Pancit Palabok

There are many ways of cooking noodles, locally known as pancit or pansit. This is a term of noodles in Filipino cuisine the Chinese immigrants introduced to the Philippines.

Another type of it is pancit palabok. It is a kind of rice noodles with a thick shrimp gravy or a seafood sauce with a bright orange color.  This is one of my favorite noodle variation and I often order  it during vacations in The Philippines. No wonder I have to try preparing it myself.

Ingredients:

  • 2 hard boiled eggs, cut into quarter
  • minced spring onion
  • achiote or annato ( mix with a little bit of water )
  • corn flour ( mix with a little bit of water )
  • fish sauce
  • shrimp broth
  • 1/2 kl shrimp, peeled
  • rice noodles ( bihon )
  • calamansi
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • half of white onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • tinapa flakes
  • salt
  • chicharong baboy (fried pork rinds) coarsely pounded (optional)

Cooking Procedure:

Prepare the noodles:

  1. Boil 3 cups of water. Add noodles and little bit of salt , dip it in a boiling water for at least 8 minutes or until rice noodles is cooked. Drain first and later arrange it in a plate and set aside.

Shrimp broth:

  1. Wash and clean shrimp by getting off heads and skin and also used toothpick to get the black sand vein. Set aside the head and deviled meat.
  2. Boil 1/2 cup of water and add shrimp head and let it simmer in a low heat for at least 10 minutes and add dash of  fish sauce. Drain and keep the broth.
Sauce:
  1. In a shallow non-stick pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onion  with deviled shrimp for at least 3 minutes. Add annato mix and tinapa flakes. Keep stirring for another 2 minutes.
  2. Pour shrimp broth, add 2 tbsp of fish sauce. Let it simmer for a while then add mixture of  corn flour or  corn starch for a thick result.

Garnishing: Follow it in order.

  • On top of the noodles plate:
  1. Pour sauce mixture
  2. Sprinkle powdered pork sitsaron
  3. Arrange quarter cut hard boiled eggs
  4. Sprinkle with chopped spring onion
  5. At the side of the plate, put cut calamansi

Cooking Tips:

  1. Do not overcooked your noodles.
  2. Do not throw the remaining sauce or  noodles. You can still use it for making another serve.
  3. You can add more fish sauce to make it more tastier.
  4. You can use crabs and squid.
  5. You can use chicken broth.