03 August 2016

Pancit Canton

Since I haven't lived in the Philippines yet and since their food is supposed to be amazing, this seems like the perfect chance to try Filipino cooking since it's easy to find the ingredients here.  We started easy last night with Pancit Canton.  This is totally doable in the US if you have an Asian grocery store.  A regular grocery store might not have the noodles or oyster sauce. This is another good way to use up odds and ends of vegetables in your fridge. It's also a flexible recipe- you can do more or fewer vegetables, whatever protein you want (or not at all), and if your noodle package is a different size, you can adjust the broth accordingly. It's also a really easy one-pot meal. I'm betting we will have this a lot.

A couple of tablespoons of oil
1 chopped onion
Lots of chopped garlic
Lots of chopped vegetables- at least 1.5 cups, and I used lots more*
1 cup or so of protein**
3 cups chicken broth
5 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1 pound pancit canton***
Cayenne to taste
Vinegar, lemon, or lime

Sauté the onion in the oil in a large wok, skillet, or pot, depending on what you have, for a couple of minutes, then add any hard vegetables (like carrots) you might be using.  Cook a bit and add the garlic and protein and softer vegetables and stir-fry everything for a few minutes, at least until the protein is cooked if it wasn't already. Add about 2.5 cups broth and the soy sauce and oyster sauce and sugar and bring to a boil.  Add the uncooked noodles and work them into the saucy vegetables to cook them.  It's a little tricky at first but you'll get there. It helps to be working in a large cooking vessel.  Keep cooking and stirring until the noodles are done, adding more broth or water if necessary.  Add more soy sauce or oyster sauce if needed, and top with spice and sour.

*I used carrots and red peppers because that's what I had, but you could do green beans, cabbage, broccoli, so many other things.

**I used cooked, shredded chicken. You can use pretty much anything. 

***I bought noodles that were labeled this, but I'm not sure I've seen them labeled this way in the US, at least in areas without a Filipino population.  Look for Chinese wheat noodles- they'll be round and thicker than spaghetti, but not egg noodles or rice noodles.  I've bought them before in the US.

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