PANCIT MIKIWhere to Eat Pancit Miki in and Around Bangued, Abra
Pancit Miki. Abramazing Goodness in a Bowl
Updated for 2021
What is Pancit Miki
After the long overnight bus or van ride to Abra the first thing you need is a good Abrenian breakfast. Pancit Miki is the Abrenians breakfast of choice and is unique to the province. Unlike the dry pancit found in most places in the Philippines, the Abra version is a soup based one.
Homemade noodles, called “linaddit”, are boiled in a pork broth, and served with a hard boiled egg (I usually have two ), topped with chicharon, bits of chopped pork and garnished with fresh green spring onion. Add some chilli paste and/or vinegar and you have a nourishing and filling breakfast, that will keep you going until lunchtime.
The red/orange colour of Pancit Miki comes from Annato seeds, also known as Asuete which is used as a natural food colouring in many parts of the world. Each panciteria makes its own noodles. There are wide flat ones, thick round ones, and narrow flat ones.
Each panciteria also has its own recipe, so no two Pancit Mikis will ever taste or look the same. Panciterias open early every morning and begin to serve Pancit Miki usually between 05.00 and 05.30.
The traditional ones still use a wood burner to cook the broth. Piles of chopped wood can be seen outside, and an open fire on the inside. These establishments are very popular and one of them has a “when its gone its gone” policy, which means they often close shop at around 11.00.
Where to eat Pancit Miki
So where are these Panciterias?
Lets go find out…………………… Listed in no particular order are ones that I have personally eaten in. Five in Bangued, Two in La Paz a few minutes the other side of Calaba Bridge and Two in Dolores over the Don Mariano Marcos bridge.
Let me know in the comments below which Pancit Miki you have tried and which was your favourite ?
CORNER OF ILOCOS NORTE – ABRA RD AND ACTIVIDAD ST. BANGUED
NAGSANGALAN, BRGY BULI, LA PAZ
COORDINATES 17°40′59″N 120°41′45.56″E
Bibiko’s Panciteria is located just four minutes drive from Poblacion La Paz in Brgy Buli. It may be a bit difficult to find if you are not familiar with the area. You can ask directions when you arrive in Brgy Buli or follow the directions on google maps to coordinates 17°40′59″N 120°41′45.56″E .
Bibiko’s Panciteria opened in September 2020 and has become very popular. Their Abra Miki (Linaddit) looks and tastes really delicious, with the deep orangey/red colour of the asuete seeds giving the soup a feeling of warmth. There are condiments (garlic granules, chilli paste, black pepper and vinegar) on the table to add to the soup according to your tastes.
The tables are well spaced in an exceptionally clean environment. One side is fully open allowing plenty of light in and fresh air to circulate.
Bibiko’s Panciteria is Open everyday from 06.00 to 19.00 and they also do food delivery in the local area for a small charge.
Please contact: 0995 594 6586 with your orders.
You can also follow their Facebook Page Bibiko’s Panciteria for special offers, customer photos and updates.
Miki Damili Food House
COORDINATES:- 17°39′31.92″N 120°42′56.31″E
Miki Damili Food House is situated along the road from Dolores to San Juan on the left side in Brgy Bayaan. This is the route you need to take when going to the tourist destinations of Tineg, such as Apao Rolling Hills, Piwek Rock Formations and of course the famous Kaparkan Falls.
Miki Damili Food House serves its Abra Miki in a “Damili” ,which means Clay Pot, giving an elegant presentation to an everyday popular meal. The clay pots are locally made in Dolores as are the red clay placemats on each table.
On the walls are numerous photographs of the local tourist destinations which you can view as you sit and enjoy your Miki Damili.
Miki Damili Facebook Page can be found HERE
Domengs (or Balderas as it is also known) Panciteria is quite hard to find. It is tucked away in Brgy Patucannay in what looks like an ordinary house.
Venture inside the gate though and you will find it full of people enjoying some Pancit Miki for their breakfast.
There is a large eating area at the front and more tables inside at the back where you need to go to order your Miki.
You need to be an early bird if you want to try Domengs fare, as they only make a limited quantity of noodles everyday and once they are gone, they are gone – usually around 11.00.
Most tricycle drivers know how to get there.
ILOCOS NORTE – ABRA RD. BANGUED
Just across the busy main road from the Mormon Church is Putar Panciteria.
Walk down the slope and into a large space, pick up your bowl and cutlery, join the queue and wait to be served.
Putar Panciteria is very popular with school children and tricycle drivers.
ACOSTA ST. BANGUED
Situated in Acosta Street , Mhikimoto has many tables set in warehouse like surroundings to cater to the students of a nearby school. The prices are budget friendly.
Their Pancit Miki comes in several sizes and is served with a sidedish of spring onions and chilli vinegar.
Mhikimoto is within walking distance of the Plaza.
Triple R Pancitan
SITIO DALAGISAN, SAN GREGORIO, LA PAZ
Triple R Panciteria set up in late 2017, is well situated along the main road to La Paz from Calaba, Bangued, about 1km after you cross Soot Bridge on the right side of the road.
It is popular with passing traffic and locals alike. There is plenty of roadside parking too, which is good for business.
What I like about Triple R is that they serve the crispy chicharon on a small side dish, so you are able to add it to the Pancit Miki as and when you want and it wont go soggy. Chilli paste is also served on a side plate.
Try their P40 Pancit Miki Overload for a really filling meal.
An hours jeepney ride from Bangued is the small historical town of Dolores. As you enter the Poblacion, slightly set back on the left side of the road a small non-descript Bahay Kubo is the home of T-Booms Pancit Miki.
Named after the owners daughter, T-Booms is made from local bamboo and has a real authentic Provincial feel that compliments the goodness of their Pancit Miki.
Prices start at P20 for a bowl of “Ordinary”, with a “Super Special” priced at P35.
Kris Anne Panciteria
AGONCILLO ST. ZONE 3, BANGUED
Tucked away in a side street near the San Lorenzo Shrine is Kris Anne Panciteria. Set in a spacious yard under a mango tree with plants scattered around this popular panciteria..
Plenty of fresh air circulates here and the internet signal is quite good.
This is a favourite early morning meetup breakfast place for white van tourists going to Kaparkan Falls and other destinations in Abra.
Pocket friendly prices starting at P25 for an Ordinary miki, up to P37 for Special. Miki Guisado is P40 at time of writing.
Their Facebook Page is Kris Anne’s Panciteria
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