So going back to the food trip, we went to Dingkoy's Bar and Restaurant. The pansit houses here only serve pansit - literally. No other food but pansit. Dingkoy boasts its original pansit batil-patong and we were so ready to try their specialty.
|ze group L-R: dra. ivy, doni, peng, me, chyng and our host - sol.|
thanks for this photo peng! :)
|all pansit - plus drinks of course|
We ordered their super special which had chorizo, carabeef (carabao meat), liver, lechon kawali (yummy) and egg for only 60 bucks! Quite a steal right? They also have a seafood counterpart for the non-red meat eaters.
|the master chef|
|there were 3 of them assisting|
They have an open kitchen and they cook your food right in front of you. We watched how they cook the pansit and observed how they carefully layer those yummy ingredients on top of each other. We first noticed the eggs - they were poached. And then the other ingredients - toasted chorizo, the carabeef, the yummy lechon kawali and the liver (you can omit any of those - just tell them beforehand). We got hungry more and more after each ingredient. And the aroma? I can't describe it but it smelled fantastic (huh?!).
|poached eggs baby!|
Pansit batil-patong is unique because of the egg. The "batil" part was on the soup (kinda like nido soup - the egg was beaten into the soup). They give you this soup but you should have it right after finishing the pansit - yes, soup after the main dish. That's how it should be eaten. The "patong" part was the poached egg on top of the pansit itself. Nice. They also served a special sauce (read:sawsawan) which looked like your typical soy sauce with lemon (calamansi) and chili (sili) thing but with a twist - it also had some shredded red onions.
|the soup (right after the pansit)|
Of course I failed the "soup-right-after-the-pansit" part because I can't resist the yummy look of it and I like my soup before the main meal. Bad me. The taste was - uhm, like a soup. Maybe if I ate it the "right" way I would've appreciated it more.
I dug in into my plate and tasted the bits and pieces that was incorporated into my pansit. It tasted different and I appreciated it more with the sauce. It was really different. The texture of the lechon kawali and the egg, they compliment each other.
|Pano na nga ulit yun?|
The group's verdict? 2 out of 5 didn't finish their pansit. You know why? They didn't like the carabeef. In some terms they call it "maang-go". I told them to remove the carabeef instead but they still can taste it thus, it ended their meal.
As for me, it's ok. I can still remember how it tasted and how I felt after eating it. I dunno if it's good or bad but I finished everything. It's unique and it's really a must-try when you're in Tuguegarao.