Who doesn't love pancit noodles? I think we all do. Regardless if it's instant noodles (which most of us consume these days due to the pandemic and the fast paced world), noodles are one of the easiest things to do and a good alternative to our usual rice. Introduced by the Chinese, we Filipinos have since adapted the noodle dish to our own tastes, resulting in variations like canton, Malabon, and palabok. As they say in the vernacular, "nagkakatalo na lang sa toppings at ingredients." Each noodle dish has its own unique sauce, toppings, and the right balance offlavors incorporated on the noodles sans the umay factor (not cloying).
If you're still looking for that noodle dish that will make you believe that pancit dish can be leveled up, allow me to introduce my latest food discovery: Chef Kofi's Malabon Noodles Delight. I love the luglog thick clear noodles of Malabon. One of my good friends Sir Tony Galvez (yes, the famous hair expert) made me try Chef Kofi's Malabon Noodle Delight because he knew that I'm also a food blogger.
So what is it about Chef Kofi's Malabon Noodles Delight that makes it a stand-out? Chef Kofi's version of pancit Malabon is more on the dry side and while their toppings are modest in number, the tinapa, chicharon, and crispy shrimp make up for it with flavor. Their sauce also has a hint of zest even without calamansi (Philippine lemon). It is also mildly flavored especially when compare to other pancit Malabon I've previously tried. But the trick is really in its toppings--with the noodles and sauce to get a flavorful bite. There is just enough sauce to cover the noodles without turning it soggy, which is perfect if you like your pancit noodles like me, as I like my noodles with a bit of bite. Somewhat al dente, like in pasta.
Whether you're familiar with Pancit Malabon or not, there is plenty to like about Chef Kofi's version. The noodles are cooked just right, vegetables give it a nice fresh crunch. Though flavorful even without calamansi, pancit malabon noodles is meant to be eaten with the condiment, the added dimension keeping the dish from being cloying.
Chef Kofi's Malabon Noodles Delight is picture-perfect with its toppings: vegetables, pork bits, crispy shrimps, and toasted chicharon (pork rind) bits that add an addictive crunch to every bite. This pancit is best paired with some warm pan de sal or a piece of toasted tasty bread which you can toast fresh from the oven to complement your delightful noodle dish. This is a must-try especially if you want to level up your Pancit Malabon experience--palabok rich and indulgent.
In a nutshell, a plate of this Malabon noodles is a complete meal in itself. Chef Kofi doesn't scrimp on the flavorful ingredients and will make you reminisce your Lola's homemade cooking. Overall, it's a satisfying pancit dish that gives the best bang for your buck.
You may order Chef Kofi's Malabon Noodles Delight at TG Beauty Cafe, 124 9th Avenue, Barangay Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City. You may call (02) 8 911-6991 for order inquiries.
Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are my own.