Greetings, fellow food enthusiasts! Are you looking for a new and exciting dish to impress your friends and family? If so, I highly suggest trying out this Vegetarian Pansit Noodle recipe. Originating from the Philippines, this dish is a fantastic way to introduce a bit of international flair to your dinner table. As an articulate assistant for a vegan chef, I assure you that this recipe will satisfy any discerning palate, whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or simply looking for something new and delicious.
This Vegetarian Pansit Noodle recipe features a blend of soy sauce and chicken-flavored vegetarian seasoning to give the dish an authentic flavor while remaining entirely vegan. It’s a stir-fried noodle dish that includes an array of fresh vegetables such as red bell peppers, onions, garlic cloves, cabbage, carrots, and green beans. The addition of tofu makes it even healthier and more filling without sacrificing taste.
Aside from its fantastic flavor and nutritious quality, the beauty of this dish is its versatility. You can customize the recipe by using different types of noodles such as rice noodles or vermicelli noodles; you can also swap some vegetables for others or even add shiitake mushrooms to the mix!
So why not give this dish a try? Not only will it give you a taste of Filipino culture right at home, but it’s also an excellent way to ensure that you’re consuming healthy and hearty food. So grab your apron and let’s get cooking!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for a delicious and nutritious way to spice up your meal routine? Look no further than this vegetarian pansit noodles recipe!
What’s great about this dish is that it is incredibly flavorful without being overly heavy or rich. It’s the perfect balance of savory, sweet, and salty flavors. Plus, it’s loaded with fresh veggies like red bell pepper, onion, cabbage, carrots and green beans that provide lots of fiber and vitamins.
Not to mention, this recipe is incredibly versatile. Swap out the vegetables for whatever you have on hand – broccoli or snow peas would be great additions! And if you’re not a fan of tofu or prefer a different protein source, substitute it for some seitan or tempeh instead.
Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner or an impressive dish to impress guests, you won’t be disappointed with this vegetarian pansit noodles recipe. Give it a try and your taste buds will thank you!
Here are the ingredients that you will need to create a wonderful vegetarian Pansit dish. Don’t hesitate to make substitutions as necessary.
- Canola Oil (2 Tablespoons): For stir-frying vegetables and tofu
- Water (6 Cups)
- Chicken-flavored Vegetarian Seasoning (4 cubes): Add flavor to your dish without the use of meat bouillon or chicken broth
- Soy Sauce (½ Cup): Provides a pleasant umami flavor
Red Bell Pepper, (1 Medium) : Roasted red bell pepper is the star of this pancit recipe
Onion, (1 Medium): used for stir-frying the vegetables and adding aroma
- Garlic Cloves, (2): minced or chopped
- Cabbage, (½ sliced thinly): Adds texture and bulk to the dish
- Carrot, (1 Medium), julienned: Provides a natural sweetness
Fresh Green Beans, (½ Pound): Cut into two-inch pieces and adds color and crunch
Tofu (8 Ounces): Can be cubed or thinly sliced
- Pancit Bihon Rice Noodles(8 oz): The classic Filipino Stir-fry Noodles made of cornstarch-rice flour mixture that cooks quickly
- Pancit Canton(1/3 cup or 83 ml) – yellow egg noodles slightly thicker than bihon noodles. They provide extra texture when mixed with bihon noodles.
It’s important to note that if you’re vegan or gluten-free, ensure you have vermicelli noodles as they are vegetarian-friendly. Additionally, If you want to experiment with other noodle types such as glass noodles or shiitake mushroom noodles that are gluten-free, it’s up to you.
The Recipe How-To
Now that you have gathered all of the necessary ingredients, it’s time to start cooking the delicious Vegetarian Pansit Noodles.
Step 1: Prepare the vegetables and tofu:
I start by julienning one medium onion, chopping a cup each of cabbage, carrots, and fresh green beans, and slicing one red bell pepper into thin strips. Then, I cut 8 ounces of tofu into small cubes.
Step 2: Prepare the Rice Noodles:
In a large bowl, soak 8 oz of rice noodles in cold water for about 15 minutes or until soften. Drain and set aside.
Step 3: Stir fry:
Heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a wok over high heat. Once hot, add the onion and garlic cloves and cook for about a minute until fragrant. Add the vegetables (cabbage, carrots, green beans, bell peppers) and stir-fry for another 5 minutes.
Step 4: Cook rice noodles:
Add the rice noodles to the pan along with half cup of water and soy sauce. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until heated throughly.
Step 5: Add Seasoning:
Add chicken-flavored vegetarian seasoning and a pinch (or two) of chicken bouillon cubes. Mix everything together until the seasoning is distributed evenly throughout.
Step 6: Finish up:
Finally, add chopped tofu and give everything another good stir-fry for one minute before taking it off the heat.
Voila! You now have a delicious pot of Vegan Pansit Noodles that will satisfy your cravings without any meat products necessary.
Substitutions and Variations
One of the best things about this vegetarian pansit noodle recipe is that you can easily customize it to your liking. For starters, if you want the dish to be gluten-free, you can replace the pancit bihon rice noodles with vermicelli noodles made from cornstarch or glass noodles made from shiitake mushroom.
