Easy Pancit canton is made of noodles tossed in a sweet-savory sauce, along with tender crisp veggies and bites of juicy chicken. You will love this easy-to-make Asian noodle dish!
A happy week to one and all! Today’s recipe is for an Easy Asian noodle dish called Pancit Canton. If you love the sweet savory flavors of Asian sauce, you will love this one.
Pancit Canton vs Chow Mein
- This dish is very much similar to chow mein. If you ask me, I think it is the Filipino version of this popular Chinese dish.
- Actually, if you swap out the canton noodles to chow mein noodles in this recipe- you have chicken chow mein!
- You can also use other egg/ stir fry noodles for this recipe. Keep in mind though that the absorption of liquid may not be the same for all noodles. My tip will be to add the liquid (the sauce mixture) gradually so that you can see whether you are overly soaking the noodles- which in turn will yield a soggy noodle dish. It is better to be on the crispy side that on the soggy side.
Let’s Make it!
First, stir all the sauce ingredients in a bowl.
Then, cook the noodles. bring a large pot of water to a boil, then turn off heat. Place the noodles in hot water, let it soak for a minute or two until it is soft but not mushy.
Gently separate the noodles. Drain well and set aside
Heat 1 tbsp of oil In a large work or non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the chicken, tossing regularly until lightly browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and keep it warm.
Add more oil to the pan as needed. Saute the onions, carrots, and bell pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes, tossing regularly until soft. Add the cabbage and cook for another 2 minutes.
Add the noodles and half of the sauce. Using tongs or chop sticks, Toss gently so that the sauce is distributed. Add the chicken. Continue to cook for 1-2 minutes more, or until the cabbage are tender-crisp.
Combine the remaining sauce and 1 tbsp cornstarch. Stir until smooth. Add this mixture to the pan ( see recipe notes). Toss the veggies and noodles so that they are coated with the sauce. Season with salt and pepper if needed.
- If you want this to be meat free, use tofu instead of the chicken. You can also use shrimp, beef or pork instead of chicken.
- Like I mentioned above, you can use any stir fry noodles ( like chow mein noodles), but you have to watch closely as you add the liquid, as the absorption of the noodles vary. You may need to add more sauce or less. Again I would like to err on the crispy side rather than to have soggy noodles. Add you sauce gradually.
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