Pancit Malabon is a well-loved Filipino stir-fried noodle dish (pancit in Tagalog) that originated in the Malabon City in Metro Manila, Philippines. Its noodles are of thick variant like the ones used in Malaysian noodle laksa. It is then topped by yummy assorted seafood and shrimp-flavored paste sauce that composes of patis (fish sauce) and crab fat resulting to its yellow-orange color. Calamansi (a native citrus) can be also added for a sour and tangy taste to the dish.
Probably, the best place to get Pancit Malabon here in the Philippines would be at Lola Idang’s Original Pancit Malabon. This restaurant has been a long time favorite of mine and my family’s. It serves delicious Filipino cuisine that are very affordable. Besides their bestseller, they also serve other dishes like Tapsilog, Kare-kare, fried chicken, tokwa’t baboy and other Filipino delicacies.
Sean wanted to grab some lunch somewhere that served “lutong bahay” yesterday, so we decided to visit the branch in Brgy. San Miguel, Pasig near Greenwoods. It was my first time here since my family usually dines at their Katipunan extension.
The ambiance was similar to the ones in their other branches — cozy, home-y and carinderia-like (the place is airconditioned, though). The restaurant’s interior is simple and pleasing. It was missing their signature mural designs that I have learned to love ever since I was a kid and white plate displays but the bilao (woven tray) in different sizes were there.
We ordered some of their bestsellers: Lechon Kawali, half a chicken and Tapsilog. We asked for tap for water for our drinks instead. The verdict: Lola Idang hasn’t failed me yet again. The food was served in plates covered with banana leaves and had slices of tomato and cucumber on the side. Their Lechon Kawali dipped in special commercialized gravy branded Mang Tomas, among all other stores that serve this, will always be my favorite. Solb talaga! Their Tapsilog, though not the best tapa around here, was good enough for its price. We loved the fried chicken not only because it’s affordable, but because it was delicious, crunchy but chewy in the inside.
I’m glad that Sean’s first time in Lola Idang’s was a success. This restaurant has never been a disappointment and will always be one of my favorites. Considering the serving size, the food here is very affordable and very fulfilling. The service crew were attentive and looked neat. To sum it all up, all I can say is, Lola Idang’s food is simply delicious.