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2006.07.05

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Syafique

Read and love your column in the July's issue of KLue magazine.

Love this blog, too. I love the pics. It's beautiful.

I've lived in Indonesia before but have never tried Mee pansit. Perhaps I should go back there and appreciate the local food.

Robyn

Syafique - ah, someone actually read my piece in KLue! Thanks for stopping by, and for the lovely comments. I can't quite figure out what the pansit is - a type of noodle different to mie? The vendor called our dish mie ayam and I didn't see any other customers with a different type of noodle, so I'm a bit baffled. Anyway - it was beyond delicious!

RST

Pangsit or pancit is a name that in the Philippines and in parts of Indonesia refers, just like the Hokkienese word mie, to noodles in general. By itself, it conjures a dish of yellow (egg) noodles. But it often takes modifiers that specify distinct forms: such as pancit guisado for instance, or pancit bihon (bihon or rice vermicelli = Hokkien word for mei fen) or that quaint street food form of Lucban, Quezon called pancit habhab.

RST

Supposedly, the word derives from Hokkienese pian-e-sit, allegedly meaning easy-to-make. That etymology makes no sense to me at all and is suspect. My guess is that the roots are deeper-for all we know, the word could go back 1,000 years...

Lois

Wow! I know! I know! Try to to manage the shock of hearing from me! But just had to say how much we all love your blog and your eating adventures. I just finished mopping the kitchen floor so it was very nice to be transported to somewhere far from here and so exotic and delicious sounding. Hmm, wonder if I could whip up something like that for dinner tonight?! Dave, your pictures are fantastic! You have a great eye for the interesting and unique. Keep it coming!

Robyn

Well Lois, I *did* fall off my chair when I saw your comment, but otherwise really no surprise at all. ;-) Dave says your lovely words make up for Bethy's backhanded compliment on the Padang post. :-) Seriously, thanks to all the N MI H clan for stopping by!

lia

sorry folks, but pangsit in indonesian is actually wonton. so "mi ayam pangsit" is really plain ole chicken noodle with wonton. but with street vendors, usually the wonton is just the wrappers without the meat filling (cos they're cheap).

the chewy balls are actually beef balls. but again, with street vendors, the beef is so minimal that there's hardly beef in it anymore. just lots of sago.

Robyn

Thanks Lia, for the info. In the case of this dish, then, 'pangsit' most likely refers to the crispies served on the side, which are in fact deep-fried wonton skins. I wouldn't want them filled - it's a textural thing, and there's plenty of flavor in the chicken already. I found the balls plenty flavorful, and I loved the springy texture from the sago flour.

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