Philippine Noodle Stir-fry (Pancit Bihon)
Sometimes eaten as a mid-day meal, or merianda, these pungent chicken, shrimp and vegetable noodles make a great side dish or lunch.
Yield: serves 6
Time: 2 hours
- 1 1⁄4 cups chicken stock
- 3 tbsp. soy sauce
- 6 cloves garlic (3 minced, 3 thinly sliced)
- 1 (2 1/2-inch) piece ginger, peeled and minced
- 1⁄2 tbsp. fish sauce
- 1 1⁄2 tbsp. mushroom powder
- 1⁄2 tsp. sugar
- 1⁄8 tsp. chile flakes
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1⁄2 lb. boneless, skin-on chicken thighs
- 1⁄4 cup canola oil
- 1 small Spanish onion, thinly sliced
- 2 1⁄4 oz. snow peas, sliced
- 2 medium carrots, shredded
- 1⁄2 small green cabbage, shredded
- 8 oz. canton noodles
- 16 oz. rice noodles
- 6 head-on prawns
- 3 scallions, whites only, thinly sliced, to garnish
- Cilantro, to garnish
- Lime wedges, for serving
- Make the sauce: Bring chicken stock to a boil in a medium saucepan; add soy sauce, 1⁄3 of the minced garlic and ginger, the fish sauce, mushroom powder, sugar, chile flakes, salt, and pepper and stir until sugar dissolves. Set aside.
- Cook the chicken: Heat oven to 300°. Remove skin from chicken and set aside. Place chicken in a baking dish and cover with aluminum foil; bake for 1 hour. Cool slightly, then shred chicken; set chicken aside.
- Meanwhile, place chicken skin in a 12-inch skillet over medium and cook until the fat is rendered and the skin is crisp, about 25 minutes. Transfer skin to a cutting board and thinly slice; strain fat and set aside.
- For the crispy garlic chips: Heat 3 tablespoons of oil and the sliced garlic in a 1-qt. saucepan over medium; cook until garlic is golden, 4–6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer garlic chips to paper towels to drain; set oil aside.
- For the pancit: Heat chicken fat and garlic oil in a wok over medium-high; add onion and cook until soft, 6–8 minutes. Add remaining minced garlic and ginger, the snow peas, carrots, and cabbage and cook 2 minutes more. Add reserved sauce and the canton noodles and cook until the noodles wilt, 3 minutes. Add the rice noodles and shredded chicken and cook 2 minutes more.
- Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high; cook prawns, flipping once, until cooked through, about 4 minutes.
- To serve, divide noodles between plates; top with prawns, crispy garlic, and chicken skin, cilantro, and lime wedges.