Pancit canton recipe that helps you make this favourite Filipino dish at home with ingredients that are readily available in your local supermarket.
Whenever people find out I’m from the Philippines, I almost always get asked: do you have a recipe for pancit (pronounced pan-sit)? They always walk away disappointed though because I’d always say no.
Well not anymore! Now I do have a fabulous pancit canton recipe and the best part is, the recipe uses ingredients readily available here while still keeping that traditional pancit canton taste. Win-win!
What is pancit?
Filipinos grew up eating pancit but even non-Filipinos love it (they also love lumpia but I’m still working on that lol). But what is it? You take some noodles, stir-fry it with some vegetables and meat, serve it as a main or side.
So in a way it’s very similar to chow mein. But also very different. Does that makes sense?
This recipe uses canton which is a type of noodle. There are different kinds of noodles you can use for pancit, like bihon, habhab, etc. Each one looks and tastes different though the preparation is for the most part the same.
Pancit = long life!
A staple in any Filipino gathering, pancit signifies long life. I’m not sure why that is, though it’s a common belief among Filipinos that noodles = luck and abundance.
So if not pancit, Filipino-style spaghetti would most likely be on the menu instead.
Pancit canton recipe
Don’t be intimidated by the list of ingredients. The key to this pancit canton recipe is mis en place. Once you have everything ready, cooking is a breeze.
Speaking of ingredients, we buy all these in our local supermarket. Just look in the Asian or International aisle for things like the flour stick noodles (apparently that’s what canton is in English, who knew?). The rest are easy like the vegetables and the sauces.
If your local store doesn’t carry some of these items, you are certainly going to find them in an Asian supermarket. Or there’s always amazon!
That’s it, pancit.
So go ahead, take the plunge and make pancit today. It’s easier than you think. Plus, it’s delicious and remember, it brings good luck!
Pancit Canton Recipe (Filipino Stir-Fried Noodles)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil divided
- 3/4 cup julienned red bell pepper
- 3/4 cup julienned carrots
- 1 cup snap peas
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1/2 cup sliced chicken breast
- 1 cup fish balls sliced in half
- 1/2 cup sliced Chinese sausage also known as Chinese chorizo
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 1 16oz pack canton or flour stick noodles
- 1/4 cup dried black fungus see note
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions divided
- Add 1 tbsp vegetable oil to a wok or a deep, large skillet on med/high heat. Add 3/4 cup red bell pepper, 3/4 cup carrots and 1 cup snap peas. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Add another tbsp of oil to the pan and sauté 2 tbsp garlic with 1/2 cup onions until the onions are soft and translucent. Stir in 1/2 cup chicken and cook until lightly browned.
- Add 1 cup fish balls and cook for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup Chinese sausage and cook for a minute more. Be careful not to overcook or burn the meats. Lower your heat if necessary.
- Pour 3 cups chicken broth. Season with 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp oyster sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Stir then allow the mixture to boil.
- Carefully add the noodles and stir until it absorbs all the liquid. Add chopped black fungus then remove from heat.
- Add back your cooked vegetables, half of your chopped green onions and 1 tsp of sesame oil. Stir until combined.
- Sprinkle the rest of your green onions before serving. Best served warm.
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