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I think I know why I don't make pancit that often. I don't like, nor want, to compete with my mother.

I made pancit according to my mom's recipe in today's Food pages, and I must say, it tasted almost -- almost -- like hers. But I let the noodles soak too long in water before draining them (yes, I know the recipe says 5 minutes, and I went over 5 minutes), and when I added them to the wok, they just fell apart. Filipinos eat noodles for good luck, as the Chinese do. Long noodles signify a long, prosperous life -- get it? Lesson learned for next time.

Also, here's a short list of my go-to Filipino food stores around town:

Carl & Ching
3349 W. Irving Park
(773) 267-9007
A relatively new discovery for me, though I live mere blocks away, but a gem. The tiny store makes the most of its two narrow aisles.

Unimart
5845 N. Clark
(773) 271-8676
Everything you need, including some killer baked goods. There are locations in the burbs, too.

3R Oriental Food
A little grungy, but it stocks most everything, including some fresh produce and meat.
2712 W. Montrose
(773) 478-2599

Chef Bill Kim is taking Urban Belly on the road, his wife, Yvonne Cadiz-Kim, tells us.

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Plans are unfurling for a Los Angeles outpost of Kim's noodles-and-dumplings joint at 3053 N. California.

Here we were getting all excited about the Kogi BBQ chef coming into town and teasing us with tastes of his taco truck cuisine, which isn't coming our way anytime soon, and one of our own is spreading his wings (as he should).

In fact, Kim and Kogi chef Roy Choi bonded while at the National Restaurant Association show, which ended Tuesday. Choi promised to be Kim's tour guide when he visits L.A. in a few weeks.

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