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Friday, June 3, 2011

The Best Pancit Guisado Ever @ Toho Food Center - Binondo, Manila

Location: 422-424 T. Pinpin Street
Binondo, Manila Philippines
Telephone: (63) - 2 - 2414208 / (62) - 2 - 2420294
Hours: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sundays 8:00 am - 2:00 pm (new update!)
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Pancit or  "Pansit" is a Philippine stir-fried noodle dish of Chinese origin. There is a great number of varieties of this dish, using different noodles, recipes, and toppings. 

The word pancit is derived from the Hokkien word pian i sit, which literally means "something conveniently cooked fast." 

* Source: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/
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As you might've read in my brief profile, I'm addicted to Pancit (noodles with vegetables, meat/seafood)... and as far as ALL the Pancit Guisado dishes I've tried (in Metro Manila and in the provinces), Toho's version has got to be the best I've ever tasted. 


 Miki Bihon Guisado
(small - Php 75.00 / medium - Php 150.00 / large - Php 225.00)
Spicy Squid
(small - Php 115.00 / medium - Php 230.00 / large -Php 345.00)
Yang Chow Fried Rice
( small - Php 100.00 / medium - Php 150.00 / large - Php 200.00)




This is, again, based on my own personal opinion and taste...  so if there's anyone out there who thinks they know another place serving better tasting pancit guisado, please do send me a message or comment on this entry. I would love to give it a try. But believe me, I've tried a lot of pancit places, so I hope you'd be suggesting a place I haven't tried yet :-) Hehe :-)

Their Pancit Guisado (all versions - Miki Bihon Guisado, Pancit Canton) are all cooked the way our grandparents cooked pancit. I believe, from what I tasted, they did use the juice from crushed shrimp heads to add that special flavor to the pancit. The pancit might not seem appetizing in my photo, and I know it doesn't look fancy or loaded with veggies and meat... but looks are deceiving, it really is scrumptious!






As for the other dishes, they were OK... just average. The Spicy Squid looks more delicious than how it actually tasted. I found it a bit bland. Yeah sure it had just the right amount of spice, but wasn't really able get the squid flavor I was looking for. The seasoning and condiments they used for the dish didn't really bring out the full potential of the squid.

The Yang Chow Fried Rice was also OK, average tasting. I still find Panciteria San Jacinto's version better.


Wowie liked the Beef in Oyster Sauce (small - Php 110.00 / medium - Php 220.00 / large - Php 330.00). I agree, it is good, but nothing spectacular.





MY VERDICT 

Must-try: 
> Miki Bihon Guisado!!! Super Scrumptious!

Tip:
> Be sure to eat your Miki Bihon Guisado as soon as it is served so you can savor the full goodness of the dish! Yummy!

What I Like:
Aside from their Miki Bihon Guisado...
> Price - Quite affordable. They also have single but large servings of rice toppings for just a mere Php 70.00 - Php 90.00.

What I Didn't Like:
> Ambiance - Not a fan of the ambiance, sometimes the place reeks of "dirty kitchen" smell... but then again, like what Anthony Bourdain said... the bad smell of the surroundings somehow adds to the authenticity of the experience :-) Just don't expect much from the place in terms of the way it looks from the outside and inside... it is actually an old-school place in Binondo. Adds to the charm doesn't it?  Hehe :-)

Will I Go Back?:
> Definitely! Especially for their pancit. Too bad they're closed on Sundays.

Do I Recommend This Place?:
> Yes! Especially if you're in the lookout for great tasting Pancit Guisado!





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9 comments:

  1. it is super yummy! you should definitely try it when you're in Binondo :)

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  2. Update for customer info .. new toho food center is open Sunday up to 2 pm . Not closed on Sunday .. please try the asado miki bihon it so delicious

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  3. Thank you for the Update! :) I guess that's good news for us :) We went there kasi 3x for Lunch sana on a Sunday pero dun sa 3x na yun it was closed 12noon kami andun lagi... sige, will try the asado miki bihon too! :) Yum! Thanks again!

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  4. I am not a fan of miki bihon...but I have to say that their pancit canton is the best one i've tasted in all of the chinese restaurants i've visited......for special occasions like birthday celebrations in our house, we always order Toho's pancit canton ......

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  5. if your fond of pansit, try amis. it's in quiapo. you wont go wrong with their pansit guisado and their fried chix. sooooooo yummy!

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  6. *** hello everyone! so sorry for the extremely late reply, had a pretty loooooooong writer's block as i became really busy at work since july 2011. anyway, i'd be adding more entries soon!:-) keep yourself posted! :-) ***

    @teody: really, i haven't tried their pancit canton... i guess that should be next on my list then, been ordering miki bihon for the longest time since i'm such a big fan :-) hehehe :-)

    @anonymous: where in quiapo can i find amis?

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  7. Finally! Found someone who shares the same enthusiasm i have over anything about noodles!

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  8. Amis is in carriedo st. If you're walking towards lrt carriedo fr the quiapo church, it's on your left side.

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