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#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor – Philippines

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

Here’s one I tried a long time ago and I found in the USA, but this one I found up in Canada. Curious if it’s changed. Let’s find out!

Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor – Philippines

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, boil noodles in water for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

The noodle block.

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

A dry sachet.

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

A light powder.

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

A wet dual sachet.

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

Seasoned oil and soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, boiled beef, spring onion, and fried onion. The noodles are light and a little fluffy and there’s a whole lot of them. The flavor is very good – a salt and spicy and citrus with just a hint of sweetness. Everything goes together well. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4800016556517.

#3190: Payless Xtra Big Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi Flavor - Philippines

Pancit Canton Xtra Big Chilimansi Flavor (Pack of 3)

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#3181: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Savory Beef Flavor – Philippines

#3181: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Savory Beef Flavor - Philippines

This one was found up in Richmond, BC at the SuperStore. What’s funny about this one? Well, it shows chopsticks on the cup and has a fork inside. I’ve been given a ration of insults and criticism for using a fork. I really don’t understand why; I mean, here’s an Asian variety with a fork. I think it’s common for Westerners to immediately go to ‘Asian people use chopsticks and if you use them wrong you suck’ kind of thing. My logic is that if I’m in Asia, I’ll use a pair of chopsticks. In Thailamd they use a fork to push food onto a spoon and then eat it, so I did that while there. It really doesn’t matter what tool you decide to use, it’s about eating a meal, right?

Anyways back to more important matters. What’s pancit you ask? Here’s something from Wikipedia –

In Filipino cuisinepancit are noodlesNoodles were introduced into the Philippines early on by Chinese Filipino settlers in the archipelago, and over the centuries have been fully adopted into local cuisine, of which there are now numerous variants and types. The term pancit is derived from the Hokkien pian i sit (Chinese便ê食Pe̍h-ōe-jīpiān-ê-si̍t or Chinese便食pinyinbiàn shí) which literally means “convenient food.”[1] Different kinds of noodles can be found in Filipino supermarkets which can then be cooked at home. Noodle dishes are also standard fare in local restaurants. Food establishments specializing in noodles are often referred to as panciterias.

Nancy Reyes Lumen of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism writes that according to food lore handed down from the Chinese, noodles should be eaten on one’s birthday.[1] They are therefore commonly served at birthday celebrations and Chinese restaurants in the Philippines often have “birthday noodles” listed on their menus. However, she warns that since “noodles represent long life and good health”, they must not be cut, as that would “corrupt the symbolism.”[1]

Pancit is a derivative of a type of noodle(s) that originated in China but pancit which is different in its own aspect originated in the Philippines. The fact that pancit is eaten and part of Filipino culture means that it was most likely brought over from settlers originating in China or East Asia.

Well, there you go – pancit means noodles. Let us begin.

Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Savory Beef Flavor – Philippines

#3181: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Savory Beef Flavor - Philippines

An import/distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#3181: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Savory Beef Flavor - Philippines

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef.. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Drain. add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3181: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Savory Beef Flavor - Philippines

The noodle block.

#3181: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Savory Beef Flavor - Philippines

A dry and a wet sachet. No contents pics today – we got a few inches of snow last night and I woke up to a big flash and heard electronics clicking. I figure getting everything ready fast as possible’s probably a good plan.

#3181: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Savory Beef Flavor - Philippines

Loose bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added roast beef lunch meat, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and fried garlic. The noodles are slightly broader than others I usually see from the Philippines. They had a nice soft tooth and were of good character. The flavor was definitely on the Filipino side of the spectrum – nice beef with other flavors going on. This seemed more pancit than yakisoba and was pretty good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4800016551871.

