Easy Bihon Pancit
Bihon pancit is a traditional Filipino dish. Pancit itself means noodle, and the dishes that are derived from them. Bihon pancit is a simple noodle dish that’s traditionally soy sauce mixed with some variation of protein and vegetables. This bihon pancit recipe is easy to make and absolutely delicious.
About this Bihon Pancit Recipe
For this bihon pancit recipe, I used Maifun brown rice noodles. Traditionally, you would use bean threads, but any thin, long rice noodle will work. Also, I added crispy garlic with chili oil. This too, is not traditional but I cannot resist adding spice to my noodle dishes. As a quick disclaimer, almost all of the chili oils found online include MSG. So, if you’re sensitive to MSG, you may want to skip this step. Another option, would be to use sriracha sauce instead.
As far as protein options go, the choices are limitless. For this bihon pancit recipe, I used large shrimp. However, chicken, tofu, eggs or pork would all taste amazing too. You can also do a combination of proteins for a fun and Healthyish twist. Shrimp and tofu, chicken and shrimp, tofu and veggies, ok you get the idea.
Just be sure that your shrimp are peeled and deveined before adding them to the pan. You can leave the tail on or remove it. I left it on for photography purposes, but it is up to you.
Finish the dish with some fresh chopped cilantro, chili oil and crushed peanuts. That said, you can top this recipe with anything you like. Sesame seeds, chopped jalapeno and lime wedges all make great additions too.
Guys, this recipe is so easy and delicious you have to give it a try. I can almost guarantee that everyone in your family will love this recipe. As an added bonus, the entire dish comes together in under an hour. This recipe makes four light servings or two dinner servings. Please see below for nutritional information.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to four days. reheat in the microwave until heated through. Looking for more noodle dishes? Try my plant-based spicy tahini noodles with crispy tofu. Another great noodle dish is my spicy ramen noodles with egg.
Easy Bihon Pancit
Protein and Noodles
- 12 large raw shrimp, peeled, deveined
- 4 ounces maifun brown rice noodles, or bean threads
Sauce and Vegetables
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced, about 4 cloves
- 2 teaspoons ginger, peeled and minced
- ½ cup vegetable broth
- 1 large carrot, peeled and julienned
- 1 large red bell pepper, julienned
- 8 ounces baby Bella mushrooms, washed dried and sliced
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon lime juice, fresh squeezed
- 2 teaspoons crunchy garlic with chili oil, as garnish
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, fresh chopped
- 2 tablespoons peanuts, crushed small
- 1 ripe lime, cut into wedges
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 11-inch saute pan
- pasta pot
- Boil a pot of water and cook the maifun brown rice noodles according to the package. Al dente is best.
- Drain off the water using a colander. Spray the noodles with cold water to stop the cooking. Set them aside.
Prepare the sauce and shrimp:
- Grab an 11-inch / 3.5 quart sauce pan and gently spray it with cooking spray.
- Add the sesame oil, minced garlic and ginger over medium heat.
- Once the garlic and ginger begin to brown, add the veggie broth and deglaze the pan.
- Next, you’ll add the julienned bell pepper, carrots and mushrooms.
- Once the veggies begin to soften, add the soy sauce, brown sugar and lime juice. Stir well.
- Then, add the peeled and deveined shrimp. I used about 12 large shrimp.
- Simmer everything together until the shrimp are pink and no longer opaque. Make sure they are fully cooked through. Reduce the heat to low and toss in your maifun brown noodles.
- Once the noodles are well coated in the sauce, add everything to a platter. Top with chili oil, cilantro and crushed peanuts. Serve hot.