Pancit is a traditional dish served in Filipino homes mainly for birthdays and celebrations. It is believed that noodles represent long life and health. I can still picture my mom and grandmother lovingly prepare this recipe and I was an eager child ready to assist with prepping the vegetables. Since their passing, it is important for me, now more than ever, to celebrate my roots and keep our cultural traditions alive. When I make this dish it's as if we're all cooking and laughing together again. I hope you come to try this tasty dish so you too can live a long and healthy life. Enjoy!
Heat 2 Tbsp of oil on high in a large wok or cooking pot. Just as oil begins to smoke carefully add sausage and onions. Saute for 1 minute then add carrots, celery, red bell pepper, garlic and chicken. Cook for another two. Add black pepper to taste. Remove from wok/pan and set aside.
In the same wok/pan add 2 cans of broth plus 1 can water, soy sauce, and Tbsp oil. Once it begins to boil turn the heat to medium-low and add noodles. Mix gently so not to break fragile noodles and often so the noodles do not stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. Additional water can be added if necessary. Cook only until noodles are firm (not hard and definitely not mushy). Cooking times vary depending on the brand and type of noodle used. I sample the noodles throughout this process until I get the right consistency.
Mix cabbage, sauteed vegetables and meats into the noodles. Turn off the heat and and allow to sit covered for ten to fifteen minutes. Serve garnished with scallions and lemon wedges.
NOTE: Pancit is versatile and any combination of vegetables, meats and/or seafood can be used. I often mix canton and bihon style noodles (like my mom and grandma did) and prefer to make my own broth using dark meat chicken and later shredding it for the dish. Low sodium broth and light soy sauce can be substituted for this recipe as well.
VEGETARIAN and VEGAN FRIENDLY: Pancit style noodles are mainly rice flour/ cornstarch based and do not contain animal products. Substitute with vegetable broth and your choice of vegetables, soy meat and/or tofu.
My health-concious friends and coworkers love my meatless version =)