Restaurant Review: There’s nothing like great take-out and although Pansang’s Filipino Cuisine has some tables and chairs, this place is best when you’re ordering out for your family or for big parties.
Pansang’s Filipino Cuisine has been open for the last eight years in Eastlake. It was first owned by Lisa Rivera, which is why it’s still often known as “Lisa’s”. However, the place changed hands two years ago and the new owner is Florencia Ching. They are relatives, both originally from the province of Bulacan, Philippines.
Lisa Rivera’s great authentic cuisine is so well-known in the South Bay that she has an additional restaurant in National City.
Their food is authentically Filipino and if you are familiar with the cuisine, it’s incredibly diverse, hearty and time-consuming to make.
Start with the basic lumpia and pancit. The chicken adobo is next alongside the shrimp ukoy (pancakes). Eventually, if you’re an adventurous eater, you can ask for the duck egg with the embryo inside, called Balut. It doesn’t get more authentic than that.
The desserts are as rich as the main meals. I recommend the flan, putt (a rice cake) and the turon (sweet glazed egg rolls).
Where: 2260 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91915
When: Mon-Fri 6am to 8:30pm, Sat 7am to 8:30pm, Sun 7am to 7pm.
Call Ahead for take out: (619) 656-1022