No Forks, Please……Eating PANCIT HABHAB Street-Style

Eating PANCIT HABHAB Street-Style

When we went to Lucban, Quezon last May for the Pahiyas Festival, I made sure I took home a pack of their native noodles used for Pancit Lucban.

Pancit Lucban better known as Pancit Habhab is the most popular streetfood in Lucban. As the name implies, it is a kind of pancit or noodle dish made with rice flour, stir fried and mixed with vegetables, shrimp and pork and sometimes lechon.

Ykaie eating Pancit Habhab

Habhab refers to the manner it is eaten. The noodles is served on a rectangular cut banana leaf which acts as a makeshift plate, then you must eat it using only your mouth {without the use of any utensils}. But before you do that, you must add a sprinkling of cane vinegar.

This is what I made for peanutbutter‘s birthday yesterday along with Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes….

I thought it’s a great idea to eat something in a different way for a birthday.

Since, we Filipinos love  using our hands when eating,… why not eat noodles using just our mouth…. it makes it a lot more fun, anyway!

Eating PANCIT HABHAB Street-Style


No Forks, Please……Eating PANCIT HABHAB Street-Style

  • Author: The Peach Kitchen


  • 1 pack dried pancit habhab noodles
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, julliened
  • 250g snow peas
  • 2 large chayote, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 250g shrimps, shelled
  • 200g pork, cut into small pieces
  • 68 cups pork or beef stock
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • cane vinegar
  • fish sauce and black pepper to taste


  1. Heat half of the oil in a wok and sauté half of the onion and garlic until it becomes translucent.
  2. Add snowpeas, carrots and chayote and stir fry fro around a minute.
  3. Pour in ½ cup of stock and simmer for another minute. Remove from wok and set aside.
  4. In the same wok, heat the rest of the oil and sauté the remaininghalf of the onion and garlic until it becomes translucent.
  5. Add pork and let fry until it browns a little.Add shrimp and stir fry until it turns orange.
  6. Pour in 6 cups of stock and soy sauce and wait for it to boil before adding pancit habhab noodles.
  7. Mix until noodles absorbs the stock and becomes soft.
  8. Add more stock until desired softness/doneness is achieved.
  9. Add the stir-fried vegetables you set aside.
  10. Season with fish sauce and pepper to taste.
  11. Serve freshly cooked with a sprinkling of cane vinegar.

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A late entry for ‘s June theme of Native Filipino Cuisine….

Thanks so Tina and Cherrie for hosting last month’s theme…

Check out the other entries here:

Avocado Shake from Malou of Skip To Malou
Pinais na Isda from Iska of
Grilled Panga ng Lapu-Lapu from Erwin
Tapsilog from Cherrie of Sweet Cherrie Pie
Kutsinta from Tina of Pinay In Texas Cooking Corner
Kare-Kare from Adora of Adora’s Box
Kulawong Talong from Elizabeth of Asian In America
Ube Halaya from Joy’s Misadventures
Palitaw from Day of Chef by Day
Kalamay na Pinipig from Jun of Jun-blog
Taba ng Talangka from Oggi of I Can Do That
Chicken Inasal Empanaditas from Fred of I Love Sisig
Ensaladang Mustasa at Lechon sa Bagoong from Jenn of Storm In My Kitchen
Paksiw na Galunggong sa Santol from Marge of Pinoy Kitchenette

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15 Responses

  1. Oh yeah! i miss this one 🙂 last time I’ve had pansit habhab was quite years ago… i always want this with lucban’s cassave cake also. perfect pair! habhab talaga 🙂
    and by simply looking at Ykai ~ you’ll sure know she likes and enjoy eating habhab. she’s so pretty!

  2. I had been to that area as a small child but never ate this noodle dish. It would have been fun to eat it without a plate and utensils.  

    I’m curious about the rice flour based noodles. I wonder if I can substitute cornflour noodles from Cebu or thin miki. 

  3. I love Filipino noodles. I have only eaten them the usual way with fork and plate. But I adore this idea — no plates to wash afterward! 😉

  4. wow i’m drooling over this pancit habhab on a banana leaf. obviously your little girl loved it too. nom nom~

  5. Oh that’s one of my comfort foods =) the secret is the vinegar !!! =) yum ! YuM! 

  6. Happy belated birthday to your husband!  I love street food and I’d be extra excited to be able to eat like street style!  Looks delicious and I love how you presented in the photos.  You take great pictures!

  7. My kids and I love pancit! 😛

    So, eto pala ang tawag sa pancit na ganitong luto and I suppose what makes it different other than eating it with just your mouth is the sprinkle of cane vinegar.. 😛 Can’t wait to try it out, thanks for providing the recipe! 😀

  8. Attended Pahiyas, too, last year. My kids had a good time eating habhab in the streets. And yes, I bought a lot of noodles to cook home, too!

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