Pancit Canton is a very versatile dish that combines noodles, savory meats, and vegetables. This is a delicious Filipino dish of noodles. You will almost always see this dish served at Filipino birthdays and baptisms to symbolize long life. This distinct pancit recipe, because there are many pancit recipes, is filled with pulled pork strips, shrimp, and sausage. The varied vegetables make the finished product very colorful and pleasant to look at, besides being delicious.
If you have never cooked pancit before, don’t worry, I am going to walk you through this process. Although this process can be time consuming, it is well worth the effort. Your family and guest will love it!
Ingredients for Pancit Canton
1 package of pancit canton (250 grams)
4 ounces, pork sliced very thin
1 piece of Chinese style (or chorizo, if you like) sausage, sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
10 pieces fresh or frozen shrimp, medium size
12 pieces snow peas or snap peas
¾ cup julienne carrots
1 small head cabbage, chopped to 5 x 5cm
1½ cups of chicken broth
1 tablespoon of oyster sauce (optional)
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
¾ cup water
½ cup chopped parsley
3 tablespoons cooking oil
Pepper and salt to taste
Directions for Pancit Canton
Start by prepping the vegetables; put 3 cups water and 2 cups ice into a large bowl and then set aside; blanch the snap peas, cabbage, and carrots in one liter of boiling water for about one minute, which will retain the bright color and texture of the vegetables; the next step is to sauté the garlic, onions, and meats in a large wok or kettle, add the cooking oil after the wok is hot; add the pork/chicken and sausage and cook for 2 minutes; add chicken broth, soy and oyster sauce, and seasoning, stir and let the meat cook for just five minutes; add the shrimp and parsley; let cook an additionally 3 minutes; add the noodles to the mixture after the shrimp are cooked; gently toss the noodles to absorb the liquid; add the blanched vegetables; and then toss and cook 1 or 2 minutes. Put it on a serving dish and serve!
Snow peas, which Filipinos call chicharo are very sweet and colorful. You can use chicken instead of pork, if desired. I use oyster sauce to add a unique flavor.