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Mia's Special Pansit Cabagan Metro Manila

So, what’s pancit cabagan like? I asked my ever present pancit buddy as we were going through a plate of pancit batil patong at Ed’s Panciteria in Tuguegarao. She said that it’s a bit similar to what we were having now, except they use hard-boiled quail eggs and pork instead of poached chicken eggs and carabeef. Plus, she went on, it’s much more saucy.

That got me really curious, with my love affair with pancit batil patong, I guess it really wouldn’t hurt to fall in love with another northern noodle dish.

Mia's Special Pansit Cabagan Metro Manila
PANCIT CABAGAN IN METRO MANILA? YES!

Fast forward some years later and I finally got to have a taste of pancit cabagan at nowhere else but at the town of Cabagan in the province of Isabela. It was as my buddy told me, except at Eddie’s Panciteria, where we had a plate of the said dish, they use chicken eggs.

Mia's Special Pansit Cabagan Metro Manila
MIA’S UNASSUMING FACADE

It took another year before I got to have a taste of Isabela’s favorite noodle concoction, and surprisingly, it was in Metro Manila. Yes, pancit cabagan is secretly making its way across the streets of the metro.

I’ve heard about Mia’s Special Pansit Cabagan from a reader who recommended it after reading how crazy I was with pancit batil patong. The place is located a few minutes away from Welcome Rotonda, and since we’re passing through the area one afternoon en route to Quiapo, we decided to hop off the jeepney we were on and decided to give it a try.

Mia's Special Pansit Cabagan Metro Manila
INSIDE MIA’S PANCITERIA

Like most panciterias in Manila, it was an air-cooled type eatery which directly opens to Quezon City’s busy N. Roxas street. It wasn’t stifling hot though, thank goodness for electric fans.

From their board, we saw that not only do they serve pancit cabagan, but they also have the usual silogs plus bulalo and papaitan—another popular dish from up north.

Mia's Special Pansit Cabagan Metro Manila
FREE BATIL SOUP FOR STARTERS

We asked for two plates of pancit cabagan, a bowl of bulalo and a serving of papaitan. Please don’t judge us, we were hungry and Mia’s prices were quite affordable, haha.

While waiting for our orders, we were served with a mini-bowl of soup which was very similar to pancit batil patong’s batil, an egg drop soup made from pork stock sprinkled with chopped onion greens. We were quite surprised, as this is usually not paired with pancit cabagan.

Mia's Special Pansit Cabagan Metro Manila
MADDULO KAMU OR WELCOME, AS PASTOR TOM GREETED US

Pastor Tom, the owner’s brother and current manager explained to us that they use it to keep customers from waiting too long for their noodles to arrive. He told us that they cook their pansit on a per order basis for its best taste; and that takes a bit of time. Not a bad idea.

Papaitan at Mia's Special Pansit Cabagan Metro Manila
MIA’S SUPER SINFUL PAPAITAN (PHP 70.00)

The first one to arrive on our table was the papaitan. It looks quite similar to the Batangas goto we’ve had at Tagaytay’s Mahogany Market in that it’s made with nothing but innards. This dish is not for the faint of heart, literally and figuratively. It was quite good and has none of that funky malansa aftertaste usually associated with such dishes. In fact, we loved it so much that we ordered a cup of rice. Might as well, haha.

PANCIT CABAGAN (PHP 70.00) FINALLY!

We were halfway through the papaitan when our pancit cabagan arrived. It looked drool-worthy from looks alone. The miki or noodles, which is shipped all the way from Isabela, is topped by strips of carrots, cabbages, crushed chicharon, spring onions, pork igado and chopped crispy lechon kawali. Off the side, submerged on its overflowing savory sauce were two perfectly hard-boiled quail eggs.

Dip at Mia's Special Pansit Cabagan Metro Manila
CURIOUS CHOICE OF CONDIMENTS, I REMEMBER USING VINEGAR IN CABAGAN

A quick mix of soy sauce, another one straight from Isabela, chopped red onions and calamansi and we’re digging through our noodles like we never had rice just a moment ago. Mia’s pansit cabagan is really, really good! It was as legit as the ones I’ve had in Cabagan itself. It is worthy to note that their cook hails from Isabela too. Serving size is quite generous and might even be too much for people with small appetites.

Bulalo at Mia's Special Pansit Cabagan Metro Manila
BULALO SPECIAL (PHP 120.00) FOR DESSERTS? POSSIBLE.

For dessert (dessert?!), a steaming bowl of bulalo was laid on our table. Honestly, we were super full from the noodles, but a single sip of its hot soup promised heaven on Earth. This is one bulalo I wouldn’t dare miss! So, what the heck, one more rice please!


Mia’s Special Pansit Cabagan
Address: Nicanor Roxas Street cor. Isarog Street,
    Quezon City, Metro Manila (near Welcome Rotonda)
Contact Number: (02) 742-3844 | (0936) 736-1984
Email: miaspansitcabagan003@gmail.com
Facebook: Click Here
Open Hours: 07:00 AM to 10:00 PM Everyday

GPS Coordinates Map: 14.622681, 120.998405


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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

7 comments:

  1. wow kay sarap naman yan namimiss ko ang best pancit ng norte batil patong at cabagan... pero di ko trip yung may toppings na hotdog hehehe

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    1. Haha ako rin actually, ayoko yung hotdog na toppings, mas okay kung longganisa or chorizo :)

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  2. Oh may gawd! Hanggang ngayun di ko pa din na try yung mga pansit batil patong na recommended mo and now pansit Cabagan at bulalo naman!

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  3. Ang sarap itsura pa lang. Paano magcommute papunta roon pagbaba sa Welcome Rotonda-Quezon Av?

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    1. From Welcome Rotonda, you may ride a jeep and ask to be dropped at N. Roxas Street or you can also walk :)

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  4. Nice post, things explained in details. Thank You.

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