Though this dish sounds like it originated from Macau well that is only partly true because this noodle dish is called like such because one of its main ingredients, the Chorizo de Macau. Now that is even more confusing right? You may say that Chorizo de Macau is from Macau, well not quite, this sausage which is sometimes called Chinese Chorizo or Longaniza Macau is purely Filipino, it can only be found in Philippines and it’s the Filipinos take on Lap Cheong. This type of sausage is almost similar to other Filipino sausages except that its dry and use of Chinese spices like star anise, aniseed and/or anisado (anise liqueur) which gives it its distinctive aroma and floral flavour and this is what gives this dish that we have today that unique taste. Now I say partly true initially because noodles is not actually native in the Philippines and was just brought over by the Chinese migrants’ long time ago.
Pancit Macao or Pancit Macau is one of the many varieties of Filipino Pancit and what makes this distinct from the others is what I mentioned above, the use of Chorizo de Macau, but it does not end there while most Pancit in the Philippines uses chicken and/or pork, this on the other hand uses beef as well as other meats like char siu pork and prawns. Basically a fully loaded pancit which makes it special over the others. Although this is a type of fried noodles it does come with a bit of sauce/gravy.
Have you tried this dish? Why not give it a shot on that next special occasion and impress your guests with this special dish.