Pancit translates to “noodles” in Filipino, brought in by the Chinese, noodles served this way are popular in Filipino culture. I tried pancit the first time at my sister’s house, we were doing a family potluck and her sister in law, Veronica is from the Philippines she brought her version to share with us. From the first bite, I was addicted, savory, crispy, sweet, a bit sour it had everything you could ask for in a noodle dish rivaling even my favorite lo mein, yakisoba, or chow mein dishes I have eaten. My version is not authentic as it is my interpretation, but its easy to find all the ingredients in even the most rural grocery store, but versatile enough to stand up to any seasonal produce or protein you have.
1/2 lb dried angel hair pasta
1.5 Cups protein of choice or none at all, great as a vegetarian dish, I used char siu style pork, if you are using raw protein, make sure and stir fry with the vegetables.
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. Oyster sauce
1/4 Cup water
2 tsp. chili black bean sauce (I usually stock my pantry with essentials from the Asian market you can sub in sambal, or even sriracha)
1/2 tsp. Tomato chicken bouillon, Knorr has a good one, or Maggi.
1 T. Seasoned rice wine vinegar
2 T. peanut oil
2 Cups shredded cabbage
1 medium onion, sliced
2 carrots, sliced thin.
3 ribs celery, sliced thin.
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. black pepper
a few lime wedges for garnish
Cook noodles in boiling water for 4 minutes. (I break mine in half) Drain and set aside. Heat peanut oil over high heat in the largest pan you have,ideally a wok but any large skillet will work, in a small bowl combine, soy, oyster, chili sauce, bouillon,vinegar, and water, stir well making sure to dissolve bouillon. In hot skillet place onions, garlic, celery,cabbage, and carrots, stir fry for several minutes until celery is tender, crisp. Add sauce mixture, noodles, and toss well, season with black pepper and squeeze lime over the top. Serve hot! This is the type of dish that after making a few times you won’t need to follow a set recipe and can pick and choose to fine tune to your preferences.