Wednesday, November 30, 2016

easy chicken pansit

Our neighbor gave us a whole, smoked chicken yesterday. What better way to make use half of it was for Pansit-a Filipino-style lo mein, 1 dish meal. 
I am sure the origins of this were the Chinese traders that came back and forth to the Philippines from China (mainland or Taiwan). There are so many versions of pansit but this is a basic chicken pansit that you can whip up tonight for dinner. Here I made this for lunch.
Special equipment (optional):
Medium to large wok (Substitute with large, heavy bottom pan NOT non-stick.)
Wok ring
A spatula plus 1
4 tablespoons cooking oil of choice
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped into bite size
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked, black pepper
4 large cloves garlic or 6 small ones, peeled and chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, cut diagonally 
1 large carrot, matchstick size cut
handful of green beans, cut diagonally
2 packets of Yakisoba noodles (1 package has 3); found in the produce section.
1 ½ cups warm or hot water
4 stalks green onions until roots, sliced diagonally
3 large mushrooms or 5 small ones, sliced
1/3 cup soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Limes for condiment
Cooked rice, optional


1. Preheat-on high-the wok or pan
2. Add cooking oil and heat until smoky or oil is rippling.
3. Carefully drop the chopped chicken onto the preheated oil and add salt, pepper.
4. Saute (or stir fry) for 3 minutes, stirring all the time but not mincing the meat. Remove chicken from pan, leaving most of the oil. Set aside.
5. You can decide to add oil or not before sauteing the garlic until light brown. Add the onion, carrots, celery and green beans; saute about 4 minutes on high.
6. Move the vegetables slightly on the side of the pan and drop the yakisoba noodles on the center; cover with the water. Move the vegetables mixture on top of the noodles/water. Let it boil.
7. Using 2 spatula on both hands, and starting from both sides of the wok/pan and ending in the center to lift and drop the vegetables.mix and stir the vegetables when it starts to boil.  Do this action 3 times or until noodles, water and vegetables are mixed together.
8. Add the chicken and repeat #7 (stir frying), twice.
9. Pour soy sauce, add mushrooms; salt and pepper to taste. Repeat #7 and finish cooking for 5 minutes.
10. Remove from heat. Sprinkle green onions on the pansit or as a garnish on your plate.
11. Serve with cooked rice and a slice of lime.

Note: alternatively, you can make this vegetarian by opting out the chicken or you can make this fancier by adding shrimp.