Cavite City puts twist in bihon with pancit choco ensu tinta

There is no doubt that pancit is one of the most famous and well-loved Filipino dishes. It comes in many varieties across the country, In Cavite City, instead of preparing the traditional pancit bihon, Cavitenos have come up with their very own pancit choco en su tinta.

There is no doubt that pancit is one of the most famous and well-loved Filipino dishes. It comes in many varieties across the country, with every region putting their own touch in preparing it according to their respective tradition.

In Cavite City, instead of preparing the traditional pancit bihon, Cavitenos have come up with their very own pancit choco ensu tinta. 

What Pancit Choco en su Tinta looks like.

According to Ige Ramos, a food historian and the author of “Republic of Taste: The Untold Stories of Cavite Cuisine,” pancit choco ensu tinta is a Chabacano dish that is also sometimes called pancit pusit or pancit negra.

(See: http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/the-happy-home-cook-pancit-choco-en-su-tinta-pancit-pusit)

Instead of using pork or chicken meat, Cavite City residents use squid to their bihon. This version of noodle dish also uses the squid ink tthat’s responsible for its dark color.

It is traditionally garnished with crushed chicharon, spring onions, and Chinese celery. To add more flavor, Cavitenos use thinly sliced kamias instead of calamansi.

Randy De Guzman owns Hattdy’s Kitchen which proudly serves pancit nerga.
Hattdy’s Kitchen is located at Padre Pio St., Lapu Lapu, Cavite City.

In an interview with The Cavite Rising, Hattdy’s Kitchen owner Randy de Guzman said their pancit negra is always the main draw as to why people visit his restaurant.

“Dahil mura, binabalik-balikan talaga kami dito araw-araw. Meryenda ang binibenta namin pero alas onse pa lang ng umaga, marami nang bumibili kasi mabilis maubos, lalo na ang pancit negra,” de Guzman said.

Pancit Pusit is available at Hattdy’s Kitchen for only 25 pesos per serving.
Photo courtesy by Hattdy’s Kitchen Facebook Page

As one of the few places that serve this version of pancit in Cavite City, de Guzman said they always make sure to have it in their menu every day.

“Minsan, kahit mahal ang pusit, hindi kami nagbabago ng presyo. Walang palya, araw-araw pa rin kaming nagbebenta. Hindi namin tinitipid ang sahog,” he said.

While pancit pusit or pancit negra was only served during Lent or in funerals in the past, this has changed through time as this noodle dish is now being served at every household in parts of Cavite regardless of the occasion.

Since noodles is a symbol of long life for many Filipinos, pancit is rarely absent in celebrations and occasions. If you’re looking for a unique version of a noodle dish, pancit pusit of Cavite City is truly a must try.

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