Saturday, September 24, 2011

Easy One-Dish Dinner: Pancit

This is a easy Asian style dish that is really popular in the Philippines. It is similar to the fried noodles (chǎo miàn  炒面) that are popular in China as well, but there is less oil and more meat and vegetables in this version. When I was working in a hospital, I worked with Filipino nurses and love it when they brought this dish to share. We had a Filipino friend over recently, and I wanted to try making pancit for her. She thought this recipe was pretty similar to what they make back at her home.

Easy Pancit Recipe

  • 1 (12 ounce) package dried rice noodles
  • 2–3 Tbsp oil
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1–3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 chicken breasts (diced)
  • 1 small head cabbage, (thinly sliced)
  • 3 carrots (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 lemons cut into wedges (if desired for garnish)

  1. Soak your rice noodles in water, or boil briefly to soften. The noodles should still be a little al dente.
  2. In a large frying pan or wok, heat the oil, and begin to cook the onion and garlic.
  3. Add in the chicken, and cook meat thoroughly.
  4. Then add the vegetables, frying just until they begin to soften.
  5. Last add the noodles, frying to mingle the flavors and finish cooking the noodles.
  6. Season with soy sauce and lemon wedges if desired.

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