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Filipino Pancit Recipe

Pancit is a classic Filipino Recipe. It’s a quick and easy stir-fried rice noodle dish with a savory sauce, pork and vegetables. 

Recently I have been thinking about family traditions and recipes always come to mind. For just about every Filipino family out there someone has a recipe for Pancit, a stir-fried noodle dish with meat and vegetables. Since Pancit literally means noodles there are many different versions of this dish out there and no two families make it the same. I knew my dad knew the recipe so I gave him a call.

Like many family recipes, this wasn’t written down, my dad just remembered that my grandma added a little of this and a little of that when she was making it.  I jotted down the ingredients and instructions and set out to create it. The results were spot on and childhood memories flooded back. I love that about food.

What is Pancit?

In case you’re wondering, pancit is a traditional filipino noodle dish. Much like a stir-fry it is made with noodles, vegetables and meat.

Tongs picking up pancit noodles and vegetables.

And much like other stir-fries, you could use just about any combo that you like:

VEGETABLES: Cabbage and carrots are common. As are onions, green beans, celery and snow peas.

MEAT: Chicken, beef or pork as well as shrimp are common.

NOODLES: Traditionally, pancit is made with vermeclli rice noodles. The great thing about most rice noodles is that they simply need to soak rather than boil so it saves some time! That being said, you could use udon noodles, chow mein or pancit canton noodles if you can find them.

DES’ TIP: The key with any stir fry is to make sure that the vegetables are all cut uniformly so that they cook at similar times. 

Carrots, shredded cabbage and green onions on a red plate with wooden background

In this recipe, I use boneless pork chops, cabbage, carrots, yellow onion, green onion, and rice noodles.

How Do You Make Filipino Pancit?

STEP #1: Soak noodles according to package directions.

STEP #2: Cut pork and vegetables into similar sizes. Set aside.

STEP #3: Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add pork, onions, garlic and soy sauce. Cook just until the pork starts to brown.

STEP #4: Add in the vegetables. Pour in chicken broth, add noodles and cook until the liquid is absorbed.

Step by Step photos for how to make filipino pancit.

What do you serve with Pancit?

One thing I love about stir-fries is that you’ve got your veggies and meat all in one dish already. BUT if you are looking for something to serve along side try some sauteed broccoli and of course, Filipino lumpia.

Looking for more Asian recipes? Try these!

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo 

Chicken Potstickers

Salt and Pepper Calamari Recipe

Hot Chili Oil Recipe

Note: this recipe was originally posted in 2009. The recipe, photos, tips and nutrition facts were updated in 2020.

Filipino Pancit with pork and vegetables in a wok

Filipino Pancit Recipe

Pancit is a classic Filipino Recipe. It's a quick and easy stir-fried rice noodle dish with a savory sauce, pork and vegetables. 
4.8 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 605 kcal



  • 1 8.8 ounce package Thai Vermicelli rice noodles
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 pound pork chops about 4 chops, sliced into bite size pieces
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 3 diced green onions
  • kosher salt and cracked pepper to taste


  • Soak noodles according to package directions.
  • Prep the pork and vegetables by cutting into uniform sizes.
  • Heat oil in a wok or large saute pan. Add pork, yellow onion, garlic and soy sauce. Cook 3-5 minutes or until pork is browned. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken stock, cabbage, carrots and green onions. Cook 3-5 minutes or until vegetables have softened. Add noodles to pork and vegetable mixture. Toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.


Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.


Calories: 605kcalCarbohydrates: 73.5gProtein: 22.8gFat: 23.6gSaturated Fat: 7.4gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 494mgFiber: 4.4gSugar: 2.4g
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Keywords: cabbage, carrots, comfort food, filipino food, noodles, pancit, pork, Recipe

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  • Reply
    June 11, 2022 at 8:37 am

    5 stars
    Hello Deseree,

    Thank you for putting this out here. The first time I tried this out, I messed it up. The second time was very tasty; my children have been begging me to make it again. Quick question, can I use fish instead of pork?

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      June 11, 2022 at 5:48 pm

      Hi Claire, you certainly could use fish instead of pork! The cook time would change slightly since fish will take less time to cook. I’m glad to hear your kiddos like it!

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    June 7, 2022 at 12:43 am

    This is do so nice !
    I can’t wait to make this for my breakfast tomorrow
    I hope my family will love it tho.

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    julies kitchen
    May 9, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe! It really is delicious!
    I made it with mushrooms and colorful tiny peppers and it also turned out great

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    Tammy McAndrew
    May 7, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    Very tasty! I tweaked it a bit, added shrimp and doubled the soyplus a 1/2 tsp of cayenne to give a little zing! Very good! Quick and easy too!

