Where to find a dish of Pancit Batil Patong in Metro Manila? That was the question after having a taste of the famed noodle specialty in Tuguegarao City. Food is almost a bit like life experiences itself, it’s very hard to forget, especially if it’s something that really made an impact on you; or in this case, your palate.
You can’t stop thinking about it and you start to crave for it every single day.
And so it was that not even a few hours after getting back from Tuguegarao City, I immediately scanned the interweb if there are restaurants serving Pancit Batil Patong in Manila (this was before I got to try Pancit Center in Pasig). I got a few hits indicating a small restaurant/carinderia somewhere in Kamuning; Bruno’s Tuguegarao Pansit Batil Patung.
Plans were immediately made to visit the said panciteria.
Getting there was a breeze. From EDSA, we simply walked along Kamuning Road before making a left turn at T.Gener Street. From there, we asked a few locals where Bruno’s Tuguegarao Pansit Batil Patung was but got blank responses.
I restated my question; would they know where the Pancit Tuguegarao eatery is? They eyes lit up and they immediately led us to Bruno’s.
The eatery is much like most carinderias in Manila. It’s basically a house’s front yard retrofitted with an outdoor kitchen and set with a few tables and chairs. Bruno’s Tuguegarao Pansit Batil Patung started serving this traditional northern dish two years ago and has become one of the go-to places for Pancit Batil Patong in the metro.
So what exactly is a Pancit Batil Patong (or Patung as some call it)? It’s a concoction of thick Cagayan-made miki egg noodles mixed in with carabeef (carabao meat), liver and veggies. The mixed pile is then topped with poached egg (patong) and crushed chicharon (pork rind). It is served with two side dishes, an egg soup (batil) and a platito of diced onions.
Bruno’s serves it in three variations; Regular (Php60.00), Special (Php70.00) and Super (Php80.00). The difference between the first two being its size; special is actually good enough for two already. As for the Super, it has an added chorizo topping, a variation to the hotdogs being added to the ones in Tuguegarao City.
For take-outs, they have Fiesta Bilaos starting at Php400.00 which is good for five persons, to Php600.00 good for eight persons and Php800.00 which can feed at least 10 hungry souls.
It’s simple enough to eat. First, pour a bit of soy sauce, spicy vinegar and a dash of calamansi on the onions at your side. Then you dig in! Mix in a few teaspoonful of the onions to every forkful or so of pansit to keep your taste buds from being overpowered by the carabeef taste (although the best Pancit Batil Patong doesn’t have a strong ma-ango carabeef taste).
So how does Bruno’s Pancit Batil Patong fare?
For my first taste of Batil Patong outside Tuguegarao City, it is actually not bad. The things I noticed was that the egg was not poached right (too firm), there were no crushed chicharon to top the dish and there’s absolutely no sign of vegetables within the mix. The taste was quite strong due to the carabeef .
It’s a good enough alternative if you’re craving for Pancit Batil Patong, but I’m crossing my fingers that I can still find a more subtle and a more authentic version of this noodle dish here in Metro Manila.
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I recently went back to Bruno’s Pancit Batil Patong in QC to give their noodles a second try. The place looks basically the same as the first time I visited it. The wooden chairs and tables painted in yellow are still there. And apparently even the suki cops who frequent the place were still there.
The only difference I saw was the rates of their pancits. Prices now starts at Php60.00 for their Regular which strangely goes without egg (the horror for a Pancit Batil Patong dish!), Php70.00 for Special, Php80.00 for Super and Php100.00 for Hataw. Adding chorizos (Php20.00) is optional.
Besides the irregularity of their Regular having no egg, the only difference between the remaining three are their serving sizes.
After ordering two Specials, one with chorizo and one without, we bought a bag of what looks to be home-made chicharon (Php50.00) at a stall near Bruno’s. Since the Batil Patong we tried at Tuguegarao has a sprinkling of crisps—albeit made from kropeks—we thought it might add a bit more flavor to their pancit.
And after a few minutes of waiting, the second moment of truth arrived.
Our Pancit Batil Patong looked the same as our first visit. And unfortunately, even with the added chicharon and chorizo toppings, it also tasted exactly the same as before.
Bruno's Pansit Batil Patung
Address: 37 T-Gener st. cor. K-1st, Kamuning,
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Contact Number: (0906) 210-1676
Open Hours: Open 7:00AM-7:00PM
Everyday Except Wednesdays
GPS Coordinates Map: 14°37'38.5"N 121°02'11.3"E