Today I am sharing a special recipe from my Lola (Filipino Grandmom) called pancit. It is a rice noodle dish chocked full of vegetables, chicken, and shrimp. It can be eaten as side dish or a main course. I was super nervous making this dish because nothing tastes quite like Lola’s. Luckily it came out wonderful, and I am excited to have learned how to make a dish that I can pass down to my children. I hope to learn a few more Filipino dishes this year to build up my repertoire.
Do you have any family recipes you want to learn? Would love to hear!
Pancit Recipe by Melissa’s Lola
1/2 lb of Rice Noodles
1 lb of Chicken Breasts Shredded
1/2 lb Shrimp Cut into smaller pieces
2 Carrots cut into long pieces
2 Stalks of Celery Diced
Few Garlic Cloves
3 Pieces of Chinese Cabbage
Handful of Green Beans Chopped
Handful of Snap Peas
1 Medium Sized Yellow Onion
1 Small Carton of Shitake Mushrooms
1) Boil the chicken for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Save the chicken broth! 2) Shred the chicken and set to the side. 3) Place the rice noodles in a bowl, add the hot chicken broth. **It took a long time (15-20 min) for the noodles to become soft. The package may say only 3 minutes, but you are not cooking the noodles again. If the water becomes cool, add hot (but not boiling) water. 4) Saute veggies in vegetable oil until cooked through, but still firm. Remove from heat. 5) Pan fry shrimp and cut up into smaller pieces. 6) Mix shrimp, chicken, vegetables, and noodles together. 7) To serve add soy sauce as desired and a squeeze of lemon – enjoy!