Pancit Bihon Guisado is a sauteed rice noodle dish which is an absolute Filipino favorite for any occasion or gathering.
It is one of the easiest noodle dishes to cook, very straightforward -- saute the veggies and meat, add the broth and seasonings, then add the noodles -- and it's ready to serve.
Rice noodles are now available not just in Asian supermarkets. The local mega-marts do carry them because it's the same kind of noodles being used for certain Thai and Vietnamese noodle dishes.
When buying rice noodles, look for the very thin variety. They're long and sometimes referred to as Rice Sticks.
Some brands specify Pansit Bihon on their packages.
If you want the authentic rice noodle -- the Carinderia type of bihon, buy the Excellent brand. Be careful, though, of overcooking or the noodles get soggy.
If you want the texture to be somewhat like the Sotanghon, get the UFC or Super Q brands - and no need to worry of cooking a little longer than you should.
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IN THE PANTRY:
1 Soak the rice noodle in water, until softened. Drain the water and set aside.
2 Saute the garlic and onion. Add the chicken, soy sauce, carrots and saute for 2 minutes.
3 Add the chicken broth and Knorr chicken cube. Let it boil.
4 Turn the heat down, add in the noodles together with the green beans, cabbage and celery.
5 Cook until the noodles are soft but not mushy and the water is fully absorbed.
6 Add salt and pepper to taste.
7 Serve with lemon slices.
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