November 1, 2013

My Filipino Heritage: Vegetarian Pancit aka "Maricris Noodles" Recipe

In my culture, rice is not the only staple food in our diet. As with most Asians, noodles and different varieties at that, dominates our dining tables. One of our traditional noodle dishes is Pancit, which is made of  rice noodles. It is usually cooked during special occasions like birthdays and holidays, but not in my home. I cook it at any given time since it has become a family favorite. On my daughter's birthday, I cooked it.  A mom friend's young daughter tried it and fell in love with it. She loved it so much she would frequently ask her mom to make it [the noodle dish] and say, "I want Maricris' Noodles". And that is how an ancient dish I love got renamed! And in honor of her renaming it, I'm sharing the recipe.

Print the recipe: Maricris Noodles

Pancit Ingredients
1 pack 16 oz rice noodles ( I use Excellent Rice Sticks)
1 1/2 cup Shredded or thinly sliced Carrots
Half a head of medium-sized Green Cabbage - thinly chopped
2 cups of Green Beans or snow peas - cut
Onions - chopped
Garlic - chopped
5 cups of water
1 cup Tamari Soy Sauce (or your preferred brand) for cooking noodles- adjust according to taste
1/2 cup Tamari Soy Sauce for Vegetables
2 stalk Scallion Leaves - chopped

Ground pepper to taste


Combine water and soy sauce in a pot. Add more soy sauce according to taste. Add a dash of pepper. Bring to a boil. Once it boils, drop noodles in. Once it gets soft, start stirring. Lower the heat and watch the noodles closely since it will start sucking up all the liquid. If the noodles are still a little "stringy", add more water and soy sauce (same ratio measurement). The noodles should be "al dente" and liquid totally "dry" when its cooked. Set aside.

Sautee' onions and garlic until brown. Add carrots, cabbage and green beans. Add Soy sauce and continue stirring until cooked. Add a dash of pepper.

Pour the cooked vegetables on top of the noodles and spread accordingly. Sprinkle Scallion leaves. Serve hot and enjoy!

*Goes well with rice (of course) or toasted Artisan bread.
** For meat lovers, you can sautee' chicken or your preferred meat with the vegetables.
*** For protein option, you can use Tofu or Morningstar crumbles.
****Noodles represents LONG LIFE. Reason it is cooked in every special occasions.


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