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      May 7, 2022 at 7:03 pm

      Oh I love the idea of adding cayenne! Going to try that next time. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    March 25, 2022 at 2:55 am

    5 stars
    I tried this recipe yesterday, and the results were even better than I had hoped. It’s a very simple and quick recipe to follow. Thank you for taking the time to share with us.

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      March 28, 2022 at 9:05 pm

      You’re welcome, Sophia! So happy to hear that!

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    Alexis R
    March 3, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Hello, what is a good substitute for pork ?

    • Reply
      March 3, 2022 at 9:22 pm

      Hi! You could use chicken if you like. Or even do an all veggie one :)

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    February 25, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    5 stars
    Was super good. I added some celery and added lemon wedges and more soy sauce. Nice and crunchy. Thanks was super easy to.

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    February 24, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    good taste but the soaked noodles turned to mush when added to wok.
    the mush tasted good though

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    max donoghue
    February 13, 2022 at 9:49 pm


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    February 9, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    2 stars
    Followed recipe as directed. Was quite bland.

    • Reply
      February 9, 2022 at 9:26 pm

      Sorry to hear that, Jeff! Thanks for the feedback!

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    February 3, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    Made this with chicken and it was delicious!!!!

    • Reply
      February 4, 2022 at 9:29 am

      Yay! I am so happy to hear that!

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    February 1, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    5 stars
    This was amazing! I used pork belly and it was so good!

    • Reply
      February 1, 2022 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you, Hillari! I am so happy to hear that! I need to try it with pork belly, that sounds amazing :)

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    January 25, 2022 at 12:17 am

    5 stars
    I’m shairng this with my wife immediately. Thanks for this amazing recipe. Keep working and never stop. You are doing great work here.

  • Reply
    January 24, 2022 at 6:15 am

    Love this recipe! So simple and looks so tasty! Can’t wait to make it. Thank you!

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    September 10, 2021 at 11:14 am

    5 stars
    Am read this recipe and try it its supper yummy in taste
    Its made my last diner full of LOL
    Thank you so much

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    July 12, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    5 stars
    This was the best! I made one change from pork to shrimp. The noodles were a first for the family & we all enjoyed it very much. It’s definitely a keeper:

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      July 12, 2021 at 9:40 pm

      I am so happy to hear that, Sheila! I am going to have to try this with shrimp for sure!

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    Laura Wilson
    April 2, 2021 at 8:45 am

    5 stars
    How do you think this would turn out as a vegetarian dish? It looks amazing.

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      April 3, 2021 at 10:06 am

      oh I think it would work great as a vegetarian dish!

  • Reply
    March 8, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    5 stars
    This looks delicious – my family will love it!

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    February 6, 2021 at 7:39 am

    5 stars
    Des, thanks for sharing your grandmother’s pancit recipe. It looks amazing. I love trying new dishes and cannot wait to taste this one.

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    November 19, 2020 at 10:47 am

    5 stars
    This looks amazing and I am going to try to make this! Drooling!

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    Alison McKown
    November 19, 2020 at 10:34 am

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to try to make it. :-)

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    August 10, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    It was great……I love it it came out pretty good and it was the first time that I cook something different…..

    • Reply
      August 11, 2009 at 3:55 pm

      You’re welcome Leslie! It is good to hear that you liked it. It’s always fun to cook something different isn’t it? :)

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    _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver
    June 11, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    I was trying to pick which post to comment on, but they all look so pretty!!! How do you take such nice photos?! Anyway, I decided that if I were to comment, why not on PANCIT? =D Anyway, I’ve added your blog to my reader and looking forward to all your posts!

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    Mrs. L
    March 31, 2009 at 11:48 am

    You are so right about the recipes all being different. My Grandma made a different version than her sisters. And nothing was written down. To this day my mom (who of course makes my Grandma’s version) doesn’t measure and asking her for the recipe is “take some of this, add some of that”. I’ve made pansit several times but only with my mom at my shoulder giving me instructions. I really do need to write grams recipe down. (FYI, my Grams pansit, is my most favorite dish in the entire world! :)

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      March 31, 2009 at 2:03 pm

      haha I totally agree about most recipes being “a little of this and a little of that”. That is actually one of the really good things that has come out of starting this blog. Whenever I would make something and someone would ask me for the recipe I would never have anything written down since I would never measure, but when I started the blog that changed all of that :)

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    March 29, 2009 at 9:34 am

    This looks so so good. I think I’ll make a version one day this week.

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    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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