Savor Pidigan’s delicious yet cheap pansit miki

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This is already a meal in itself! Filling, delicious, lots of meat and savory!
This is already a meal in itself! Filling, delicious, lots of meat and savory!

I was not really feeling well when me and Elric, from the Office of the Vice Governor of Abra toured me around Bangued and surrounding municipalities where we visited several places including Calaba Bridge. But what the heck. I was there for a few days more after our epic three day trek in the hinterlands of Tubo.

Before heading to the Pidigan church ruins, we stopped at Rico’s Pansitan for early lunch. Located just right beside the highway near the gasoline station at the junction going to the town proper, I was quite excited to finally taste for myself Abra’s pansit miki.

Pansit miki, I was told, is quite popular in Abra and, as Edmar said, seems each town has their own version differing in the type of toppings included. I’ve tasted this noodle dish in Batac, opposite the empanadahan but wasn’t happy with the taste. It was just too salty for my taste.

Elric ordered the deluxe pansit miki. When it was served, I was amazed! Large bowls, filled with wide flat noodles, lots of strips of pork and one boiled egg. It has a a side dish of nilaga broth. I was told that the noodles are hand made and the pork comes from pig’s head which is boiled for three hours. The soup is yellowish, said to be colored with achuete and differs with Batac’s which is orange in color.

I took a sip, the broth was savory. Well seasoned. It brings you memories of home and rainy days. The noodles, al dente, firm and not soggy. The meat was delicious too, soft and tender and well flavoured. If I didn’t have some tummy problems, I would have finished all.

Rico’s Pansitan is popular with its miki. It’s Vice Governor Chari Bersamin’s favorite stopover. Other than the noodle dish, the serve tradtional Ilocano food. And how much per bowl? P35. Yes, for a big, filling bowl, it was so cheap. Add P15 and you have super deluxe pansit miki with extra meat. If you’re really on a budget, you prices start at P15 for the ordinary.

A delicious and filling treat, one of the regional pansit dishes that you should try!
A delicious and filling treat, one of the regional pansit dishes that you should try!
Rico's Pansitan is a popular pansit miki place along the highway near the junction to Pidigan town proper
Rico’s Pansitan is a popular pansit miki place along the highway near the junction to Pidigan town proper
A not so busy early lunch. People come and go anytime.
A not so busy early lunch. People come and go anytime.

My gratitude to Vice Governer Chari Bersamin for giving me this opportunity to explore Abra. To Elric and Edmar who were my companions in exploring wild Tubo and around Bangued.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

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