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Pancit Batil Patong Hawker Bonifacio Tuguegarao

It was literally along the street of Tuguegarao City where I first had my taste of the region’s famous pancit batil patong noodle dish.

We arrived in the city’s downtown area around eight in the evening, bought a few cans of Red Horse from a grocery store, and before going back at Pensione Joselina where we were staying, we passed a makeshift, hawker-style eatery set along one of the main avenues of the city. And since it looked quite popular with the locals, we decided to try it out for ourselves.

The rest, as they say is history.

Bonifacio Avenue Tuguegarao City
EVENINGS AT TUGUEGARAO CITY

During our recent visit to Tuguegarao, we were determined to find this guerilla-type pancit batil patong stall again, not only to relive that first moment where I tasted my now ultimate favorite noodle dish in the country, but also to have another taste of their offerings.

Karitela Bonifacio Avenue Tuguegarao City
THEY STILL USE KARITELAS IN TUGUEGARAO

The streets of Tuguegarao are quite busy during the day, but once evening strikes, count just a few hours and everything closes down on cue.

Our watering hole of choice was at Anne’s Restobar, and after downing a few bottles of beer, we headed along the now deserted Bonifacio Avenue to look for the anonymous panciteria we ate at a couple of years ago.

Food Hawkers Bonifacio Avenue Tuguegarao City
MAKESHIFT HAWKER STALLS INVADE THE SIDEWALK AT NIGHT

It is not unusual for street food vendors to set up tables and chairs along the sidewalks of Bonifacio Avenue after the establishments along the road have closed down. And one by one, we checked them out, looking if they were the ones who sold us our first pancit batil patong.

Pancit Batil Patong Hawker Bonifacio Tuguegarao
WE FINALLY FOUND IT!

Eventually, we found it. I still remember the plastic bags of uncooked miki, the cheap colorful tablecloth and the plastic Orocan chairs. The aroma of stir fried noodles being cooked came to us, beckoning us to sit and order a plate.

Pancit Batil Patong Hawker Bonifacio Tuguegarao
COOKING PANCIT BATIL PATONG ON THE STREET

I spoke with the guy cooking the noodles on a steaming vat as we waited for a place to sit; the place was packed with locals. It turns out, he owns this noodle outfit.

Rogelio Bunagan, he introduced himself. I told him how his version of Tuguegarao’s pancit batil patong made me a convert. How I have been searching high and low in Manila where I can get that same flavor we had in his stall. He smiled, humbly thanking me in a quiet voice, continuing with his cooking as we conversed.

Pancit Batil Patong Hawker Bonifacio Tuguegarao
MANG ROGELIO’S HUMBLE PANCIT BATIL PATONG HAWKER STALL

He related how his stall has managed to put his children through college. He, together with his wife and kids, has been serving the locals of Tuguegarao this same dish for 18 years every night. And they don’t pack up until each and every bag of miki they brought with them has been cooked and sold.

I looked at his supply and saw that it wouldn’t take long before they’d be going home that night.

Pancit Batil Patong Hawker Bonifacio Tuguegarao
MY FIRST TASTE OF PANCIT BATIL PATONG, TWO YEARS AGO

Pancit Batil Patong Hawker Bonifacio Tuguegarao
AND FINALLY, ANOTHER TASTE OF MY ORIGINAL PANCIT BATIL PATONG PLACE

Soon, a table was cleared and our order pancit batil patong arrived; the usual egg drop noodle soup and onion garnish, accompanying it. This time, I can’t help but compare it to other panciterias we recently tried in Tuguegarao. Mang Rogelio’s version of this noodle dish doesn’t have as much flair as say those of in Jomar’s, lacking much in the lechon carahay department, but once I took my first forkful, I remembered what made me love this northern noodle dish so much. Thank you Mang Rogelio.



Mang Rogelio’s Pancit Batil Patong
Address: In front E-Plus Technology Enterprises,
Bonifacio Street, Centro, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Pancit Prices: Php50.00 / Php60.00 / Php70.00
Open Hours: 8:00PM to 1:00AM

GPS Coordinates Map: 17°36'47.7"N 121°43'46.1"E


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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Sunday, April 12, 2015

8 comments:

  1. Di man eto ang pinaka espesyal na batil patong pero eto ata yung mas tatak ata sa akin na Batil Patong exp niyo na sinulat mo :) after nito baka madagdagan pa customer at di na sa street siya magbebenta kundi meron na silang pwesto.

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    1. Totoo yan, eto rin ang isa sa mga tumatak na panciteria sakin sa Tuguegarao :)

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  2. Sometimes, the best places to eat and dine are not located in the main street of the city. Others are hidden and you have to find them to taste what they are bragging about.

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    1. Well, this is actually at the main street of Tuguegarao City :D

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  3. Looks so yummy! Interesting location though. More power to Mang Rogelio.

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  4. Halos gabi gabi ako kumakain sa kanila nung nsa tugue pako. Iba ung hagod ng lasa ng pancit nila. May not be special in appearance but once you put a spoonful to your mouth...demn....ur hitting a classic...the best.

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