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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Friday, July 22, 2011

Offensive smelling food for others

Food in the Philippines are quite unique when it comes to its odor or aroma  that is also uniquely appealing to the Filipino senses.  Pinoys salivate to the aroma of those food while or after being cooked.  These foods are like Tuyo or Daing (dried fish), the condiments are two types of Bagoong (some say similar to caviar) fermented salty tiny shrimps (alamang) or fish (monamon) and Patis (fish sauce) derived from drippings of bagoong fermentation. 

Many marginal Filipinos would be content to have these food and condiments with rice as their meal, in general, for the entire country.  There are regional preferences on how the these are mixed with other food such as vegetables, spices or coconut milk.  Some foreigners who taste or eat them complain of indigestion or stomach troubles but it usually is hypersensitivity to spices or coconut milk ingredients.

Filipino food is a matter getting used to taste and smell.  Most are health food, nutritious and filling with rice!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dating for Pinoys

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Garbage collection - Baguio City

It used to be that garbage collection was done by garbage trucks going around Baguio City to collect them.  Many areas in recent years, if not all areas, residents have to bring their garbage in plastic bags to one place.  So, if you happen to live in a house that disposes so much trash, you will have to carry them to the specified garbage collection location.  If not, you just have to bear with all the waste for a week or so, until you get them there on the designated day/s.

For garbage collection days, it seems that it is only the central business district of Baguio that have their garbage collected daily.  A good number of residential and far-away areas have to settle for a once a week schedule.  This is one reason why the City Camp lagoon area gets flooded.  The people living around the area get lazy to bring their garbage to said places and instead just throw them in the water ways or other places where it can be carried away by rainwater.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Good Shepherd Convent - Baguio City

Baguio City has so many places of interest and tourist destination.  One would be the Good Shepherd Convent located just beside another tourist spot - Mines View Park.  The Good Shepherd Convent was known in the early days as a rehabilitation center for girls that have lost their way in life.  It is being run by Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

Right now it is a flourishing place and is making exceptionally well.  Their produce are Peanut Brittle, Ube jam, Strawberry and Blackberry/Blueberry jam.  The place has developed into a virtual production plant of the said products.  There was never a time I visited the place as early as 7 a.m. that there were no visitors.  Many local tourists do not fail to buy goods before leaving for their respective cities or provinces.

The Peanut Brittle is one of their products that is outstanding.  Even locals still prefer them over the next best rival Romana's Peanut Brittle. The same with the Ube and Strawberry Jams.  They have well secured production areas and not just anyone is allowed in there.

Good Shepherd Convent has upgraded its facilities using Solar Panel lighting and Solar Thermal Water Heaters.  The upgrade is to save on electric bills that they use in production.  It is just amazing how they have developed into what they are right now.  If you did not visit the place on your trip to Baguio City, make sure it will be on your agenda on your next trip!

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