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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Pine-sit Canton

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Its really a great thing being a Filipino. The culture is such great with all its customs and traditions. One tradition that I really enjoyed is the occasion where a birthday celebration should always have pancit (noodles) on the table. The noodles are never cut to signify long life to the celebrant. The guest would have a long way to finish one strand of the pancit before savoring its taste. I think if the celebrant would be given a great chance and if so true that pancit would add ten more years to your life then maybe he or she would cook all kinds of noodles that he or she can find.

There are just so many kinds of pancit that you can find here in the Philippines: Pancit Sotanghon (vermicelli made from white rice); Pancit Bihon or Bijon, thin rice noodles; Pancit Miki or Pancit Malabon, noodles from wheat and eggs; Pancit Canton, thick egg noodles; Pancit Luglog or Pancit Palabok, topped with shrimp and hardboiled egg; and Pancit Molo, a wonton soup.

Let me just give you one noodle recipe that you and your family will really love. This is a truly Filipino dish that is  worth cooking even if there is no occasion at all.


You will need:

4         cloves garlic, crushed
1         piece medium onion, sliced
200     grams chicken meat, cut into strips
1         piece small carrot, cut into strips (75 grams)
1 1/2   cups chicken stock/broth
3         tbsp soy sauce
1         tbsp cornstarch, dissolved in pineapple syrup
1         pouch Del Monte Pineapple Tidbits (115 grams)
           drained (reserve syrup)
1         stalk kinchay, chopped (optional)
100     grams cabbage, sliced
50       grams chicharo
200     grams canton noodles

Here's how:

1. Saute' garlic and onion for 1 minute. Add chicken and saute' for 5 minutes.
2. Add carrot, chicken stock, soy sauce and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Cover and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
3. Add cornstarch mixture. Stir until thick. Add vegetables, noodles and Del Monte Pineapple Tidbits. Cover and cook for 5 more minutes, tossing occasionally, until vegetables and canton are cooked.

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