Quick and Easy Pancit

Introduction

Dive into the savory world of Quick and Easy Pancit, a Filipino noodle dish celebrated for its delicious combination of flavors and cultural significance. This speedy recipe pays homage to the traditional Pancit Canton, offering a delightful taste of Filipino cuisine in a time-efficient manner.

Background and History

Pancit holds a special place in Filipino culture, symbolizing long life and good fortune. Derived from the Hokkien Chinese word “pian i sit,” meaning “something conveniently cooked,” Pancit has evolved into various regional versions across the Philippines. Quick and Easy Pancit captures the essence of this beloved dish, emphasizing simplicity without compromising on taste.

Serves

4 servings

Time

Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Canton Noodles (8 oz)

Dried egg noodles work well.

Chicken Breast (1/2 lb, thinly sliced)

Adds protein.

Shrimp (1/2 lb, peeled and deveined)

Provides a seafood element.

Soy Sauce (3 tbsp)

For a savory base.

Fish Sauce (1 tbsp)

Enhances umami flavor.

Garlic (3 cloves, minced)

Adds aromatic depth.

Onion (1 medium, thinly sliced)

Sweetness and texture.

Carrots (2, julienned)

Adds color and crunch.

Cabbage (2 cups, shredded)

Provides a hearty element.

Chicken Broth (1 cup)

For moisture and flavor.

Vegetable Oil (2 tbsp)

Used for sautéing.

Lemon or Calamansi (1, sliced)

For a citrusy finish.

Green Onions (2 tbsp, chopped)

Garnish for freshness.

Hard-Boiled Eggs (2, sliced)

Optional topping.

Instructions

Cook Noodles

Boil Canton noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Sauté Chicken and Shrimp

In a large pan, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Sauté minced garlic until fragrant. Add sliced chicken and shrimp, cooking until they are no longer pink.

Add Vegetables

Stir in sliced onion, julienned carrots, and shredded cabbage. Sauté until vegetables are tender.

Season with Soy Sauce and Fish Sauce

Pour soy sauce and fish sauce over the mixture. Toss to combine, ensuring even coating.

Incorporate Noodles and Chicken Broth

Add the cooked noodles to the pan, tossing them with the other ingredients. Pour in chicken broth to moisten the noodles and create a flavorful sauce.

Finish and Garnish

Squeeze lemon or calamansi over the Pancit for a citrusy kick. Top with sliced hard-boiled eggs and chopped green onions. Mix well.

Nutrition Facts

(Per serving – based on 4 servings)

Calories: 400

Total Fat: 10g

Cholesterol: 80mg

Sodium: 900mg

Total Carbohydrates: 50g

Protein: 25g

Notes

Customize with additional vegetables or protein of choice.

Experiment with various toppings like fried garlic or crushed chicharrón.

Allergy Warning

Check for shellfish and gluten allergies with shrimp and noodles. Adjust ingredients accordingly for dietary restrictions.

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