#3181: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Savory Beef Flavor - Philippines

Owiekdmf Men’s Nissin Food Sweatshirt Hoodie XL Light Grey

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#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor – Philippines

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

Woot woot! It is so rare these days I can get my hands on a variety from the Philippines that I’ve not reviewed yet and so I’m really stoked on this one. What’s interesting is that there are two Nissin companies in the Philippines. Nissin Monde and Nissin Universal Robina. Nissin Monde is actually a company that first started out selling biscuits. Nissin Universal-Robina is an arm of the well known Japanese empire of instant noodles. Nissin Monde is responsible for the Lucky Me! brand. Kind of interesting and odd. Anyways, let’s check this yakisoba out!

Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor – Philippines

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

Detail of the import sticker (click to enlarge).

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare add boiling water to fill line for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

The noodle block.

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

A dry sachet.

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

A light powder.

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

A wet sachet.

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

A thick oily paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added green onion. The noodles had a little more chewiness than I expected, but that wasn’t a bad thing. The tough part was getting the liquid sachet content to distribute. But once I did, this was quite enjoyable! A nice sweetness, spiciness, and hint of chicken taste worked well. As for being yakisoba, that was a little stretch but whatever you call it, it was good. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4800016551864.

#3146: Nissin Yakisoba Instant Pancit Spicy Chicken Flavor - Philippines

History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos

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#2961: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Flavor

#2961: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Flavor

Yep – another one from our trip to the Real Canadian Superstore! Cup Noodles from the Philippines! Rad! You know, it can be real tough for me to find new stuff from the Philippines and when I do,m I’m very happy. This is a little plastic cup victory, finding this! Let’s check it out.

Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Flavor – Philippines

#2961: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Flavor

The import/distribution sticker (click to enlarge).

#2961: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Flavor

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2961: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Flavor

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2961: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Flavor

The noodle block.

#2961: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Flavor

Loose bits and seasoning from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles are slightly more squarish than other Cup Noodles varieties. Also, a little crumbly – although this went well with the broth which kind of had a buttery seafood taste. Bits of crab stick and a welcome little bit of sliced ginger were very nice. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4800016552038.

Nissin Japanese YAKISOBA Ramen Udon Soba 3p set Cup noodle Seafood

A Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood TV spot from the Philippines

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Philippines Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Philippines Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

As I mentioned at the begginning of the Top Ten Japanese list, I have added a little chat option to the site. If I’m available, I can turn it on on my phone and people can ask me questions or comment while they browse the website. Thus far, the most questions and comments are from the Philippines. I thought hey – why isn’t there a top ten Philippines list? I haven’t reviewed many from the Philippines lately and I kind of hope companies in the Philippines that make instant noodles might be interested in having me review their products – if so, please contact me. I would love to do an annual list for the Philippines, however without more reviews, there’s not a whole lot of reason to do so. So let’s have a look! These are my favorite Filipino varieties from the over 2,500 reviews I’ve posted to date.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Philippines Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

Video Presentation

This is a presentation of the top ten with commentary by The Ramen Rater.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Philippines Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

#10: Lucky Me! Supreme Seafood Flavor Big Cup

#10: Lucky Me! Supreme Seafood Flavor Big Cup

The noodles have a light gauge and chew – there’s a decent amount of them, and they don’t exhibit any mushiness or sponginess. The broth is very luxuriant – kind of a milky and creamy seafood affair. Definitely a comfort food feel to it. Original review

#9: Lucky Me! Beef Na Beef Instant Noodles

#9: Lucky Me! Beef Na Beef Instant Noodles

The noodles have a nice gauge and good texture to them – nice quantity too. The broth has a very beefy flavor – not one brought about like bouillon does but more like stewed beef. The garnish worked just right. If you like beef, you’ll really love this. Original review

#8: Lucky Me! Special Instant Curly Spaghetti With Yummy Red Sauce

#8: Lucky Me! Special Instant Curly Spaghetti With Yummy Red Sauce

The noodles are definitely large gauge – larger than ramyun even. They also have an excellent chewiness to them. The flavor is a sweet tomato sauce which coats everything quite well. Original review

#7: Lucky Me! Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Original Flavor

#7: Lucky Me! Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Original Flavor

