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Pansit Na, Bato Pa???

on November 3, 2010

What comes to mind upon hearing/reading “Camarines Sur”? Well, lately, a handful has been associated with it, aside from being the largest of the six provinces in the Bicol Region. The pristine white-sand beaches in the Island of Caramoan will most likely turn up. Another would be CWC, the huge watersports complex in town of Pili, which is now a global attraction. Third would be Kinalas and/or Log-log — the noodle soup that Naga is famous for. Most recently, a more commercial factor identified with Camarines Sur would be Venus Raj, the 4th runner-up of the latest Ms. Universe pageant, who hails from the town of Bato. And speaking of Bato, this town prides itself for producing unique sundried noodles made primarily from wheat flour and lye known as Pansit Bato. [The name, obviously, was derived form the town where the noodles are made.] And that right there is another major [pun intended 😛 ] attribute distinctive of Camarines Sur.

Pansit Bato, more often than not, is cooked guisado-style. Pork, shrimp, an assortment of vegetables, slices of boiled egg, and anything you fancy in your pansit could be added. It’s really easy to prepare and cook. The difference of the whole Pansit Bato eating-experience would be the noodle itself. It gives off this characteristic texture that you won’t find it your ordinary Canton/Miki.

My folks just got back from a three-day visit to Bicol and brought packs of special Pansit Bato with them. I wanted to try them immediately so I volunteered to cook some for dinner. The pack includes a recipe, which I followed. But it was too general so I just estimated some of the ingredients like the soy sauce and pepper. Here, let me share the recipe with you.

Pansit Bato Guisado

1. Heat oil, saute garlic, onion, vegetables, pork, and shrimp. Set aside.

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2. Season with soy sauce and ground black pepper.
3. Add 4 cups of water [for 1/4 kilo of noodles] or 8 cups [for 1/2 kilo]. Bring to a boil.
Tip: I added one beef cube for a bolder flavor.

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4. Add the noodles and simmer till the sabaw dries up. You can turn off the heat immediately even without letting all the sabaw dry up if you want your pansit to be a bit sauce-y.

5. Add the sauteed vegetables and meat. Toss.

6. Serve hot and enjoy.
Optional: Squeeze calamansi over your pansit.

*Note: Since my dad has gout, instead of using cabbage and snow peas [sitsaro] with the carrots, I used sayote and bell peppers instead. I also skipped the shrimps and made use of just pork.

So on your next trip to Bicol, you might want to keep this blog entry in mind for you to remember to go buy some of that really good Pansit Bato. It’s just like having yakisoba… special yakisoba. You will love it, I promise! Smiley



5 responses to “Pansit Na, Bato Pa???

  1. wow ang sarap nyan ah 😀

  2. Smarla says:

    i havent been to camsur but i want to!! surfing! 🙂 i’ll keep this in mind and make sure i get to bring home one of these pancit bato. thanks for sharing this 😀

    • dashashash says:

      you’re welcome. 🙂 i’m hoping you’d get to visit CamSur anytime soon. You’ll love it there! [kahit yung food nalang eh] 🙂

      btw, i added your page to my blogroll. hope you don’t mind.

  3. edward says:

    gumagawa kmi nyan here sa bikol.

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