Pancit choca
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Alternative namespancit choca en su tinta, pancit de choca, pancit choco, pancit pusit, pancit negra, pancit itim, fideos negros, pancit bihon à la negra
CourseMain dish
Place of originPhilippines
Region or stateCavite
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientssquid ink, calamari, rice vermicelli, kamias
Similar dishespaella negra, pancit bihon

Pancit choca is a Filipino black seafood noodle dish made with squid ink and bihon (rice vermicelli). It originates from Cavite, Philippines, and is originally known as pancit choca en su tinta in Caviteño Chavacano. It is also known more commonly as pancit pusit in Filipino. It is a type of pancit.[1][2]


In original Caviteño Chavacano, the dish is known as pancit choca (or choco) en su tinta, literally "noodle with squid in its own ink", commonly shortened to pancit choca or pancit choco.[1][2][3] Choca or choco (sometimes spelled choka or choko) means "squid" in Chavacano.[4]

Pancit choca is also known as pancit pusit ("squid pancit"); as well as pancit itim, pancit negra, pancit estacion negra, pancit bihon à la negra, fideos negros, and "black pancit" among other names, due to its color.[5][6][7][8]


Pancit choca is initially cooked similarly to adobong pusit.[9] First, the ink sacs (lumot) have to be removed from the squid without puncturing them. These are reserved for later. The squid is cleaned and diced into rings and sautéed along with garlic, onion, bay leaves, and (optionally) labuyo chili. Vinegar, soy sauce, a little bit of water, and the squid ink are then added and brought to a boil. Additional spices may be added to taste, like patis (fish sauce) and salt. The bihon (rice vermicelli) is added last with the heat reduced until it is soft but still al dente.[10][5] Some versions soften the bihon in hot water and mix it at the very end of cooking.[9]

It is traditionally garnished with crushed chicharon, scallions, kinchay (Chinese celery), and thinly-sliced kamias (bilimbi).[3] It is served with calamansi and labuyo chili (if the latter wasn't added beforehand).[6] Dayap (key lime) or biasong (a type of papeda), may also be used in place of calamansi.[11]

Some variants of the dish use sotanghon (glass noodles) instead of bihon.[10][12] Others also add mussels or shrimp, and/or cook the dish in shrimp stock instead of water.[13]

See also


  1. ^ a b Lardizabal-Dado, Noemi. "Pansit Choco En Su Tinta or Pansit Pusit". Pinoy Food Blog. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b Uy, Amy A. (24 February 2013). "Asiong's Carinderia: Why it still is the pride of Cavite City". GMA News Online. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b Polistico, Edgie (2017). Philippine Food, Cooking, & Dining Dictionary. Anvil Publishing, Incorporated. ISBN 9786214200870.
  4. ^ "How to say Food & Kitchen related words in Chabacano". Bien Chabacano. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Pansit Negra". Pinoy Hapagkainan. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b Alvarez, Lhas. "Squid Ink Pancit Bihon Recipe". Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  7. ^ Soliman, Michelle Anne P/ (8 June 2018). "Exploring a heritage cuisine". Business World. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  8. ^ "The Black Pancit". The Pancit King. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Pancit de Choca or Pancit Pusit". Lutong Cavite. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Pancit Pusit". Panlasang Pinoy Meaty Recipes. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Pancit Pusit a la Marketman". Market Manila. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Pancit Pusit". The Maya Kitchen. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  13. ^ DeRivera, Angeli. "Why This Midnight Sotanghon Recipe Is the Dark Noodle Dish You Need to Try". OneMega. Retrieved 16 December 2018.