The town of Lucban,Quezon is famous for it’s celebration of the Pahiyas Festival every month of May in honor of their patron saint San Isidro Labrador. Houses are decorated by various produce such as rice stalks filled with grains, fruits and vegetables, plus colorful rice crackers or Kiping.
It is also the place where the famous pilgrimage site, Kamay ni Hesus, is located.
The town is also popular because of their delicious native delicacies such as Broas (lady finger biscuits), Longanisang Lucban (pork sausage with oregano) and the Pansit Habhab.
Pansit or Pancit is a popular noodle dish in the Philippines. It is a dish common in many household’s tables and a staple in most carenderia and restaurants. It is also a mainstay during birthday celebrations because of the Chinese tradition that pancit and other noodle dishes should be served to promote good health and long life. Aside from rice noodles, common varieties of pancit like Pancit Canton, Bihon and Miki uses different ingredients. These may include a number of ingredients such as pork, chicken hearts and liver, shrimp, squid, carrots and many leafy vegetables.
Pansit Lucban by Buddy’s Restaurant
What makes Pansit Habhab special is its simplicity. The noodle dish only contains a small amount of pork plus some vegetables like sayote and pechay, then garnished with white onions. It is served on banana leaves instead of plates and is eaten without the use of any utensils. You just have to place the banana leaf/ plate near your mouth and munch on this delectable Filipino dish, thus the name Habhab. To make it more appetizing, spicy vinegar is used for additional seasoning instead of the traditional calamansi of most pancit.
Pansit Habhab is popular in most towns in Quezon Province, like in Tayabas and the City of Lucena, as well as nearby towns in Laguna such as in my hometown of Liliw. It is commonly sold by street vendors on pedicabs for 5 pesos per serving, making it a favorite snack of the town’s folks and visitors alike. Other names for Pansit Habhab is Pansit Lucban.
If you could not go to Lucban, you can still sample this unique Filipino delicacy by going to Buddy’s Restaurant which has branches in Makati and Ortigas. They serve a special version of pansit lucban with Lechon and other native Filipino dishes such as Habanera, Pinangat or Laing (Taro leaves cooked in coconut milk) and Lucban Longanisa, Hardinera, Squid Sisig plus broas, merengue and leche flan for desserts.
The town of Lucban, Quezon is situated in foot of Mt. Banahaw and can be reached by various routes. The most popular way of how to go to Lucban is via the Lucena/Tayabas route. If you want to have a more scenic trip, you could go either go via the Sta. Cruz/Pagsanjan/Luisiana route or via the Liliw/Majayjay route.
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