noodles for breakfast

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


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Guagua Girl says:

    love noodles, especially the ones my dad used to bring home from ongpin when i was a kid. these days, he makes the trek to chinatown in manhattan for his favorite “house special beef noodles.”

    lucky me is a relatively “new” brand, isn't it? i don't remember it from when we were kids. i used to eat nissin's ramen all the time — beef flavor 🙂 anyway, my aunt, who just came back from vacation in the philippines, brought back lucky me noodles, HA HA HA … she gave some to my parents who passed them on to me. so i have lucky me la paz bachoy, sotanghon and lomi in my cupboard 😀


  2. Betis Boy says:

    ha.ha. reverse pasalubong. they're often on the list (along with chocnut, binatog and butong pakwan) 🙂 too bad you don't have the pancit canton variant.

    and yes, it's a relatively new brand. i think mid 90s.


  3. Guagua Girl says:

    my goodie bag included the aforementioned noodles, a jar of peanut brittle, a small bottle of good shepherd purple yam (did i mention my aunt has a house in baguio?) and packets of knorr tamarind soup 😀


  4. Betis Boy says:

    hey, that's quite a stash 🙂


  5. Guagua Girl says:

    yeah, my aunt also brought chicharon but it wasn't galan so i didn't take any.

    you know, you still owe me a noodle dish. i think i remember you promising to make me something you invented when you were in singapore but you never did 😛


  6. Betis Boy says:

    ah, i was trying to copy hokkien prawn mee (from singapore) but i ended up with a cross between that and pancit canton. kunsabage, most fried noodles look the same. sa lasa nagkakatalo. sige, i still owe you that one.


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