After a few months of recording my podcast, Relationshit and bringing in a variety of cultural comfort foods from different restaurants, I decided to teach myself how to cook my people’s food. I missed out on the opportunity to learn from my lolas (grandmothers) and titas (aunts) because I was too busy being a rebellious child, teenager, and 20/30something. When I was in Las Piñas, Philippines two years ago, I regret not waking up at dawn with my lola aka Mama Chit and watch her haggle through the wet market and cook meals for almusal (breakfast), tanghalian (lunch), meryenda (snack), and hapunan (dinner).
To make up for it, I asked my Filipino friends who I know is constantly cooking for recipes and ideas. The first person that came to mind was Bryan since he asked our text group where to find pancit bihon noodles and I knew exactly where to direct him to find them, Johnny Air Mart. So, I asked Bryan for his recipe and told him I was going to attempt making pancit for the first time on Instagram Live later on that night for my friend, Gabriel who works diligently to make sure local food workers are not being taken advantage of. He deserves to be taken care of too.
Sadly, I was still prepping and cooking by the time Gabriel arrived so, he ended up being my sous chef slash DJ slash cameraman. It took about two hours to make pancit most likely because we were hamming it up for the camera and Gabriel kept changing up the tunes. Ultimately, the moderators at Instagram took our video down for copyright infringement. Pretty bummed, I didn’t get to save that video since we had a lot of fun interacting with the viewers who tuned in. But the pancit turned out pretty well considering it was the first time we made this dish and you can watch our reaction video on IGTV (mobile only).
*Bryan’s recipe instructions are nearly verbatim from his text messages.