Yes, we know that Cebu and Bacolodarefooddestinations. We’ve done the food crawls, and we prepare our stomachs whenever we know we’re about to visit. But we also need to talk more about another food destination that needs more attention: Iloilo.
Though it is an hour’s boat-ride away from Bacolod, and you can find impressive versions in the latter, La Paz Batchoy and Pancit Molo are recognized to be originally from Iloilo, and we need to pay homage to the originators. So here’s something to get you excited about booking a trip during the next seat sale: a doable Pancit Molo recipe.
Serves: 4 people
Active time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour
1 tbsp. annatto seeds
½ cup oil
200g ground pork
¼ cup carrots, minced
¼ cup spring onions, minced
1 tbsp. fish sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
24 molo wrappers
8 cups chicken broth
Spring onions, for garnish
Fried garlic, for garnish
For the annatto oil, heat annatto seeds and oil in a small pan until the oil is brightly colored.
Drain and set the oil aside to cool slightly.
For the dumplings, mix together pork, carrots, spring onions, fish sauce, and salt and pepper.
Taking a teaspoon or two of filling at a time, place filling inside molo wrappers and pinch sides together to seal.
Continue until all filling is used.
If desired, cut any extra wrappers in half.
In a large pot over medium heat, bring chicken broth to a boil.
Carefully add prepared dumplings and molo wrappers into the broth and cook until filling is cooked through and wrappers are soft.
Turn heat off.
Serve soup and dumplings in bowls and garnish with prepared annatto oil, spring onions, and fried garlic.
Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.