The term pancit is actually derived from Hokkien Chinese word, pian i sit (便ê食; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: piān-ê-si̍t or Chinese: 便食; pinyin: biàn shí). So obviously, it’s the Chinese who introduced noodles to us and since then we have adopted these into our local cuisine. With over 30 variations of pancit available all over the country, you’ll also never run out of finding these panciterias or shops specializing in noodles.
Interestingly, like rice, we Filipinos can eat pancit at any time of the day. We can chow it down for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Like me, most would eat pancit as it is, but for others, they would even mix it with rice, or with some leftover dish, or simply with dried fish and pickles.
Pancit is perhaps amongst the easiest Filipino dishes that I can cook while living here in Europe for several years now. For one, it’s very easy to find noodles of different kinds – vermicelli noodles in particular – in most Asian grocery stores.
Pancit is a very traditional and popular cuisine found in majority of Filipino restaurants, and certainly at dinner tables of Filipinos everywhere. Filipina mothers would whip up pancit for family gatherings.
Most especially during birthday celebrations, it has to be sure that the pancit noodles are kept long; for it’s been superstitiously believed that it represents long life and good health. In most Chinese restaurants in the Philippines, they often have “birthday noodles” as part of their special menus.
Since we moved here to Belgium, I’ve actually spent a good deal of time preparing dinners for family and friends at home. Then over spring and summer, I got so hooked in making soups and pasta dishes.
Go meat! A few meat dishes got my attention that I chose to share the recipes here. I always enjoyed preparing this herbed lamb with crushed potatoes; just placing everything in the oven and you get this luscious lamb dish in half a time. Bangkok’s lemongrass chicken stir-fry recipe was pretty interesting. Quite a lot of prep work but it just takes a couple of minutes of cooking everything together in the wok, then you get a delicious Asian curry dish. Then this chicken adobo with merguez was a happy experiment of sort.
My husband and I just visited their museum somewhere at the mountain top in Grossglochner. I had already expected that I’d only see these creatures on screen or at their “most preserved” forms.
“Turn around. Look!” hubby was calling me out in a forcibly hush tone, so as not to scare them and run away.
We stopped walking, and I couldn’t believe what I saw.
“For real, I’m finally meeting my furry kinds at last!” I jokingly reacted.
Marmots are large squirrels living in mountainous areas such as the Alps. These fluffy animals typically live in burrows and often within rock piles, and hibernate there through the winter. Most marmots are highly social and use loud whistles to communicate with one another.
I got thrilled right away to see Pisa on the itinerary for our honeymoon journey in Italy. Then my excitement waned when I began to realize one thing.
“Oh no… Am I supposed to ‘lean’ on it, like everybody does?”
‘Lean’ on the Tower of Pisa.
When we speak about Italy, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is amongst the firsts that pop in our heads. Pizza is another, but just because this Italian delicacy and the old city sound alike, I was tickled to death when I heard somebody claiming that pizza originated from Pisa. Mamma mia!