Friday, February 28, 2014

Filipino Pancit

A few weeks ago, a friend came over and we made Panict together.  We also made a Filipino cake, which I'll blog about later.  I loved this- it brought me back to my childhood; the 2 short years we lived in the Philippines.  I got to sample all kinds of delicious Filipino food back then and I still enjoy eating it now.  Pancit is chicken and veggies cooked together with rice noodles and a little broth.  Such a simple, but satisfying dish.  And it makes a ton!  My friend had to bring over her wok, since I don't have one.  There's no way it could have fit in my largest skillet.  Note:  The recipe calls for 12 oz. of noodles; we only had an 8 oz. package and used that; it was PLENTY!!  Lol.  I'll include both below.  
Filipino Pancit
adapted from Allrecipes

1 (8 OR 12 ounce) package dried rice noodles
1 teaspoon oil
1 onion, thinly sliced and then quartered
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small head cabbage, thinly sliced
4 carrots, cut into matchsticks
2 cups diced cooked chicken breast meat*
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2- 1 cup broth, or more
2 lemons - cut into wedges, for garnish, optional
green onions, sliced, for garnish, optional

1.  Place the rice noodles in a large bowl, and cover with warm water. When soft, drain, and set aside.
2.  Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until soft. Stir in cabbage, carrots and soy sauce. Cook until cabbage begins to soften, then add chicken.  Toss in noodles and about 1/2 cup broth, and cook until heated through and noodles are tender, stirring constantly. Add more broth if necessary; as the noodles soak it up.  Transfer pancit to a serving dish and garnish with quartered lemons.

*To cook the chicken, we boiled it in a few cups of lightly salted water.  We reserved the broth afterwards and used this to cook the noodles.  
Leftover pancit with lumpia, and orange chicken!
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