Delicious Pancit Bihon Recipe
Simple Pancit Bihon Recipe
Filipino have already embraced the Chinese cultures and traditions being in the Philippines as merchants even before the Spanish colonization for three centuries.
According to Chinese tradition, noodles symbolize long life. That's why during birthday celebrations, pancit has always been part of the food menu, wishing the celebrants for a happy long life.
My nephew celebrated his birthday last month and instead of ordering pancit, we decided to cook for him. Although we cook a simple version of pancit, at least we have chosen the ingredients and achieved the tastes that we want. I volunteered to cook because I knew I am the best chef around. LOL!
Here are the ingredients for our simple version of pancit bihon:
1 kilo pancit bihon (the square block type)
1 whole chicken breast
1 whole cabbage, sliced
1 whole celery, sliced
1 bunch cilatro, sliced
1/4 kgs. beans, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
2 sweet bell peppers, sliced
2 red onions, chopped
2 bulbs garlic, chopped
2 chicken cubes
Salt to taste
This is how to prepare and cook the pancit bihon:
Wash the whole chicken breast.
Boil 2 liters of water, with half of the chopped garlic and onion, 2 chicken cubes, black pepper and salt.
Put the chicken breast until half tender, take it out and let it cool down.
Set aside half of the chicken broth and let the remaining half boiling.
Debone and tear the chicken meat by hands into small fiber strips and set aside.
Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or pan and sauté the garlic and onion
Add the prepared chicken breast until fully tender.
Put the carrot and beans, then mix until half cooked.
Add celery, sweet bell pepper and cabbage, then mix.
Put soy sauce and seasoning, then mix again
Sprinkle ground black pepper and salt to achieve the desired taste.
Add chopped cilantro, set aside.
Add soy sauce to the boiling chicken broth until you achieve the desired taste and color.
Gradually add the blocks of pancit bihon noodles to the boiling chicken broth.
Add some of the remaining broth as needed and let it simmer for five minutes.
Add half of the sautéed chicken and vegetables, then mix.
When cooked, turn off the stove and place the pancit in a large platter or bilao.
Garnish on top the remaining sautéed chicken and vegetables.
Your pancit is now ready. Happy Birthday and enjoy the celebration.
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Originally Published in Bubblews by the same and one author Doodsdpogi ®
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