There’s a reason why instant pancit canton is a staple in every Pinoy pantry: It’s a no-brainer to cook, it does the job of filling up your tummy, and it comes in a variety of variants to suit lazy-yet-discriminating taste buds. You gotta admit, though, that the usual original/calamansi/chilimansi/hot and spicy flavors can get a little boring, and regular pancit canton eaters eventually find themselves wishing for a little extra to wash away the monotony of the dish.
So what’s a hungry bro to do?
Read on to learn some easy pancit toppings guaranteed to make you say “lucky me!”
This is probably the easiest, laziest one in this list, but it’s definitely not lacking in flavor! Just crush a few pieces and sprinkle it onto your pancit canton for that extra (pork) kick.
2) GARLIC BITS
Sprinkle a generous amount of cooked garlic bits on top of your pancit for added flavor. You can roast your own garlic, or if you’re feeling extra lazy, just use pre-toasted ones from the grocery.
3) CANNED TUNA
Open a can of tuna flakes in oil, mix it in with your cooked pancit, and unleash the noms!
4) SHREDDED TUYO
Get a few tuyo pieces, shred or slice 'em up, and sprinkle it all over your noodles. Don't go overboard though if you don't want the dish's saltiness level to go beyond 9,000!
Some foods just go together effortlessly: Champorado and tuyo, puto and dinuguan, and in this case, canton and itlog. Cook your eggs any way you want—fried, scrambled, boiled—mix them in with your pancit, and enjoy!
6) BACON BITS
This list just wouldn’t be complete without bacon, which makes anything—including pancit canton—infinitely better. Fry a few slices to a crisp and serve on top of a bed of noodles. You can crush and sprinkle them on top of your pancit, too!
7) LEFTOVER BEEF TAPA
Chop up a few slices of leftover tapa, add them to your pancit, and enjoy! Add an egg to the mix, and you’ve got tapalog (tapa-pancit-itlog)!
Make your MSG-rich canton a bit healthier by topping it with some chopped cabbage, carrots, green onions, bell peppers, and other vegetables of your choice! Stir-fry the veggies for a bit, add the cooked noodles, and season to taste. Add some hipong panggisa to the mix for a more authentic pancit-canton-from-a-Chinese-resto vibe!
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