Hello! My name is Marigold and I am visiting here from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! Today I would like to share one of my mom's recipes. For those of you who can't tell from looking at my typing, my mom was Filipino. Making me half-Filipino! I lost my mom to breast cancer a little over five years ago. Since then I have found myself having lots of moments where I really, really wish I had collected all of the recipes that she stored in her head. Because she could cook! And OH! how I miss her cooking! What I do now is basically call my sister and ask if she has Mom's recipe for such-and-such, then hunt the Internet for similar recipes, then do trial-and-error runs in my kitchen until I get something that's not quite as good as Mom used to make.
One of the recipes that I was lucky enough to get from her was for Pancit. This is a pretty basic Filipino noodle and vegetable dish that probably has a thousand variations. This one, though, is the best because it was my mom's!
Mom's Best Pancit Ever, Fool!
1 pkg. rice noodles
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup water
1 handful (about a dozen or so) snow peas, ends trimmed
3-4 leaves bok choy
1 green onion
1/3 head of broccoli (approx. 1 heaping cup chopped)
1 tsp. sugar
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 clove crushed garlic
Meanwhile, chop all of your vegetables into bite-sized pieces. The carrots should be cut thinly an at an angle, the bok choy into strips, the green onion should be finely chopped, etc.
Make your serving sauce: in a small (non-metal) bowl, combine soy sauce and crushed garlic and the juice of half a lime. Set aside.
Drain the noodles, reserving some of the broth. Don't rinse the noodles. Using clean kitchen scissors, cut the noodles up so that they are a few inches long. No need to be precise here, just make them short enough to be manageable enough to eat.
Heat oil in a wok or large frying pan over a medium high heat. Saute garlic until soft, about a minute, then add all of the vegetables. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add noodles. Sprinkle over with sugar, salt and pepper and a few teaspoons of your soy sauce mixture. Cook and toss together until heated through, about 3 minutes more.
Remove to a bowl. If some of the noodles have stuck to the bottom of the pan, deglaze with the pan with some of your reserved broth (about 1/4 cup should do). Scrape up any browned bits and stuck noodles with a wooden spoon. Pour over your bowl of cooked pancit and toss together.
Serve warm with a wedge of lime and sprinkle over with with soy sauce mixture.
That's it! You can also add shredded chicken, pork or shrimp to this dish to make it a little heartier for a main dish, but I have always loved it with just the noodles and veggies.
Thanks for having me over today, Miranda!