Introduction: How to Make Pancit! (A Famous Filipino Dish)
Hello, in this instructable I will be guiding you step by step on how to create a famous filipino dish called pancit. In short, pancit can be a filling meal for you and/or your friends and family to enjoy. It can also be made for a snack or an appetizer. This dish is a traditional meal for most filipinos and is commonly made for birthdays because consuming noodles means you will have a long life.
Something to Consider:
There are countless ways to create pancit, but this is probably the most basic and common way to make it. You can substitute or get rid of many of the ingredients listed here
Carrots (1 medium size)
Cabbage (1/4 of one cabbage)
Rice Noodles (2 whole packages)
Soy Sauce (1 tablespoon)
Chicken Breast (1/2 of one chicken breast)
Olive Oil (2 tablespoons)
Chicken Flavor Bouillon (1 cube)
Oyster Sauce (1 tablespoon)
Water (1 cup)
Wok (can use a large pan)
Step 1: Peel and Cut the Vegetables
* This step includes the cabbage, garlic, onion, and carrot.
First off, I just want to make it clear that it does not matter how much of a vegetable you use for your own pancit, but for this instance I will be using 1 medium sized carrot, 1 garlic, 1 onion, and ¼ of a cabbage. Once you gather your vegetables start by peeling the garlic then crush it into smaller pieces using the garlic crusher. Then peel the carrot using the peeler and cut it into small pieces (it makes it easier to cut, if you cut at a 30-45 degree angle). Next you want to peel the onion before you cut it. Lastly, cut the cabbage and make sure to separate each vegetable in a different bowl.
- You can reduce the amount of tears caused by cutting onions if you chill them in the refrigerator or freezer for 10 - 15 minutes.
Step 2: Soak the Noodles
Grab a bowl big enough to hold 2 packages of rice noodles. Place the noodles in the bowl and fill up the bowl until the noodles are submerged in the water. Wait for a few minutes and check again until the noodles are soft. When they are soft, toss the noodles around to separate some strands from others; do this for as long as you want and when you are done use the drainer to get rid of the water and place the noodles into a bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and mix the contents.
Step 3: Boil the Chicken Breast
Grab a pot big enough to hold ½ of a chicken breast, so it does not have to be that big. Pour water into the pot then add the chicken breast. Place the pot onto a stove and let the water boil. Then wait for the chicken meat to become tender, you can tell by poking the meat with a fork and it sinks in with minimal effort. Once the chicken is ready, drain the water then shred the chicken into smaller pieces.
Step 4: Saute the Vegetables
Pre-heat the wok or large pan on medium heat for about a minute then pour about 2 tablespoons of olive oil into it. Quickly add the crushed garlic, onion pieces, carrot slices, and cabbage. Then add 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce, and a cube of chicken bouillon making sure to constantly mix the ingredients.
Step 5: Add Noodles
After a few minutes, once the vegetables soften up it is time to add the noodles. Pour the noodles onto the pan or wok and try to evenly distribute the contents by continuously mixing the ingredients. Continue stirring until the noodles are cooked. You can tell if they are soft enough to eat.
* Some people prefer their noodles to be fried because it gives a more crunchy feeling
Optional: Add extra seasoning like black pepper or salt if you prefer
Step 6: Enjoy
Congratulations, you finished making your pancit! Celebrate by devouring your product or share it among friends and/or family!
Above, there is a brief video showing each step that can be used as a reference, if you are confused by my wording in any step or what the food is supposed to look like in either step.
Be sure to share this recipe with your friends or family or keep it to yourself if you want to be the one to bring something new to a potluck! I hope you enjoyed the recipe, thank you for your time and have a nice day!