Pancit Palabok and I go way, way back. When I was a child, my grandmother would take me with her to our suki in the Sta. Ana Market. Clutching plastic bags of the thin glass noodles bathed in an orange-colored gravy made from shrimp heads was the ultimate comfort. And it still is.
Despite it being my favorite though, pancit palabok always seems too daunting for me to cook. It always feels like a major production—even reading through a recipe sounds too tiring. Being told that I can have a pancit palabok fix anytime I want, in the comfort of my own home seemed too good to be true.
So, when I unwrapped a big bilao of Lucky Me! Special Pancit Palabok, I didn’t have high expectations. Real pancit palabok is the kind you get in sloppy plastic bags from that old palengke stall in Sta. Ana, not in neat little foil packets from the grocery. Still, I try to be open-minded when it comes to food so I tried it. I mean, what’s 4 minutes off my life, right?
I am so happy I gave it a shot! Not only was it easy to make—that wasn’t a surprise, I mean, it’s by Lucky Me!—but it was surprisingly yummy. The smell was unbelievable; it really smelled like conventional pancit palabok, especially after I sprinkled the little packet of chicharon bits.
The taste delivers as well, tasting as authentic as store-bought and homemade versions. The glass noodles have the al dente bite that’s present in great palabok. I raided our fridge for possible add-ons and after I added a hard-boiled egg, spring onions and leftover bagnet bits, I could’ve fooled anyone into believing that this was the real thing.
Lucky Me! Special Pancit Palabok is a must-try, especially for pancit palabok lovers like me. It’s immediate gratification for that crazy craving in the middle of the night. All it takes is four-minutes. So, start keeping a couple of pouches handy and you shall never go hungry (for pancit palabok) again!