Pancit has a special place in Filipino culture. Most of us have fond memories of eating these delectable noodles in birthday parties, family gatherings, or even during normal afternoons. Despite how common it is, however, pancit comes in an incredible number of varieties. It seems like just about every culture and region has its own interpretation.
No worries, though; this list contains the five pancit dishes that you absolutely must try. Once you’re done with these, feel free to explore the many other kinds available.
1. Pancit Canton – Some will say that this is easily the most popular and universal pancit dish in the Philippines. No celebration would be complete without a generous serving of these noodles, topped with shrimp, pork, and shredded cabbage. From carinderias to family restaurants, the best pancit canton will always leave you wanting more.
2. Pancit Malabon – Another favorite among many Filipinos, you can probably guess where this one originates from. Hailing from the coastal town of Malabon, this aptly named dish typically contains plenty of seafood and sliced eggs. Combined with the thick noodles, this makes for a very filling and hearty meal.
3. Pancit Palabok – Whoever hasn’t sampled this rice noodle dish yet is missing out. The taste is somewhat comparable to pancit Malabon, but there are some key differences – like the noodles thickness and texture – that set this dish apart. It’s a common sight in fast food places, but “real” pancit palabok is anything but cheap tasting.
4. Pancit Sotanghon – Some may not like how slippery and gummy the sotanghon noodles are, but when well-prepared and with high quality ingredients, this is a one of a kind delicacy. While traditionally reserved for special occasions, many Filipinos today make sotanghon pancit a regular part of their diet.
5. Pancit Habhab – This delicacy from Lucban, Quezon isn’t just well-known for its taste, but also the way you eat it. Unlike the other items on this list, you receive the pancit on a banana leaf, and should eat it without the use of a fork or any other utensils. It has enjoyed a steady rise in popularity in recent years thanks to social media, and is now a relatively common sight throughout the country.
Whether or not it’s a special occasion, pancit makes every gathering better. Don’t miss out on trying these uniquely Filipino delicacies.