9.27.2012

Pancit Habhab

Delicious Pancit Habhab
Special Pancit Habhab

This is our current guilty pleasure, Pancit Habhab bought from our friendly neighborhood panciteria Yuca's Pancit Habhab. Berto and I have passed this restuarant located along JP Rizal, Nangka Marikina City countless of times but never ventured in. One day though, after the Little Girl and I did some errands from the bank nearby, I decided to buy one order of pancit habhab just to satisfy my curiosity as to what it is about. I am a Pancit Bihon fan myself, but I am open to other options.

Also known as Pancit Lucban, Pancit Habhab is actually a very popular street food that originated from Lucban, Quezon. It is rice noodles made with rice flour, stir fried and mixed with vegetables, shrimp and pork. Some even add lechon to make it even more special. The term habhab actually refers to the manner this kind of pancit was intended to be eaten. The noodles is served on a small cut banana leaf which acts as a makeshift plate, then you eat it using only your mouth, without the use of any utensils. Also, instead of the usual calamansi, you sprinkle on some cane vinegar to add to the taste.

The pancit habhab we bought costs P75 for a regular order and P110 for a special order, where they add some lechon liempo. Yummmy! I noted though that our take out order came in an ordinary plastic bag, no banana leaves whatsoever to remind us of how its supposed to be originally served. Other than that, the Pancit Habhab experience was heavenly. One order is good for 2-3 persons and is definitely worth a try. Berto, ever fearful to try anything new, loves it! 

In Lucban Quezon, you can buy some pancit noodles and cook the pancit habhab at home. I'm not sure if you can just use any kind of noodles available here though. Anyway, here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

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 sayote, cut into bite-size pieces
250g shrimps, shelled
200g pork, cut into small pieces
6-8 cups pork or beef stock
½ cup soy sauce
cane vinegar
fish sauce and black pepper to taste

Directions:

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

Happy cooking!

9.25.2012

We Have New Babies.. 2 of Them!


We have two new babies, feline babies! We got two kitties from my aunt. I have been thinking about getting cats from some time now. Blame it on Jessica Zafra and how she talked about her demanding cats. I have always been more of a cat person than a dog person, plus I’ve been dreaming of getting a pet for the little girl so we can teach her caring, compassion and responsibility. Finally, that dream became a reality when we brought the princesses home.

Here is Princess Snow White, or Snowy. She’s a Himalayan Cat. We got her when she was only barely a month old. She was so small and meek.

Snowy

 This one is Princess Mulan or Myuli. She’s a Persian Cat. She was a bit older than Snowy when we welcomed her to our home, she was two months old. She was more regal, reserved and slow to trust.

Myuli

Now they are bigger, prettier and more confident. They now feel they own the house.  After a few “accidents” around the house, they are now fully house broken and know how and when to use their litter box. Snowy now prefers to stay on my dad's chest for naps, and my dad, surprisingly allows her! After those chaotic first days, life with our feline princesses has settled down and the little girl has fully embraced her role as big sister to the kitties =)

Our feline babies


9.22.2012

Happy Birthday Mama!

Today is my mom's birthday. Too bad Berto and I had a prior commitment we had to attend to, otherwise we would've probably visited my mom at the cemetery. It has been 14 years since she has passed on and I do miss her terribly.

Grief for a parent's death is a funny thing. It never ever really goes away. It may be lessened by a few notches every year... But it is still there.

Maybe I'll take along Berto and the little girl tomorrow and pay her a visit, maybe even sing her a birthday song... But not before I whisper a sad and heartfelt "I miss you".



UPDATE:

We did get to go. The whole family spent a few minutes at the Paraiso Memorial Park. We wanted to light candles for mama but the winds kept blowing it. We joked that it was mama mistaking the candles for birthday candles and she was excited to blow them all off.. We stayed there long enough to pray the rosary then just as we finished it started to rain! Mama's way of saying she misses us too?  =)



9.21.2012

Caffe Ti-Amo

Peppermint Iced Tea


Earlier today, I went out for lunch. No, I didn’t eat out or meet anyone for lunch, I just felt the urge to leave the office and walk around for a while. I found myself walking along Paseo De Roxas. The sun wasn’t out but it was humid. I got to Paseo Center with sweat dripping from embarrassing parts of my body.

I felt so thirsty that I remembered one of my favorite iced teas ever, the peppermint iced tea of Caffe Ti-amo in Greenbelt. It is refreshing and cool! It is actually a hot herbal tea, but you can request to put it on ice.  

I used to frequent that café a lot back when Berto’s office was right at the rooftop. I haven’t been back for months! Maybe I can talk Berto into taking me to the movies in Greenbelt one of these days, then a quick stopover at Caffe Ti-amo would definitely be a must. =)


9.13.2012

Loneliness.


A few weeks ago, little girl and I were left alone in our house. Berto had some errands to run, L and N had also had engagements of their own. This left Little Girl and me and a house full of pets. I have never been a pet person. I take it from my own mom. We are not really cruel to animals, we are just not too into them. Save for a cat in my childhood (a dirty-yellow stray tabby whom I named Nugget, because of his golden color) I can't remember loving any other pet. Ooops I stand corrected. We do have 2 new cats in our home  and I love them, but that's another story!

Our family has always had dogs. Being a typical Filipino family, we have always employed "Bantay" to guard our home. My sister and dad are the animal lovers in the family. I love them only to play with them while they are still puppies, but don't expect me to care for them... nuh-uh.

Somehow dogs seem to dislike me as much as dislike them. Our current dog Chili actually hides her tail between her legs and whines whenever she sees me, and I swear I've never hurt her ever! So imagine her desperation when one day she found herself under MY care! (evil laugh!)

Anyway, here's how she looked like all day, all forlorn. Keeping constant watch at the gate for L and N to come home...

Lonely Chili Dog

9.08.2012

Missing in Action... and Stressed Out

It has been a couple of month since I posted a blog entry. I have been suffering from another of my recurring attacks of writer's block and imtoobusynitis... Work and business are taking so much of my time, plus we've switched nannies so fast these past few months that I barely felt their presence in my life.. now, we have no nanny, so nanny duties are divided between Berto and me... and sometimes even Lolo and Ninang are asked to pitch in. Little Girl's school seems in cahoots with the universe in keeping me even more busy with all the homework and projects she has to do...

What keeps me sane though is the thought that independence day is coming soon. What it will bring me and my life is unknown, but I guess it is the unknown and the limitless possibilities it brings is what excites me. After being  in such a safe and predictable environment for the past 15 years, I guess I also deserve a shot at happiness. Now if I can only figure out what to do to achieve that happiness. =)

Meanwhile, Berto is being so supportive about the whole matter. He should be, since I've also supported him in his career shifts... :p

My head is clearing already... Writing really is therapeutic for me!

Hoping to write more soon.
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