This is a deliciously sweet and savory Bihon Filipino Pancit recipe that’s easy to prepare and ready in less than 25 minutes!
Filipino Pancit Recipe
Rice or noodles? If you ask me which one I prefer I will hands down pick noodles. So much can be done with noodles and the variety available is quite staggering! Egg noodles, soba noodles, udon noodles, pasta, zoodles, somen noodles, shirataki noodles and one of my favorites; rice noodles. Why? Because they feel more delicate and light and are the perfect vehicle for south east Asian flavors (my favorite next to Japanese).
If you are wondering what pancit is, it’s a Filipino dish that usually consists of some type of noodle cooked with soy sauce and some variation of meats and chopped vegetables. These days, the term pancit exclusively refers to noodles in Filipino although the literal translation, which originated from the Chinese word pien sit, means ready-made food, or cooked food.
During the Spanish colonial times, Chinese migrants in the Philippines worked as street vendors. They were known as panciteros and mainly cooked for women who worked in cigar factories. These women bought meals from panciteros because they had no time to clean or cook at home. Street food became known as convenient take out food and since noodles are convenient to go food – well – you can see why the word pancit eventually took on the meaning it currently has.
That’s a little slice of Philippines’ history for you!
Every pancit recipe is different. Some are served with boiled eggs and Chinese sausages, while others contain pork and shrimp. Some have a citrus flavor while others are kept simple and cooked with soy sauce and a little sugar. Although there are hundreds, if not thousands of different versions of pancit, one thing remains consistent across the board: noodles signify a long and healthy life and therefore, should never be cut short. Because of this symbolism, noodles are served at birthday celebrations to represent good luck.
You can make pancit ahead of time and keep it refrigerated until it’s time to serve. Zapping it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes should do the trick, you don’t want to reheat it for too long otherwise the chicken will overcook.
Other easy and healthy Asian recipes:
- Honey sriracha tofu
- Chicken egg foo young
- Spaghetti squash yakisoba style
- Easy roasted chicken pho
- Vietnamese beef meatballs
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