Longing for Pancit Puso

When the Pancit King initially planned his Cavite roadtrip, the primary purpose is to try Pancit Puso. 5 years ago I also went to Cavite city hoping to try this dish. According to my research then, it is only available at Cavite city’s public market. Unfortunately when I got there, I was told that it is only being served in the morning. Fast forward to last week, I’m back in this city. This time, with fresh new research on a restaurant that is actually serving this dish anytime of the day – Asao. Actually Asao is also the same restaurant where I tried Pansate on my last week’s story (please see previous post).

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Asao’s Restaurant, Cavite City
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Asao’s Pancit Puso

Pancit Puso is a version of miki-bihon. It is cooked with pork, green beans, carrot strips and slices of cabbage topped with fried garlic and chicharon. Its uniqueness is the addition of annatto (atchuete) as flavoring and natural coloring that gives it a yellow-orange hue. It is the same natural component used in other famous Filipino dishes such as kare-kare and of course the infamous pandit palabok. “Puso” refers to the souring agent that compliments this noodle dish making use of paksiw na puso ng saging – sliced banana heart cooked in vinegar. Personally, I’m not a big fan of vinegar as condiment for pancit as I would prefer the usual calamansi. The puso condiment gives this Caviteno dish a really remarkable addition to the taste and texture. The liquid is not as sour as pure vinegar would be – just like the ones used with Pancit Habhab. And the banana heart itself gives it a somewhat fruity and leafy bite. Asao is serving Pancit Puso starting at Php.65.00 for solo orders. They also serve bulk orders in bilao.

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Pancit Center’s Pancit Puso (courtesy of pancitcenter.com)

In celebration of Valentine’s, Pancit Center, located at Pioneer St. in Kapitolyo, Pasig, is serving Pancit Puso for the whole month of February. Get to try Pancit Puso closer to home, within Metro Manila from February 1-28, 2017. For more details, you may visit their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thePancitCenter

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