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.
For this Pancit recipe we use boneless pork chops, cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts, green onion, egg and noodles. Traditionally you would use Pancit Canton noodles or rice noodles but my local grocery store didn’t have either of these, but they did have some Japanese udon noodles so I bought those and it really turned out great.
Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a small 8 inch pan over medium heat, add egg and cook on one side until edges curl. Flip once to finish cooking. Once cooked, remove from pan. Roll and slice into thin strips. Set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large saute pan. Add pork and cook 3-5 minutes or until cooked through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Once pork has browned. Add chicken stock and soy sauce. Whisk in corn starch. Cook 1 minute. Add cabbage, carrots and bean sprouts. Cook 3-5 minutes or until vegetables have softened.
Add noodles to pork and vegetable mixture. Toss to combine. Add egg and green onions. Toss to combine. Season to taste with salt. Serve.
Like I said, this may not be very traditional but it was my family's version and brought back some wonderful memories for me. Do you have any family recipes that have been passed through generations that bring back memories for you?