The noodles have a great gauge and chew. The flavor is like a salty and garlic kind of thing which is really quite enjoyable. The dry component seems to give it an almost chicken kind of sense whereas the oil and sauce lend to it an oiliness and more garlic flavor which round things out. As I’ve said before, this is much like mee goreng and is very good! Original review

#6: Lucky Me! Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Sweet & Spicy Flavor

#6: Lucky Me! Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Sweet & Spicy Flavor

The noodles have a nice standard gauge with a light spring. The chew is right for this application. The flavor is like a nice sweet and spicy with butter and salt kind of thing. Original review

#5: Lucky Me! Special Instant Noodles Jjamppong Flavor

#5: Lucky Me! Special Instant Noodles Jjamppong Flavor

The noodles are thin and have a nice lightness to them – much like one would find in a cup noodle but a little different. The broth has a very good spiciness and seafood flavor which I would expect in a jjamppong instant and works well. The solid ingredients hydrated well and were of excellent quality. Original review

#4: Lucky Me! Special Baked Mac Style Instant Macaroni

#4: Lucky Me! Special Baked Mac Style Instant Macaroni

The noodles have a nice shape and chew to them. The sauce is very good – it has a sweetness and tomato flavor and is frequently augmented with bits of textured vegetable protein which are just like little bits of real hamburger. This was a very pleasant surprise. Original review

 

#3: Quickchow Pancit Canton Toyo-Mansi

#3: Quickchow Pancit Canton Toyo-Mansi

Well I must say this is stupendous and wonderful stuff and I could eat it every day.  I like the noodles and the flavor has a kind of spicy and citrus flavor. Original review

#2: Payless Xtra Big Chilimansi Pancit Canton

#2: Payless Xtra Big Chilimansi Pancit Canton

The noodles were awesome and very tasty! A bit of chili flavor, a bit citrus. Kind of sweet and salty too. Everything played off of eachother and it was like listening to some groovy funky music but it was going from the bowl into my facehole, getting chewed and into the great oblivious beyond that is my digestive system. Good good stuff – stuff of poetry and philosophy. Original review

#1: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Extra Hot Chili Flavor

#1: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Extra Hot Chili Flavor

The noodles as always in their pancit canton are just right – good gauge and chew. They are complimented this time with a nice coating of salty and spicy flavors that were really good – and the spiciness was definitely more than adequate. Original review

#2694: Nissin Cup Noodles Batchoy Flavor

#2694: Nissin Cup Noodles Batchoy Flavor

Found these while up in Canada. So my wife found a show a while back called 90 Day Fiancee where two people either meet online or when one is on vacation in a foreign country and think they want to be married. It then follows their process of getting a visa to spend 90 days in the United States and then whether they indeed are married or not. There’s a new show called Before The 90 Days before a proposal has been made. So on this show, we were watching and they follow a man who goes to the Philippines and meets a girl he’s been talking to online. Well, she picks him up at the airport and the next day brings him to her family’s home and they put on a big spread and cook up Lechon. Lechon is a roast pig, turned over a fire pit for hours and hours that’s been stuffed with chicken and vegetables like spring onion.  Long story short, her family is far from wealthy and they came together to make this big feast and he turns his nose up at it.

The girl is totally offended and floored as was I. He’s going all this way over to the Philippines, offered a traditional feast in his honor and wusses out. I mean what an ass… If you’re going to try and marry someone from a foreign country, you’re marrying the person, which includes hopefully giving a crap about their cultural background. We see this time and time again on these shows – It’s almost like these folks want to get married, but as for their culture, they can ditch that part – ‘they’ll get into the USA and then they can just get used to that.’

Pretty short sighted in my opinion. It’s like they think they’re under the impression that they are rescuing them from their cultural background. When you get married, you kind of (not kind of actually – completely) get the whole package. I think it’s disturbing to think someone wouldn’t be also enamored with the cultural background of someone.

