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.
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.
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.
In this recipe, I use boneless pork chops, cabbage, carrots, yellow onion, green onion, and rice noodles.
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.
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.
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Note: this recipe was originally posted in 2009. The recipe, photos, tips and nutrition facts were updated in 2020.
RobynMay 3, 2023 at 8:46 pm
Hi, can I use prawns instead of the pork? And if so when would I add them? I can’t wait to try this 🌸
DesereeMay 3, 2023 at 10:05 pm
Hi Robyn! You could totally use prawns instead of the pork to make shrimp pancit. I would cook the prawns first then transfer them to a plate before cooking the veggies. Then after you cook the veggies, add the cooked shrimp back to the pan with the noodles. :)
Stan QuickApril 16, 2023 at 11:01 am
I am on a low carb, low sodium diet. All recipes are possible. Part of my fun is changing up the ingredients to create the flavours and textures I like. There are many recipes available that cut both carbs and salt for pancit. I do love the original though. I consider my daily carb limit more than the one meal. This recipe is very similar to the one my neighbor tempts me with. Thumbs up!
LynnMarch 25, 2023 at 1:57 pm
Used kelp noodles to make it low carb friendly and added celery. Loved it. Thanks for the recipie.
barbaraMarch 23, 2023 at 3:31 pm
looks delicious, but 73 carbs, I can’t do that. I am I on a low carb diet
TonyFebruary 7, 2023 at 5:34 pm
This is a great recipe and I could not have been happier with the results. I used bok choy instead of cabbage. I didn’t soak the noodles and I used chicken thighs. Thank you for a fabulous recipe that will be used often in my kitchen.
DesereeFebruary 8, 2023 at 9:50 pm
So happy to hear that, Tony! I’m glad you enjoyed it :)
RosemarieFebruary 6, 2023 at 10:53 am
To some of the comments saying it was bland, noodles especially the rice ones, soak up a lot so you have to be generous with your seasoning.
As a Pinay, I’ve tweaked mine using sesame oil and light olive oil as these two are always in my cupboard.
I use a lot of stock cube to make the broth, and garlic granules as well as fresh garlic.
My mum would use a lot of soy sauce till it changed the colour, she never cooked it as pale as this.
Therefore didn’t use salt, did add pepper though.
My cousin soaks her noodles, don’t know why she bothers, I don’t.
Extra effort in my opinion, I do it exactly like this.
So I say keep practicing and tweaking your version.
I’m sure you must have willing test tasters to help out :)
DesereeFebruary 8, 2023 at 9:51 pm
Thank you for your comments, Rosemarie! I do like the idea of taking base recipes and making recipes them your own. One of my favorite parts of cooking :)
CocomelonJanuary 29, 2023 at 7:48 am
I’ve used this recipe so much that I don’t need to read it again. It’s the simplest and fastest recipe. Thanks for your sharing
JoselitoJanuary 20, 2023 at 6:08 pm
The best way to make any meat soft and tender is you can put some baking soda on your meat. You can put one teaspoon of baking soda in one pound of meat. Wash your meat first then squeeze the water out from the meat then mix it with baking soda and then let it aside for at least 15 minutes. You can then do whatever you want with the meat. You can marinate or grill it. Just don’t mix the baking soda with your marinated sauce. Please try it then you will see the difference.
DesereeJanuary 20, 2023 at 8:24 pm
Thank you for the tip, Joselito! I’ll have to try that!
ToreyJanuary 16, 2023 at 11:53 pm
This was delicious! I just made it tonight for dinner, the only thing I did was use less onion, added a little more canola oil, and a tbsp more soy sauce. Also had to substitute the Vermicelli rice noodles for stir fry rice noodles since I couldn’t find them at the grocery store. I definitely would make this again, the only thing I’m not sure about is how to make the pork a little less tough, because it wasn’t horrible, it just seemed slightly chewy and tough to chew. Still regardless, I LOVED this!!
