My endless search for my favorite regional pancit brought me to Project 6 in Quezon City, just two jeepney rides away from my place, to try out Jonash’s version of Pancit Batil Patong.
The roads are flooded and the rain is pouring like there’s no tomorrow, but nobody can stop us from trying out this panciteria in Quezon City – my lovely hometown. I know this area by heart so searching for it was no-brainer. The easiest way to get there is via Mindanao Avenue corner Road 3, Ernesto Rondon High School would be the landmark. The street after this high school is Road 5, just follow that road and I’m sure you wouldn’t miss Jonash Pancitieria and Carinderia.
Jonash is your typical eatery or carinderia. Dishes on large cook pots are laid on a table and choosing your dish for the day will have to be your problem. They have an assortment of dishes that will surely fill your tummies.
We then found out that almost all of the servers and cooks here are from Cagayan Valley Province, so that explains their variety of northern favorites – goat’s meat dishes and Pancit Batil Patong.
Me and my buddy requested for a Special order of the pancit for 60 pesos each (Regular-50 pesos, Super Special-70 pesos and Jumbo-80 pesos).
The first thing I noticed was that the serving was too small (I could imagine what the Regular order would look like). Second was that the Patong or the egg on top was not poached very well (the ones from the roadside pancit stalls in Tuguegarao poaches the egg just perfectly). Next was that the noodles were flatter than usual. And then we had to ask for the Batil or the soup, I dunno if they don’t usually serve it. Lastly, the noodles were drenched in sauce.
With all the undesirable images that we’re seeing, I’m afraid this would also translate to its taste. And I guessed it right; there was nothing spectacular or truly remarkable with regard to the taste. It’s too bland and you could hardly taste the carabeef (a total opposite from the overpowering carabeef taste in a panciteria in Kamuning). I couldn’t even remember how it tasted, I just remembered the feeling afterwards – not very good.
The serving was small that I finished the whole thing and still felt hungry. It was still raining and having a movie marathon was very suggestive. Me and my buddy just ended the day with huge amount of crisps on hand and some good movies to watch. We totally forgot about the pancit.
Jonash Panciteria and Carinderia
19-B Road 5, Project 6, Quezon City
Contact Numbers: (+63) 2.456.4263 | (+63) 908.149.4034