This Filipino favorite uses thin rice noodles known as bihon to soak up a rich sauce of pork broth, fish sauce (patis) and fried garlic—it’s the annatto powder which gives it its characteristic yellow orange color and makes it a delicious plateful of sunshine. The rice noodles pair well with the traditional toppings of sliced hard-boiled eggs, shrimps, crunchy chicharon and ground pork. With finely chopped scallions on top to create a bit of contrast with the savory sauce and noodles, how can anyone say no to this merienda and party staple? No Filipino party would be complete without some form of pancit palabok, and this recipe recreates the taste and texture of a variant from the beloved Filipino fast food chain Jollibee. It’s lovely on the plate with its neat arrangements of toppings, but definitely even better in your tummy after a long day out.
- 1 pack noodles/ bihon
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (ground)
- 1 tablespoon annatto powder
- 2 tablespoon cooking oil
- 2 tablespoon fish sauce
- 6 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/2 pound ground pork
- 3 cups pork broth
- 1 piece shrimp cube
For the sauce/toppings:
- ¼ cup green onion or scallions (chopped)
- ½ cup chicharon (crushed)
- ½ cup smoked fish/ tinapa flakes
- ½ cup cooked shrimps (boiled)
- 1 cup boiled pork (cut into small and thin slices)
- 2 pieces fried firm tofu/ tokwa (cut into cubes)
- 2 pieces hard boiled eggs (sliced)
- 6 pieces calamansi (sliced)
- 3 tbsp fried garlic
1. Let the noodles/ bihon be soaked in bowl filled with water for about 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and set aside.
2. Pour some cooking oil into a frying pan and if it’s hot enough, put the ground pork and stir for about 5 minutes.
3. In a separate bowl, pour in the annatto powder and the pork broth. Stir and add the mixture into the frying pan. Let it boil.
4. Add shrimp cube and continuously stir while adding the flour from time to time.
5. If the sauce is already thickened, add some fish sauce and black pepper. Set aside.
6. Pour water into a cooking pan. Let it boil for about 5 to 10 minutes.
7. Put the soaked noodles earlier into the boiling water and let it cook for about a few minutes.
8. Remove the water and strain it.
9. Place the noodles into a plate and pour the sauce into the top of the noodles.
10. Sprinkle some sliced hard boiled eggs, shrimps, smoked fish flakes, crushed chicaron, calamansi and tofu for more appealing finish.
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