Terry OelmannJanuary 12, 2023 at 2:39 pm
To be fair I did leave out the salt and pepper, used low sodium chicken broth and instead of pork chops I used pork tenderloin. The S&P and low sodium chicken broth are for health reasons. My wife did try to add a little pepper to hers but did nothing and I did try adding a little more low sodium soy sauce. Sadly we both felt this was pretty blah and flavorless. And just now I read JOSELITO’s comment. I don’t know if cooking the noodles in with the Pansit would have helped so take my review with a grain of salt, but I would certainly add something to give it a little more flavor. On the up side I did have a side of Kimchi with it and that helped the few bite I had go down. Sorry, maybe someone could respond to what would help me out if I try again some day.
DesereeJanuary 13, 2023 at 2:20 pm
Hi Terry, I am so sorry to hear that this didn’t have enough flavor for you or your wife! Using low-sodium chicken broth, no salt and pepper and losing the fat from the pork chops in exchange for the pork tenderloin did probably have an impact on the overall flavor of the dish. I do like Joselitos tip to add the dry noodles to the pan and admit that I have never tried it that way before since most noodle brands tell you to soak them first. If it does work like he said, I do think that that would help you with the flavor!
JoselitoJanuary 8, 2023 at 8:28 pm
The reason there is a lot of liquid on the Pansit is that when you soak the noodles in the water prior to cooking. The noodles lost the ability to suck the water or juice on your pan. The way I cook the Pansit I do not soak it in the water. When you put your dried noodles in the pan while you are cooking them. The noodles will suck all the liquid in your pan. Doing this will enhance the flavor of the Pansit. If it gets too dry you can always add some chicken stock to your Pancit.
DesereeJanuary 13, 2023 at 2:22 pm
I had never heard that before, thank you for the tip! I usually just followed the instructions on the noodle package, this seems like it’s worth a try!
JadeJanuary 5, 2023 at 9:56 am
Smells and tastes great.
But even after cooking so much liquid left and followed recipe exactly.
Any ideas on what went wrong / how to fix?
DesereeJanuary 5, 2023 at 9:40 pm
I’m happy to hear that it smells and tastes great! Sorry to hear about the issue with the liquid. My only thought is maybe your pan wasn’t large enough? When the pan is too small ingredients will steam and create more liquid. Perhaps that was the issue?
KimberlyDecember 29, 2022 at 7:46 am
I just tried some this morning and had to find a recipe. One of my co-workers is Filipino and made some for work. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to make it. Do you think tofu would taste good in it? I’m not a big meat eater.
FelixDecember 25, 2022 at 5:21 pm
I tried this with a veggie recipe I tweaked for my friends and we all loved it! Thank you for sharing
JoAnnaDecember 24, 2022 at 8:25 pm
Wouldn’t you know it my husband is Filipino and I sent them to the Filipino grocery store any picks up Bihon noodles. Which are cornstarch sticks or noodles not rice noodles. This Polish Girl should have went and got the right noodles instead of sending a Filipino husband haha! I hope it works just as well and it doesn’t get mushy. Everything else seems very basic in what I have tasted in p a n c i t. I made a previously for my son’s rehearsal dinner. Will be adding shrimp with the pork.
KarenDecember 11, 2022 at 4:57 pm
Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. It looks so good I can’t wait to try it.
EmmaSeptember 22, 2022 at 10:15 am
Holy moly this was good Des!! I love pancit and make/eat Filipino food all the time and this recipe didn’t disappoint. You wouldn’t have a lumpia recipe too would you? Love to get that as well.
DesereeSeptember 22, 2022 at 9:53 pm
So happy to hear that, Emma! And yes I do! Just search lumpia in the search bar :)
KfcrecipeSeptember 18, 2022 at 12:19 pm
Wow!! It’s looking great and yummy. This is a new recipe for me, I will try it definitely.
BlancaSeptember 12, 2022 at 2:39 am
Healthy and easy recipe! it looks delicious
ChristineAugust 29, 2022 at 7:14 am
Five stars! Looks so good! I am drooling
JohnAugust 29, 2022 at 5:16 am
I will use chicken instead and have to say this looks like the fresh and light dinner meal I was looking for. Surely will try this tonight!
ArnulfoAugust 27, 2022 at 6:59 pm
Fantastic dish made tonight I used chicken.
