Pancit

Jojie Billups

Although I was born in the Philippines and spent most of my early age there, I never really learned how to make a lot of their dishes I enjoy and love. Until I got much older and have kids that I became interested in some of these dishes. I have a very long way to go as I watch and learn and appreciate the meaning of serving some of this dishes to my friends and family. A lot of my Filipino friends are excellent in the kitchen, I get invited to a lot of gatherings and I get to taste their amazing food they bring to the table.

One thing is for sure, you should never passed up an opportunity to come to Filipino party, if you want to enjoy some delicious home cooking.

One dish stands out on every gathering …its the rice noodle dish PANCIT.

This dish is serve in every occasion , dinner party, potluck, holidays, specially birthdays.

PANCIT is always present at birthday parties.

This dish is supposed to give the celebrant longevity, a long and healthy life. So needless to say cake maybe a tradition to have on birthdays but it is not complete if PANCIT is not being served.

Of course, this dish  is so easy to make and love by everyone , there is no need to wait for special occasion to serve it. I serve this to my family all the time. And it’s always a hit.

Try it and I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we do. I guarantee that once you perfect this dish everyone will ask for it every time.

PANCIT

  • 1 pkg of rice (bihon) noodles (tropicana)
  • 3/4 lbs chicken, pork or shrimp (your choice )
  • Small cabbage chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery sliced
  • 2 large carrots sliced
  • 1/4 lbs snow peas
  • Small onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic or a teaspoon jarred garlic
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sliced lemon for garnish

Soak the noodles in warm water for about 5min , just enough to soften them a little .

Sauté garlic and onions till translucent,then add carrots and celery .

Then add your meat,  cook for  about 2-3 min. Then add the rest of the veggies and  soy sauce  do not over cook, about 5 minute. Remove all the veggies out , leaving the liquid in the pan. Drain the noodles and cook it in the liquid (low heat). If it’s a little dry you may add a 1/2 cup of water or chicken stock. Stirring it gently you can slowly add the cooked vegetables in . Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with steam rice.

Enjoy!

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