Pansit Palabok

Pancit or pansit is the term for noodles in Filipino cuisine. Noodles were introduced into the Philippines by the Chinese and have since been adopted into local cuisine. The term pancit is derived from the Hokkien pian i sit (Chinese: 便ê食; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: piān-ê-si̍t) which means “something conveniently cooked fast.”

There are a lot of pancit variations and pancit palabok is one of them. Palabok is the Filipino word for garnish or embellishment. But the garnishings in palabok are more than decorations, they make the noodle dish incredibly delicious. Pancit Palabok is a noodle dish with shrimp sauce and topped with several ingredients such as cooked shrimp, boiled pork, crushed chicharon, tinapa flakes, scallions, and fried garlic. It is such a very tasty treat for everyone!


1 pound rice noodles (bihon)
2 tablespoons cooking oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 pound ground pork
1 tablespoon anatto powder or annatto seeds soaked in 3 water
2 cups pork broth
1 cup shrimp juice
3 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in ¼ water
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 cup boiled pork, thinly sliced and cut into small pieces and sauteed in oil until go
1/2 cup tinapa flakes (smoked fish)
1/2 cup grounded chicharon
3 hard boiled eggs,sliced
1/2 pound shrimps peeled and sauteed in oil (reserve heads and peels for juice)
1/4 cup green onion or scallions, finely chopped
3 tablespoons fried garlic (you can use ready made fried garlic or 9 clove
2 pieces lemon, sliced (or 6 to 8 pieces calamansi)


1. Soak noodles in cold water for 20 minutes or until softened.
2. Cook in a pot of boiling water until tender but still firm.
3. Drain well and set aside.
4. Cook the sauce.
5. Heat a saucepan and pour the cooking oil.
6. When the oil is hot enough, sauté the garlic until golden brown. Add the ground pork and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes.
7. Dilute the annatto powder in pork broth (or if you are using annatto seeds, discard the seeds and add the annatto water to pork broth) then pour the mixture in the saucepan. Bring to a boil.
8. Add the shrimp juice and stir and simmer for 3 minutes.
9. Add dissolved cornstarch.
10. Add the fish sauce and ground black pepper then simmer until sauce becomes thick. Set aside.
11. Place the noodles in a serving plate.
12. Place the sauce on top of the noodles then arrange the toppings over the sauce.
13. Serve with a slice of lemon or calamansi. Enjoy!
Credit: Foodista

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