Traditional or Proper Way To Eat Pancit Hab-hab of Lucban

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the hab-hab way of eating... | Source

Have you heard "Pancit Hab-hab" or "Pancit Lucban"?

If not, this is one kind of pancit. Noodles that are made from rice flour and some ingredients and originated in Lucban, Quezon Philippines. Lucban, as what the folks say, is the little Baguio of Quezon because of its cold weather. Aside from great scenic views, the place is also known for their Pahiyas Festival (May 15) where "kiping" or edible rice sheets decoration can be seen all around the town.

Going back to Pancit Hab-hab, what makes this unique and interesting?

It is the way how this mouth watering noodle is being eaten. Others prefer to use fork but as the name implies, it should be eaten in "hab-hab" way.

This is the right way to eat it:

* First it should be placed on banana leaves which serve as the plate.

* Pour the vinegar (amount depends upon your preference) which usually with some pepper and black pepper for added spiciness and hotness -it's good to achieve the fusion of flavor!

* With the pancit on banana leaves, use your hand to move the pancit closer to your face, enough to pick it up (siphon) by your mouth. It is eaten straight off of the leaf.

* Then what's next?--just savor the sourness and spiciness and the pancit's unique taste even if it's just plain, no meat and other stuff added (it depends upon you if you want to add other stuff into it).

And this is the hab-hab way. Eating without any utensils and directly using your mouth, your hand is just a support. You can find this hawked in the streets of Lucban.

One more good thing about this pancit is--- it's cheap! When I was still in Lucban as a student, this only costs P5 (more or less $0.125) per serving, now they say it's P7 (more or less $0.175) but still it's cheap. This is a good filler for empty stomach esp. when you are on a tight budget. ^_^

Enjoy, yum yum!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I love pancit - and what a treat to be able to eat it naturally like this - wow! I must share this with my writing friend! She'll love it!

I don't have the banana leaves but I can buy the noodles here in New York City and I like adding just the seasonings you mentioned and the vinegar. I wish we had more fast foods like this for our children.

Thanks a million and rated up!


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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI

Oooh love this hub! BKCreative just sent it to me. My aunt makes pancit mixed with veggies and stuff but I never knew about the banana leaf. I feel like I've been missing out on the fun way of eating it now! Awesome hub!


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pinkhawk 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Author

@BkCreative- wohh thank you verryy mucchh for liking this, there are many variations of Pancit and this is one of my favorites... I'm not a native of Lucban but it serves as my home for years when I'm still a student. Since this pancit is cheap, it's a good filler for empty stomach esp. when I need to be thrifty..^_^!

Oh I never thought that this is also available there, glad to know it! ^_^

Thank you also for sharing it (Maraming Salamat po!)... ^_^


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pinkhawk 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Author

@theherviborehippi-- unique name! Thank you verryyy mucchhh for loving this. In Lucban, it's a normal way except if you're going to eat in other place or restaurants because they serve it along with spoon and fork. But anyway the "hab-hab" way is the style how this should be eaten as what the folks say. ^_^ Enjoy!!! Thanks again! ^_^


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

Have not tried eating pancit the hab-hab way but eating rice and viand in banana leaves with your hands during outings at the beach beneath nipa huts is a great experience..Noodles I usually use chopsticks (even spaghetti:)) .Do the ingredients in the pancit contain shrimps and squids like pancit "luglug" or "palabok"? thanks.


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pinkhawk 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Author

Hello SilentReed! ^_^ Yeah indeed, it's also a great way to bond with your friends or family when you share the same banana leaf as your plate like in boodle lunch...hmmm...well it's up to you if you want to add other stuffs to satisfy your taste or to make it more delicious, it's just that you can also have it as plain and the taste is still great...either way- enjoy eating! ^_^ Thanks for dropping by!


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DjBryle 5 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

Hey, Pink! You made me crave for pancit lucban, and some how try eating the "hab- hab" way.... =) Thanks for sharing! Voted up for a useful hub! =)


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Hi pinkhawk. I have not heard of pancit hab-hab before. Pancit and hab-hab, yes but not this combination. I love pancit and I´ll make this pancit hab-hab here for my German friends. I only have to be lucky finding banana leaves in an Asian shop. It would be funny looking at their faces eating pancit hab-hab. Thanks for sharing.

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