Pancit Malabon

Pancit Malabon (or Pansit Malabon), a savory noodle dish from the City of Malabon, is popular across the Philippines. It looks like Pancit Palabok, but it differs in that it has a wide variety of seafood toppings and the customary firm and thick rice noodles. The city is near the coast and another town, Navotas, where the fishing port is located.  Thus, the dish’s name comes after them as both cities are the centers of the seafood market.

For this pancit Malabon recipe, I simply added a few seafood pieces to spice up the dish. More simply, you may eat this pancit even without the seafood. The ground pork and tinapa flakes will create the same taste, though having seafood adds more flavor. Get started and enjoy this savory dish!

Additional Tips

  1. Unlike other pancit, you need to cook the noodles of Malabon ahead of time because of its thick size. Cook the noodles and the meat mixture separately.
  2. The number of toppings is entirely up to you. You may add mussels, fried tofu cubes, and other seafood to your liking.

Pancit Malabon

Elvira Leyco Lacatan
A savory noodle dish from the City of Malabon.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 people


Pancit Malabon Ingredients

  • ½ lbs rice noodles 250 g, thick rice noodles, cooked (just like cooking pasta noodles)
  • 1/4 cup oil cooking
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • ½ lbs ground pork 250 g
  • 2 cup water
  • 3 tsp annatto powder
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch + ½ cup water
  • 1 shrimp bouillon cube
  • 2 tbsp  fish sauce
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

For the toppings

  • 200 g shrimp tossed with a bit of oil in a skillet until orange in color
  • 100 g sliced squid cooked in a bit of soy sauce/vinegar/water until thickened
  • ½ cup tinapa or smoked fish flakes, stir-fried
  • 2 tbsp onion chopped spring
  • 1 egg boiled, sliced
  • ½ cup chicharon or pork rinds
  • 1 tbsp garlic toasted
  • 1 cup cabbage strips
  • 2-3 pcs calamansi or one quartered lemon


  • To make pancit Malabon, heat a small amount of oil in a cooking pot. Stir-fry the minced garlic and onions until about two minutes more. Add the ground pork and cook, frequently turning, until it is brown.
    Pancit Malabon dish step 1
  • Make it more flavorful by mixing in the black pepper, fish sauce, and shrimp cube once the ground pork reaches brown.
    Pancit Malabon dish step 2
  • Combine the annatto powder with the water to come up with the orange-colored mixture. If the color is still bland to you, feel free to add more.
    Pancit Malabon dish step 3
  • Stir two teaspoons of cornstarch into a half-cup of water to thicken the sauce. Place over the simmering sauce and keep stirring until it becomes thick, about 2 to 4 minutes.
    Pancit Malabon dish step 4
  • Now we’re almost done! It’s so easy to cook this type of pancit. To finish off, place the noodles on the plate, pour the sauce on top of it. Follow this sequence when adding toppings – cabbage strip – tinapa or smoked fish flakes – sliced squid – shrimp – spring onions – toasted garlic – chicharon or pork rinds – and sliced boiled egg.
    Pancit Malabon dish step 9
  • Of course, pancit Malabon is not complete without calamansi or lemon juice. Another way to serve it is by mixing the sauce and the noodles together before adding the toppings to distribute the sauce equally.
    Pancit Malabon dish step 12
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