do you ever eat noodles for breakfast? we do. the kids love to eat “lucky me!” instant pancit canton or maybe chicken mami or pancit bihon from the neighborhood stall for breakfast. i’m usually the pancit-for-merienda or pancit-for-dinner person but i can also have it as morning fare.
there are many brands in the market but nothing quite hits it like the “lucky me” brand. it’s so good i can have it everyday, as a side dish or sometimes as ulam. (it’s sad but true, a lot of filipinos nowadays subsist on instant noodles for their ulam. it’s the cheapest item around and it also goes a long way in feeding a lot of mouths). maybe to break the monotony, the noodles now come in different flavors — toyomansi, chilimansi, extra hot chili, sweet and spicy (we like mixing the original flavor with the extra hot flavor).
there’s nothing like fresh noodles though, at any time of day. we had a noodle breakfast in cambodia a couple of years ago. like any good noodle, we bought in on the streets (a popular one at that, given the customer traffic on the two roadside tables). it tasted like our pancit bihon, only a little blander (but you were expected to fix it and suit your taste by putting additional fish sauce and a rather potent chili paste). as you can see from the photo, a single serving was more than hearty — a heap of rice noodles, veggies, meat, and crushed peanuts. they give you free hot tea to go with it. all in all, a good way to start the day.
(photo credit to my friend a for the cambodian noodle picture.
the “lucky me” photo was downloaded from www.mondenissin.com)