Pancit Palabok: My Favorite Comfort Noodle Food
Pancit or pansit is the term for noodles in Filipino cuisine. Noodles were introduced into the Philippines by the Chinese and have since been adopted into local cuisine. The term pancit is derived from the Hokkien pian i sit which means “something conveniently cooked fast.” Source: Wikipedia.
The pancit palabok has become my favorite comfort noodle food because it’s easy to prepare (thank God for the Mama Sita mix) and I like everything that’s in it. The smell or shall I say aroma that’s unique to it, always reminds me of the times when my mom used to take me to the market. We would stop by the little stalls that sell food and eat merienda (light meal), and the only smell that I have always remembered was that of the palabok’s. Enjoy!
1 bag of palabok noodles (in Filipino stores)
2 pouches Mama Sita’s palabok mix
1 lb. ground pork
1 lb small shrimp
1/2 pack ground chicharon
3 hard boiled eggs, cut in wedges
1 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tbsps. cooking oil
2 1/2 cups chicken/pork stock
1 lemon, cut in wedges
3/4 cup scallions, chopped
1. Soak noodles in water for 30 minutes.
2. Cook noodles in boiling water for 15 minutes and drain. Set aside.
3. Dissolve palabok mix in stock & set aside.
4. Drop shrimp in boiling water, drain and set aside.
5. Saute garlic then the ground pork.
6. Add the shrimp.
7. Add the mix and let simmer until liquid thickens.
8. Add noodles to the sauce and mix.
9. Put on plate and add ground chicharon.
10. Garnish with egg, lemon wedges and scallions.