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