Back in 2010, I was able to try an unforgettable pancit dish that to me was simply divine – Pancit Langlang.
But first, let me clarify what Pancit Langlang is. I first heard of it in Dr. Jose Rizal’s El Filibusterismo:
“Mga ginoo; ang pansit-langlang ay siyang sopas na pinakamabuti! —ang sigaw ni Makaraig; —gaya nang makikita ninyo, Sandoval, ang halo ay kabuti, hipon, tiniping itlog, sutanghon, manok, at hindi ko na maalaman kung ano pa. Bilang pamago ay ihandog natin ang mga buto kay D. Custodio; tingnan natin, magpanukala siya tungkol dito!”
Based on my research, this soup version may be tried at an eatery in Binondo which I haven’t found yet. It is also being served in a canteen in Imus, Cavite but their version is somewhat closer to Pancit Mami. Interestingly, Pancit Langlang is also being eaten in Sta. Rosa, Laguna but is a stir-fried variety of thin miki now popularly known as Pancit Grade 1. In Iloilo they also have Pancit Langlang – while it is also a soup, it is far different from the El Fili description as it is more like Pancit Molo but has the ground meat separated from the wrapper (the strips of molo wrapper being called by Ilonggos as “langlang”) The Pancit Langlang of Batangas on the other hand is made up of a mixture of frsh miki noodles and thin bihon noodles cooked guisado-style with vegetables and meats – this is the Pancit Langlang I am referring to in this post. As described by the cook of Hapag Filipino in Lipa, it is called as such because the noodles were cooked by infusing whatever vegetable and meat are available – “kung anu-ano lang”.
Going back to this place a month ago gave me the same nostalgic feeling. What the cook described as “kung anu-ano lang” is actually composed of chunks of pork liempo, huge slices of squid, real shrimps and generous amounts of baguio beans, carrots and cabbage. If these are not enough, they also added loads of garlic and onions as part of the guisado not just as garnish – perfect for my taste. For 200Php, the serving is already good for 2-3 people perfect as compliment to their other Filipino food specialties. Truly Hapag Filipino’s Pancit Langlang is one of the best pancit for the Pancit King!
Hapag Filipino: Gen. Luna St., Sabang, Lipa City, Batangas