DesereeAugust 28, 2022 at 4:43 pm
Thank you, Arnulfo! Glad you enjoyed it!
DanAugust 7, 2022 at 10:54 pm
Excellent recipe, thanks! I live in the Philippines and it’s nice to see a pancit recipe without some form of MSG added. Here the common form is known as “magic sarap”
ChoosyGrandmaJuly 30, 2022 at 5:04 pm
Spot on delicious! I have a Filipino relative that made pancit and lumpia when we were with her. Always delicious but never tried it til now. I tweaked a little, but this version is just as I remember from my childhood. Now I just need to make lumpia! 😁
ClaireJune 11, 2022 at 8:37 am
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?
DesereeJune 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!
BobJune 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.
julies kitchenMay 9, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Thank you for the recipe! It really is delicious!
I made it with mushrooms and colorful tiny peppers and it also turned out great
Tammy McAndrewMay 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!
DesereeMay 7, 2022 at 7:03 pm
Oh I love the idea of adding cayenne! Going to try that next time. Glad you enjoyed it! :)
SophiaMarch 25, 2022 at 2:55 am
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.
DesereeMarch 28, 2022 at 9:05 pm
You’re welcome, Sophia! So happy to hear that!
Alexis RMarch 3, 2022 at 8:31 pm
Hello, what is a good substitute for pork ?
DesereeMarch 3, 2022 at 9:22 pm
Hi! You could use chicken if you like. Or even do an all veggie one :)
JenFebruary 25, 2022 at 4:39 pm
Was super good. I added some celery and added lemon wedges and more soy sauce. Nice and crunchy. Thanks was super easy to.
jwelFebruary 24, 2022 at 5:32 pm
good taste but the soaked noodles turned to mush when added to wok.
the mush tasted good though
max donoghueFebruary 13, 2022 at 9:49 pm
DesereeFebruary 14, 2022 at 9:29 am
JeffFebruary 9, 2022 at 3:47 pm
Followed recipe as directed. Was quite bland.
DesereeFebruary 9, 2022 at 9:26 pm
Sorry to hear that, Jeff! Thanks for the feedback!
TheresaFebruary 3, 2022 at 4:13 pm
Made this with chicken and it was delicious!!!!
DesereeFebruary 4, 2022 at 9:29 am
Yay! I am so happy to hear that!
HillariFebruary 1, 2022 at 3:20 pm
This was amazing! I used pork belly and it was so good!
DesereeFebruary 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 :)
DukeJanuary 25, 2022 at 12:17 am
I’m shairng this with my wife immediately. Thanks for this amazing recipe. Keep working and never stop. You are doing great work here.
AndreaJanuary 24, 2022 at 6:15 am
Love this recipe! So simple and looks so tasty! Can’t wait to make it. Thank you!
cameronSeptember 10, 2021 at 11:14 am
Am read this recipe and try it its supper yummy in taste
Its made my last diner full of LOL
Thank you so much
SheilaJuly 12, 2021 at 7:50 pm
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:
DesereeJuly 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!
Laura WilsonApril 2, 2021 at 8:45 am
How do you think this would turn out as a vegetarian dish? It looks amazing.
DesereeApril 3, 2021 at 10:06 am
oh I think it would work great as a vegetarian dish!
RaquelMarch 8, 2021 at 2:05 pm
This looks delicious – my family will love it!
KimFebruary 6, 2021 at 7:39 am
Des, thanks for sharing your grandmother’s pancit recipe. It looks amazing. I love trying new dishes and cannot wait to taste this one.
RaquelNovember 19, 2020 at 10:47 am
This looks amazing and I am going to try to make this! Drooling!
Alison McKownNovember 19, 2020 at 10:34 am
This looks so delicious! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to try to make it. :-)
leslieAugust 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…..
DesereeAugust 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? :)
_ts of [eatingclub] vancouverJune 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!
Mrs. LMarch 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! :)
DesereeMarch 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 :)
CassieMarch 29, 2009 at 9:34 am
This looks so so good. I think I’ll make a version one day this week.
DesereeMarch 30, 2009 at 3:22 pm