Albay folk promote seaweed 'pansit'

Posted at 04/08/2008 6:38 PM

By SARITA KARE
ABS-CBN Regional Network Group

Pansit or rice noodles -- how ever you cook it -- is a favorite Pinoy fare.

But coastal residents of Tiwi town in Albay province have discovered a new pansit variety right in their backyard.

Seaweed pansit has become a favorite among residents, thus creating another business opportunity for farmers.

Tiwi is teeming with seaweeds, making it the perfect place for seaweed pansit makers.

Aside from its unique taste, seaweed noodles is packed with health-benefits.

"We cant get calcium from seaweed and it's good for the children's bone and teeth development. For adults, seaweed has magnesium that prevents cardiovascular [problems],” said Seth Conde, the town’s project manager for seaweed pansit production.

Seaweed noodles can be cooked into pansit canton, pansit luglug,  spaghetti or carbonara.

A pack of seaweed noodles costs P25 while a kilo is sold for P50.

Some residents have also made chips out of seaweeds sold at P10 per pack.

Seaweed noodles are also making a social impact in Tiwi.

"We're targetting schools that have malnourished children," said Conde.

Presently, seaweed-made products are being manufactured at the back of the municipal gym.

There are also plans to supply seaweed pansit to various businesses in the province.

So if you're in Albay -- make sure to visit Tiwi where seaweed noodles have helped families earn extra income provide a food source for poverty-stricken children and put the municipality on the gourmet map.