Last night—Sunday midnight—President Rodrigo Duterte addressed the nation in a speech responding to the medical community’s call for the reimposition of enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila.[READ: NCR, nearby provinces back to MECQ for 2 weeks. What can we do and not do in MECQ again?]
A few plans he laid out with the help of his cabinet include—apart from putting back Metro Manila and nearby provinces under modified ECQ—recruiting more doctors and nurses, giving a stipend of up to P15,000 for afflicted frontliners, and training police officers and nurses willing to be deployed in a big auditorium with “masarap na pancit” as merienda.
We are all for “masarap na pancit” merienda, so we will do our part to help by recommending places where we can get the best version of this Filipino favorite.
Toyo Eatery’s pansit espesyal
https://www.instagram.com/p/CAIAbvIH0RW/[READ: Order up! Toyo Eatery’s lockdown menu has silog and pansit bilao for takeout]
Because frontliners deserve nothing but the best, here’s a “siksik, liglig at nag-uumapaw sa sahog na pancit” by one of the best Filipino restaurants right now, Toyo Eatery. It has meat and seafood combined and mixed with thick egg noodles.
Pancit ng taga Malabon
For something more familiar, go for the classic pancit Malabon from the source. Shrimp, squid and egg with short noodles are filling and are guaranteed to empower our police and nurses.
Manam’s pancit sisig
[READ: Manam’s crispy sisig, pancit palabok and other faves now come in bento boxes best for hungry budgetarians]
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A two-in-one meal with complex textures and flavors is the perfect way to let these heroes know that they matter to us. You can even throw in some rice to go with the crispy sisig to make it a complete meal should the training hours extend.
Mahal Kita Motel’s pancit sa bilao
This crowd-pleaser draws crowds (pre-quarantine) to this drive-thru restaurant at the Pasay motel Mahal Kita. And why not? It’s customizable. You can choose what type of noodles you want in your pancit: canton or bihon or better yet, a combination of both!
Sarsa Kitchen’s pancit palabok espesyal
https://www.instagram.com/p/CC-JmCODT_A/[READ: This bilao may just be the ultimate Pinoy birthday spaghetti and we know where you can get it]
You can barely see the vermicelli noodles underneath these bilaos but that’s usually a good sign. Focus instead on the generous amounts of toppings like the Tuguegarao longganisa, crispy tinapa, fish skin chicharon, eggs, lemongrass squid, annatto shrimp and chili garlic.
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Writer: CHRISTIAN SAN JOSE
ART LEVENSPEIL SANGALANG