My wife and I were married after only knowing eachother for six and a half months. We got a lot of the same kinds of concerns as people’s friends and family have for them in the shows – ‘be careful,’ ‘think about this.’ Luckily for us, it worked out great. My son Andy at the time thought Kit was from another country – California. In a way, it was kind of a different country to me – always hot, palm trees everywhere. I think that’s why we find the show interesting.

Anyways, today it’s a variety from the Philippines – batchoy. Here’s a little info from Wikipedia –

Batchoy is a noodle soup made with pork organs, crushed pork cracklingschicken stockbeef loin and round noodles.[1] Its origins can be traced to the district of La Paz, Iloilo City in the Philippines, hence it is often referred to as La Paz Batchoy.

Ingredients include pork organs (liver, spleen, kidneys and heart) crushed pork cracklingsbeef loin, shrimp broth, and round noodles or miki. The noodles are similar to spaghetti, but are generally a bit finer.

Oil is heated in a stock-pot. The pork organs, shrimp, chicken and beef are stir-fried for about a minute. Soy sauce is then added. The shrimp is then added and left to simmer for a few minutes. This broth is then added to a bowl of noodles and topped with leeks, pork cracklings (chicharon) and sometimes a raw egg is cracked on top.

Most Filipinos eat the soup using spoon and fork. The soup is generally consumed first, the liquid broth rounds out the meal. Diners are encouraged to ask for a second, third, or even a fourth helping of kaldo (Hiligaynon, “broth”).

Well, I don’t have any organ meaty (often referred to as ‘offal’), so I’m going to have to wing it with garnish. Let’s have a look at this interesting little cup!

Nissin Cup Noodles Batchoy Flavor – The Philippines

#2694: Nissin Cup Noodles Batchoy Flavor

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover 3 minutes. finally, stir and enjoy!

#2694: Nissin Cup Noodles Batchoy Flavor

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2694: Nissin Cup Noodles Batchoy Flavor

The noodle block.

#2694: Nissin Cup Noodles Batchoy Flavor

Loose seasoning from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added pork, fried garlic, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles are plentiful and pretty good. The broth has a very deep kind of beef pork and other things kind of taste; a melange if you will. It all comes together in a way I only know as Filipino as Lots of garlic taste and a chicharrone taste as well. I’ve had many Filipino instant noodle varieties – however, I haven’t ever had Filipino food – something I definitely need to do. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4800016552076.

#2694: Nissin Cup Noodles Batchoy Flavor

My Mother’s Philippine Recipes: Filipino Cookbook Recipes from Asian in America

A TV commercial for this product

Re-Review: Quickchow Instant Bihon Guisado Instant Rice Noodles Saute

So my sister got me a neat plate a couple weeks ago at Shipwreck Day. Shipwreck Day is like a big citywide garage sale up in Anacortes, Washington – my hometown. The plate was part of a set and the lady didn’t want to break up the set, but my sister came back a little later and the lady gave in and let her buy one after she mentioned what I would use it for. The lady was originally from the Philippines and was a travel agent. I decided maybe I ought to do a review of something from the Philippines in honor of her relenting, and that’s what today’s review is about. Bihon is like bihun – it’s rice noodles. I reviewed this one originally almost 5 years ago – and really didn’t like it. Wondering if my palate might be a little more interested, I thought it’d be nice to try again, and so here we are – let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, boil noodles and contents of veggie sachet for 2 minutes.  Drain well. Add in contents of remaining sachets and stir well. Enjoy!

The rice noodle block.

The dry seasoning sachet.

A grainy powder.

A dual sachet – seasoned oil on the left and soy sauce on the right.

The liquids co-mingling.

The vegetables sachet.

Some little bits!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added spring onion, shrimp and barbecue pork. The noodles were definitely an issue for me. They were way too chewy; it just didn’t work for me. The flavor on the other hand was very nice – sweet, salty and balanced. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t enough. 1.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4804888800990.

The Filipino Cookbook: 85 Homestyle Recipes to Delight Your Family and Friends

Check out the sandwiches! Awesome!

