Tell me someone in the country who has never tried any pancit dish and I will treat you anywhere you like. From instant noodles to your carinderia style pancits to gourmet ones, it's safe to say that pancit is really one of those Filipino staple food.
After Rob, Joana, Christian and I spent Freedom Day in Kawit, Cavite, we went all the way to Pasig to try different regional pancits in the country at the Pancit Center. The plan was to order 5 different pancits and taste each one at the same time to get real time feedbacks from the group. We were trying to be hardcore foodies for that day.
|Pancit Center Pasig|
First in order was the Chicken Mami (60 pesos/solo). Before we get our share of the first pancit, we all agreed on reserving our comments after we've finished our first serving so as to not influence others - we were that serious on this. Everyone agreed that the mami was really good. The soup was tasty and the noodles were perfectly cooked. It's perfect for cool mornings and after beer moments. Nobody argued about that.
Next in line was the Cagayan's Batil Patong (70 pesos/solo). Almost all of us have already tasted the original one in Tuguegarao making it harder for this version to keep up with it. Two out of four loved it while the other two can't seem to veer away from the taste of the original one. But whether you've tasted the original one or not, this pancit should not be missed.
|Cagayan's Batil Patong|
Next was the Quezon's Tamis Anghang Chami (60 pesos/solo). This was favored by everyone. The blend of the thick noodles complimented with the sweet and spicy sauce. A few of us bit on some siling labuyo but that added extra flavor.
|Quezon's Tamis Anghang Chami|
After that we had Bicol's Pancit Bato with Dinuguan (70 pesos/solo). One out of four loved this version of pancit. That person loved the contrast of the thick, flat noodles and the Dinuguan toppings - which were both good separately.
|Bicol's Pancit Bato with Dinuguan|
The last one was the Isabela's Pancit Cabagan (60 pesos/solo). Only one of us tasted the original thing but almost everyone agreed on one thing - we were so not digging their version of this pancit. I was expecting it to be drenched in a dark sauce (just like in the resto's photos) but it looked very differently. The only thing we loved about this one was the crunchy fried pork bits on top.
|Isabela's Pancit Cabagan|
As if we were still hungry, we ordered one piece Fresh Lumpiang Ubod (55 pesos) and four pieces Special Puto (8 pesos each). Three out of four loved the Lumpiang Ubod and everyone liked the Puto. Nothing was extraordinarily special on these two but they were good.
Our total bill was a little above 500 pesos including everything listed above plus two 1.5 liters of soda which was really cheap for the feast we had. We spent more than two hours in Pancit Center. Two hours of solid fun and good food. Sans the grumpy lady server, we totally loved Pancit Center and we are so coming back to tick off everything on their Pancit map. Maghanda na si Ate Grumpy.
Unit 1 Pioneer Street Corner Shaw Boulevard,
Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Contact Number: (+63) 2.634.2727