Here’s something you can try out at your homes from our friends from the northern part of the country–the Pancit Lusay!
It is a pancit dish which uses ingredients that are special and distinct from Ilocos itself, so you’re sure to try a food that’s new and exciting for your family and for your friends. It is truly a dish that makes our Ilocano friends proud.
Continue to read this recipe article below and see some of the tips and some tricks in cooking this yummy pancit lusay. There are also some trivia included so we can learn more about this delicious pancit.
What is Pancit Lusay?
The pancit lusay is a type of stir fried noodle dish unique from the province of Ilocos. It is traditionally made out of miki noodles or lusay noodles paired with Laoag longganisa along with a number of other ingredients such as garlic, onion, tomatoes, or bell peppers.
It comes with a signature spice or seasoning instead of the usual soy sauce or fish sauce. It uses the bagoong alamang or bagoong isda, which gives the whole pancit dish an overall distinct and unique but delicious taste.
What’s interesting is, this dish was said to be invented by the Ilocano people from leftover scraps of other noodles. This is because the people of Ilocos are known to be frugal, and that no food should be left wasted. So they made a dish using these noodles and paired it with their famous Laoag longganisa.
How to Make Pancit Lusay?
Making the pancit lusay at home is not as complicated as the other pancit counterparts, so don’t sweat too much thinking about how to make the perfect pancit lusay!
To start, all we have to think about is to cook the noodles–which is usually a straightforward job (and instructions are always included in the packages), prepare and cut the other ingredients, and then cook all of the ingredients in a single pan.
Notes on Ingredients
If you want to stay authentic with how you make the pancit lusay, you should use Ilocos longganisa (Vigan or Laoag longganisa), since it is unique in taste compared to the usual longganisa.
It is more loaded with spices and has a more garlic-y taste. But since it is not always available and not always accessible to a lot of people, it is okay to use the normal longganisa.
You can also add other ingredients to add flavor for the pancit, such as bell peppers, in addition to the tomatoes. Another notable ingredient we used here in this recipe is the shrimp paste or the bagoong alamang, but it can be replaced with a similar one like the fish paste, or what is called the bagoong isda.
Other Pancit Variations
Pancit lusay is one of the many types of Filipino-style pancit dishes all around the country. While this one is unique to Ilocos, there are some other pancit dishes you can try such as:
- Pancit Canton
- Pancit Palabok
- Pancit Luglug
- Pancit Bihon
- Pancit Sotanghon
- Pancit Malabon
- Pancit Habhab
- Pancit Lomi
- Pancit Molo
Be sure to try out these other pancit dishes too!
For a quick reference about this recipe, see the recipe table below:
Authentic Pancit Lusay Recipe
- Cooking Pan
- 500 g miki noodles, or egg noodles
- 4 pcs Ilocos longganisa, sliced
- 1 pc tomato, cut into small serving pieces
- 1 pc medium-sized onion, chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 stalks spring onion, chopped
- 3 pcs egg, beaten
- 2 tbsp shrimp paste, (bagoong alamang)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 3 tbsp cooking oil, for sauteing
- Cook the noodles in boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes or until soft. If the package has instructions, you can follow it. Set aside.
- In a cooking pan, pour-in and heat cooking oil over medium heat.
- Add-in the Ilocos longganisa. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add-in the chopped onion, and minced garlic. Saute for a while and then add-in the shrimp paste. Saute until soft and aromatic.
- Add-in the tomatoes, and then add-in the cooked noodles, and spring onions. Stir fry for 1 minute and then season with salt and pepper.
- Make a space at the center of the pan and then add the beaten eggs. Let it cook for a while and then break the egg and mix all of the ingredients until well-incorporated. Stir fry for another 1 minute.
- Transfer to a serving tray or serving plate. Serve and enjoy!
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