#1645: Lucky Me! Supreme Jjamppong Korean Style Spicy Seafood Soup

I recently reviewed a South Korean Jjajang instant noodle. Well, here’s another double J named instant noodle! Jjamppong! So, what’s jjamppong? Wikipedia has this to say:

Jjamppong (Korean: 짬뽕, Chinese name: 炒碼麵), a spicy noodle soup flavored with onions and chili oil. A form of jjamppong is also the local Chinese specialty in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki (see Chanpon). The noodles are made from wheat flour.

Seafood sounds good! Let’s check it out!

 Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, empty sachets into bowl. Add boiling water to line and steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

 Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

The solid ingredients sachet.

Little bits of fish perhaps.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge).  Added crab stick, fish ball, sliced squid, shrimp, kamaboko, mung bean sprouts and white onion. The noodles are of a thin gauge although made from wheat and have a nice soft texture. The broth has a definitely spicy seafood taste which I really liked. The garnish hydrated well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770272646.

Not a fan of seafood? Try out this Lucky Me Supreme Instant Noodles Bulalo Flavor 65g Pack of 8

A new TV spot from Lucky Me!

#1611: Lucky Me! Supreme Seafood Flavor Big Cup

Lucky Me! is a line by Filipino brand Monde Nissin. I thought today sounded like a good seafood day! Let’s see what we have here!

The distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge).

 A very colorful detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A seafood scented powder.

The solid ingredients sachet.

Corn and other bits.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added corn, carved squid, fish ball, sweet onion, shrimp and spring onion. The noodles have a light gauge and chew – there’s a decent amount of them, and they don’t exhibit any mushiness or sponginess. The broth is very luxuriant – kind of a milky and creamy seafood affair. Definitely a comfort food feel to it. The vegetables hydrated pretty well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770272936.

They also have a Pinoy Chicken variety.

A student made TV commercial!

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Extra Hot Chili Flavor

Today, we say farewell to the Monde Nissin Meet The Manufacturer! It’s been really neat to try all of these different varieties one right after the other – this is the 15th review! I do up to 15 in a row during an MTM. I thought today would definitely be fitting for something hot and spicy. Why you ask?

When we got up this morning, it was 19 degrees outside. That’s -7C! Whatever temperature scale you use, that’s pretty cold. Taking the dogs out in this weather is a tough go, especially when they decide to take their time in picking a spot to do their business (if you have pugs, you’ll understand). I usually take them out a few minutes before I start cooking, and so I should get a good bit of chill in my bones that some spicy food will help relieve. Let’s check out this last one, Lucky Me! Pancit Canton Extra Hot Chili flavor!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain noodles. On a plate, add sachet contents and stir together. Finally, add noodles and combine with seasonings. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry seasonings sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

A dual sachet of seasoned oil and sauce.

The oil and sauce co-mingling. As you can see, the oil is kind of solid. This can happen and isn’t a sign of the oil being bad in any way, just cold.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef and spring onion and fried egg. The noodles as always in their pancit canton are just right – good gauge and chew. They are complimented this time with a nice coating of salty and spicy flavors that were really good – and the spiciness was definitely more than adequate. A very nice note to end this Meet The Manufacturer on. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770271229.

If you want to get some of this Lucky Me! Pancit Canton Extra Hot Chili flavor, here’s where to get it!

A Lucky Me! Extra Hot Chili TV spot.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Lucky Me! Special Instant Pancit Bihon With Kalamansi

Rice vvermicelli isknown by many names in the world; bihun, beehoon, bihon – it’s all the same thing! One thing though – these noodles are made with corn starch! But pancit – let’s see what wikipedia has to say:

Pancit or pansit is the term for noodles in Filipino cuisine. Noodles were introduced into the Philippines by the Chinese and have since been adopted into local cuisine. The term pancit is derived from the Hokkien pian i sit (Chinese: 便ê食; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: piān-ê-si̍t or Chinese: 便食; pinyin: biàn shí) which means “something conveniently cooked fast.”[1] Different kinds of noodles can be found in Filipino supermarkets which can then be cooked at home. Noodle dishes are also standard fare in local restaurants. Food establishments specializing in noodles are often referred to as panciterias.

