Bangued miki

Is this where you can eat the best miki in Bangued?

A hot, steaming and wonderfully delicious bowl of miki

A hot, steaming and wonderfully delicious bowl of miki

Just imagine this: very early in the morning, as the sun is still a little above the horizon and you are already sitting at this residence cum panciteria with a hot steaming bowl of miki infront of you. It’s yellowish with thicker than usual strips of handmade noodles irregularly cut swimming in that broth and strips of brown meat as well as a freshly broken egg (or if you opt a hard boiled egg).

You took a spoonful of the soup, blow to cool it a little bit before putting it in your mouth. And you just close your eyes in surrender, the taste of the savory soup was akin to being in ecstasy. Hot and warm, pork flavored and a few seconds, the spicyness kicks in. It warms your belly and you just feel oh so good. You open your eyes and have another spoonful before taking in the noodles, egg and meat.

It was the second time I’ve tasted Abrenian miki, the first was in Piddigan which was delicious. But my hosts brought me to another, this time, just in Bangued, in Patucannay which is a little bit outside the town proper, much farther than the Partas Terminal.

Baldara’s Pansitan has been there for more than ten years and just looks like an ordinary residential house with a smaller structure beside it which has tables and chairs at the front, the inside and the back. As my host said, it’s one of the best, if not the best in Bangued.

You can actually watch how the miki is being prepared and cooked. When we were there, a man (image below) was slicing boiled meat taken from the head part as a pile of jawbones were placed at his side. The noodles is made from scratch and you have the option of having a hard boiled egg or one that is uncooked.

The broth is really good. It has that savory, well seasoned taste although you can add some seasoning if you’re not satisfied with the saltiness. You can also add in vinegar with lots of chili. While it was quite filling, good for a morning breakfast, the noodles though are not evenly cooked.

You have to start early though as the volume is enough for the morning and usually they are done by 0930H, especially on weekends. There are a lot of diners coming in ranging from neighbors, bikers and joggers, all filling the tables. Many do arrive in cars for that morning miki.

Empty bowls

Empty bowls

Bangued miki

Savoring an early morning bowl of miki is just so filling!

Savoring an early morning bowl of miki is just so filling!

The kitchen also has a dining space where diners eagerly await their bowl of miki

The kitchen also has a dining space where diners eagerly await their bowl of miki

Tender meat from the head is cut evenly with a knife

Tender meat from the head is cut evenly with a knife

Vinegar, chilis, chilis and chilis!

Vinegar, chilis, chilis and chilis!

On the table, these bowls  filled with meat and egg will then be filled with the flavorful broth

On the table, these bowls filled with meat and egg will then be filled with the flavorful broth

The front dining area filled with early morning diners

The front dining area filled with early morning diners

GETTING THERE: Baldara’s Pansitan is located in Patucannay in Bangued, Abra and is so out of the way, far from the town center. Hire a tricycle and tell the driver to bring you to the pansitan in Patucannay and he should know about it as it is quite popular.

Thnx to Vice Governor Chari Bersamin for the invite.

Baldara’s Pansitan
Patucannay, 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. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

2 Comments

  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    April 9, 2015 @ 15:44

    Is this where you can eat the best miki in Bangued?: A hot, steaming and wonderfully delicious bowl of miki
    Ju… http://t.co/KWuMzCEEq4

  2. Uptourist
    April 16, 2015 @ 15:02

    I have to admit that I am not really a fan of fat noodles with soup. I would rather get bihon or angel hair. But then that shot just makes my mouth water.

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