
  23. Pancit Moròng
  24. Pancit Palabok (thinner round noodles used compared to Luglug and Malabon)
  25. Pancit Pula (variation of Pancit Miki from Batangas City)
  26. Pancit Sotanghon (this could also be with soup)
  27. Pansit Sabaw (Pansit Miki with soup)
  28. Pansit Tuguegarao or Batil Patong
  29. Nom-banh-chok noodles of Vietnam
  30. Pansit Sinanta (also from Tuguegarao, consists of flat egg noodles, bihon, clams and chicken, with broth colored with annatto)

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1 comment:

antonette298 said...

What a mouth-watering pancit varieties. Batil Patong is one of my favorites. Anyway, thanks for sharing this.
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