Pancit Bihon
Recipe type: Main, Noodles, Asian, Filipino
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Serves: 4
 
Pancit is rice noodles sauteed with vegetables and pork or chicken. It is very delicious, it is often served at birthday parties to wish celebrant long life ahead in Filipino culture.
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces pancit bihon (thin rice noodles)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 12 ounces chicken or pork
  • 2 carrots, peeled, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 medium chayote, peeled and cut into strips
  • cabbage sliced into thin strips ( I usually used a whole small head or about 8-12 ounces)
  • 3 cups chicken stock (or use water from boiling pork or chicken)
  • green beans (baguio beans), julienned ( cut thinly into diagonal strips)
  • soy sauce
  • fish sauce (patis), optional
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • chicharon for topping (optional)
  • calamansi
Instructions
  1. Boil pork or chicken in a pot with 3½ cups water seaoned with whole peppercorns, salt and bay leaf. Cook until pork or chicken is tender. Drain, reserve water. Let meat cool a little before cutting it into strips.
  2. Rinse bihon and set aside.
  3. Heat some cooking oil in a wide and deep pan; saute minced garlic and onion,cook until soft; add cooked pork or chicken, lightly season with salt and pepper; cook until meat is browned and caramelized.
  4. Add carrots, saute for a minute then add chayote and green beans. Pour stock, season with so sauce, fish sauce, if using, and freshly ground pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes or until veggies are half-cooked. Add the bihon, it will gradually loosen and get softer as it absorbs water/stock.
  6. Add the cabbage after most of the stock is gone and the bihon is soft; cook for about 5 minutes, or until all the water/stock is absorbed or gone.
  7. Transfer to a platter or serving dish. Top with crushed chicharon if using and sliced calamansi.
  8. Pair it with lumpiang shanghai or marinated grilled/ broiled meat and of course rice. :)
Recipe by Latest Recipes at http://www.latestrecipes.net/2010/05/20/pancit-bihon/