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Merienda time with Pancit Canton

small2The Pancit is one of a number of dishes introduced to us by the Chinese. Pancit is the term used in Philippine cuisine when referring to noodles and there are countless types of Pancit recipes in the country, with each region having their own version. In fact, the name Pancit came from the Hokkien, a Chinese dialect, pian i sit that means “convenient food.”


In the Philippines, it is a popular tradition that Pancit should be served on one’s birthday as the noodles represent long life and good health and it’s considered bad luck to cut the noodles short.


One of the more known Pancit recipes is the Pancit Canton, a stir-fried noodle dish with assorted vegetables and meat. In this recipe we will use chicken meat with string beans and carrots.  In China, Pancit Canton may refer to either lo mien, which means stirred noodles, or chow mien, another type of stir-fried noodle recipe.


Check out the rest of the recipe and let me know what you think!





  • 1 pack (500 grams) pancit (Chinese wheat noodles or egg noodles)
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced thinly
  • 2 cups chicken breast fillet, shredded thinly
  • 2 cups, string beans
  • 1 cup onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • Fish sauce to taste




Sauté the garlic and onion in a large wok


Add the chicken and cook for 5-8 minutes or until the chicken is tender


Add the soy sauce and mix


Add the oyster sauce and chicken stock. Let it simmer for 20 minutes


While simmering, blanch all the vegetables in a separate pot


Add salt and pepper to taste


Put in the noodles and cook until the noodles have absorbed the liquid



Add all the blanched vegetables and mix with the rest of the ingredients and that’s it!


Serve it hot with calamansi and enjoy your Pancit Canton!


Pancit Canton with shelled shrimps



Tita Kathy’s tip:


You can add more meat and vegetables in your Pancit Canton. Instead of chicken, try using shrimp and squid balls for a seafood-inspired Pancit Canton! Until next time!



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