3 pancit dishes earn spots on TasteAtlas’ best stir-fries in the world
It’s a well-known fact that most Filipinos are pancit lovers. From special occasions to ordinary mid-afternoon snacks, pancit reigns supreme. Now, its varieties aren’t just found on the dining table, they have even earned a place on the global list.
Three pancit dishes recently made it to Taste Atlas’ list of the Best Stir-Fries in the World for 2023, thanks to their rich blend of flavors and cultural significance that never fails to satisfy.
On Sept. 15, the international food database unveiled its list of the Top 50 Stir-Fries, featuring pancit malabon, canton, and bihon, along with recommendations on where to find them.
On the 22nd spot with 4.2 stars is the pancit Malabon. It’s described as one of the traditional stir-fried noodle dishes prepared with thick rice noodles and doused in a flavorful shrimp-infused sauce, according to TasteAtlas website. This variety from Malabon is often served with seafood and gets an extra boost of flavors from boiled eggs and vegetables.
Where to dine: Nanay’s Pancit Malabon, Mama Belen’s Kitchenette, Norma’s Pancit Luglog and Restaurant, Dolora’s Hauz
Pancit bihon meanwhile landed on the 34th spot in the rankings. This variation is prepared with rice noodles cooked with sliced pork or chicken and vegetables. With a four-star rating, this version is a common sight at street food stalls across the country and is often served during special and festive events.
Where to dine: Three Sisters Restaurant, Aling Banang’s, Max’s Restaurant, Isaw Haus, Luyong Restaurant
Just slightly below pancit bihon is pancit canton, which came in at 36th. With a 3.9-star rating, this Chinese-influenced variation combines yellow wheat noodles with a variety of meats, seafood, and vegetables, all mixed in a flavorful sauce made from soy and oyster.
Where to dine: The Aristocrat, New Toho Food Center, Orchid’s Drive, Ado’s Panciteria, Ramon Lee’s Panciteria