Let me bring you a sampling of a well-known recipe from my native land, Philippines, called Pancit. It’s pronounced, “Pan-set”. It’s mainly stir-fried noodles with fresh vegetables and it can be served with or without meat. It’s very simple to make. Very light in calories and oh so tasty!
Here are the ingredients:
- 8 oz. pack of egg noodles (available in your grocery store mainly in the Asian isle)
- 1 c. chicken, pork or shrimp
- 1/2 c. fresh carrots (thinly sliced)
- 1/2 c. fresh peapods (with ends removed)
- 1/4 c. fresh scallions (chopped)
- 1/2 c. onions (thinly sliced)
- 1 clove of garlic (crushed)
- 1 c. chicken stock (you may use water, but I find the chicken stock to add more flavor)
- 1 T soy sauce
- 1 T vegetable oil
- 1T sesame oil
- salt and pepper to taste (optional)
- sprig of cilantro
In a skillet, on medium high heat, stir fry the meat in vegetable oil, until no longer pink, then add garlic and onions. Cook until transparent without burning the garlic. Then add the carrots, peapods and scallions, waiting 2 to 3 minutes in between. I like my vegies crispy. Spoon the ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Meanwhile, in the same skillet (without rinsing the skillet, as this will enhance the seasoning of the noodles) add the chicken stock , soysauce and sesame oil. Add the noodles and stir fry until the noodles are tender to your liking. Mix the vegetables and meat mixture in with the noodles. You may season with more salt and pepper if you wish. Serve with a sprig of cilantro.
You may also serve this with a slice of lemon on the side. I find that a light squeeze of the lemon juice gives the dish an added zing!
Yields: About 4 to 6 servings.
Let me know if you try this recipe and how you like it! I always like to hear feedback… Enjoy.