Nancy Reyes Lumen of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism writes that according to food lore handed down from the Chinese, noodles should be eaten on one’s birthday.[1] They are therefore commonly served at birthday celebrations and Chinese restaurants in the Philippines often have “birthday noodles” listed on their menus. However, she warns that since “noodles represent long life and good health; they must not be cut short so as not to corrupt the symbolism.”[1]

Another one here is kalamansi. What is that? Again, wikipedia:

Citrofortunella microcarpa, the calamondin or calamansi, is a fruit tree in the family Rutaceae in native Asia. Other English language common names include calamonding, calamandarin, golden lime, Philippine lime,Panama orange, Chinese orange, and acid orange.[1] Its cultivation has spread throughout Southeast Asia, India, Hawaii, the West Indies, and Central and North America.[2] The plant is characterized by wing-like appendages on the leaf stalks and white or purplish flowers. Its fruit has either a spongy or leathery rind with a juicy pulp that is divided into sections.

The fruit is indigenous and widely cultivated in the Philippines (Tagalog: calamansi or kalamansî [kɐlɐmɐnˈsɪʔ]; Visayan: limonsito or simuyaw [sɪˈmujɐw]), Malaysia (Also known as limau kasturi) and neighboring northern parts of Indonesia. It is available year-round in the Philippines and is usually seen in its unripened green state. When left to ripen it turns a tangerine orange.

I has always thought that kalamansi was just the Filipino word for lime! Now it sounds more like a smaller kind of thing, like a lime and a kumquat combined. Interesting! Let’s check out Lucky Me! Special Bihon – with kalamansi!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free, but check for yourself. To prepare, add vegetables sachet content and noodle block to a bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover for 4 minutes and drain. Add in contents of remaining sachets and stir well. Enjoy!

The bihon block.

The powder base sachet.

A light powder.

A dual sachet of seasoned oil and sauce.

The two seen here co-mingling.

The vegetables sachet.

An interesting mix – looks to be green onion and regular onion.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added pork, sweet onion, spring onion, shrimp, carrot and bell pepper sauteed with soy sauce. The noodles are thin and light. They don’t have to strong of a chewiness which I liked in this one. The flavor is kind of a light meat kind of thing with a little sweet and savory in there but no spiciness. The garnish hydrated well and added a little something something. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770272547.

I couldn’t find the Bihon variety on Amazon, but here’s the Pancit Canton Kalamansi flavor!

A short documentary by the BBC about the Philippines.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Lucky Me! Supreme Bulalo Artificial Bone Marrow Flavor Instant Noodles

Bulalo sounds interesting – a beefy soup. I think I need more info though – here’s what wikipedia had to say:

Bulalo is a beef dish from the Philippines. It is a light colored soup that is made by cooking beef shanks and marrow bones until the collagen and fat has melted into the clear broth. Bulalo is native to the Southern Luzon region of the Philippines.

Many references have evolved regarding its origin. One of it says that this type of dish originated from Batangas where you find the many versions of Bulalo.[1] Other reference says that it actually came from Tagaytay in which there are a lot of cows.

Nice – sounds like a beefy affair. I’ve noticed that the beef flavors I’ve experienced through this Meet The Manufacturer have been going for a slow cooked simmered beef kind of thing which has been nice. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge).

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, open lid halfway and add in sachet contents. Fill to line with boiling water, re-cover, and steep for 3 minutes. Stir well and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a kind of fatty beef scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, spring onion, sweet onion and carrot I boiled desperately and added later. The noodles were a little on the spongy side at the end of the three minutes, but I found after a minute or two they became a little better. The broth has a nice beefy flavor. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 4807770271175.

Lucky Me Supreme Instant Noodles Bulalo Flavor 65g Pack of 8

A Lucky Me! Supreme Bulalo TV advertisement.