If you prefer your noodles to be packed with veggies, you can add other vegetables like snow peas, bok choy, or mushrooms. Since the recipe already has cabbage, onion, carrot, and green beans as ingredients, it isn’t too difficult to swap in some other veggies!
For those who follow a completely vegan diet, try swapping chicken-flavored vegetarian seasoning with regular vegetable broth or vegetable bouillon cubes instead of the chicken bouillon cubes. You can also substitute tofu with tempeh or seitan.
For a different twist on this classic Filipino dish, try replacing the pancit bihon noodles with Pancit Canton. These are thicker stick-style noodles that lend the dish a different flavor and texture. You’ll get a more savory taste profile to your pancit as well because these Canton-style noodles are often pre-seasoned with soy sauce and other spices.
Lastly, if you want a more saucy style of pancit – no problem! Add an extra 1/2 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce for more liquid relative to the noodle mixture.
With these substitutions and variations along with your creative touches, I encourage you to make this vegetarian pansit noodle recipe uniquely yours!
Serving and Pairing
Now that you have made this delicious vegetarian pansit noodles recipe at home, it’s time to serve it and pair it with the right accompaniments.
This dish can be served as a main course by itself, but if you’re looking to beef up your meal, it also pairs well with various sides. One classic side dish that goes well with pansit noodles is lumpia, a Filipino-style spring roll filled with veggies and seasoning. You can also pair it with roasted veggies like broccoli or bok choy for a healthy and balanced meal.
Since pansit noodles are a stir-fried noodle dish, it’s best to pair them with light and crisp beverages like lemonade or green tea to balance out the flavors. For an alcoholic pairing, you can try light white wines or beer.
Additionally, this dish is versatile and can be garnished with a variety of toppings to give an added crunch or texture to the meal. Try toasted cashews, peanuts, or fried garlic bits to add a burst of flavor and contrast in every bite.
Whether eaten as a main dish or paired as a complementary side, these vegetarian pansit noodles are sure to delight and surprise your taste buds thanks to their unique flavor profile and adaptability.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
One of the greatest things about this Vegan Pansit Noodles recipe is that it stores and reheats exceptionally well. If you’re looking to save time during busy weeknights, or if you’re looking to meal prep for the week ahead, this recipe is an excellent option.
To make-ahead: After making the Pansit noodles, allow it to cool down completely to room temperature. Then, transfer it to an airtight container or zip lock bag and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To reheat: There are a few ways you can reheat your Pansit noodles. Microwave is a popular method, but we suggest reheating them on the stove for better results. Simply heat a small amount of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, then add the chilled noodles and stir-fry them for 2-3 minutes until they are heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat the noodles in the microwave by placing them in a microwave-safe dish and microwaving them on high for 1-2 minutes until they are heated all the way through.
If you find that your noodles have dried out slightly after reheating, simply sprinkle with a splash of water or vegetable broth before reheating to add moisture back into the dish.
Overall, this vegan Pansit Noodles recipe is an excellent choice for those who want delicious and nutritious meals throughout the week with minimal effort required each day. Make sure to store and reheat properly for optimal results!
Tips for Perfect Results
To get the perfect results for your Vegetarian Pansit Noodles, you need to keep a few things in mind. Here are some useful tips that will help you achieve the authentic Filipino flavor while maintaining a vegan and vegetarian diet.
First of all, using the right kind of noodles is essential. Rice noodles or bihon, as they are called in Filipino, are the traditional choice for pancit noodles. You can find them in most grocery stores, and they are gluten-free, making this dish a good option for people with dietary restrictions.
Another important thing to consider is the cooking time of noodles. Overcooking the noodles can ruin the texture and make them mushy. Be sure to follow the package instructions and test them frequently after boiling to avoid this common mistake.
When it comes to stir-frying the vegetables, be sure to add them in stages according to their cooking time. Harder vegetables like carrots and green beans should be added earlier, while softer ones like cabbage can be added later on. This will ensure that all the vegetables have the perfect consistency and do not become too mushy or too crunchy.
Using high heat is also critical when stir-frying. The high temperature creates a caramelization effect that brings out the flavor of each ingredient without overcooking it. Just be sure to constantly stir everything together so that nothing sticks to the pan.
Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations of this dish. You can substitute any vegetable for one that is more accessible or simply add tofu or mushrooms for protein. With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to create a mouthwatering Vegetarian Pansit Noodle dish every time.
As an articulate assistant for all vegan chefs out there, I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Vegetarian Pansit Noodles (Filipino) Recipe. These questions come from people who’ve tried this recipe and need answers to some nagging questions, and from people who are yet to try it but want to get ahead of any potential challenges. Here are the answers to commonly asked questions that should clear the air and make cooking enjoyable.
What can I substitute pancit noodles with?
In case the Pancit Canton noodles are not available in your local Asian market, you can opt to use spaghetti noodles as a substitute. The Excellent brand of Pancit Canton noodles is a preferred option and can also be found on Amazon.
What is the substitute of chicken meat or bihon?
Bihon noodles, made from a combination of cornstarch and rice flour, are slender noodles that bear a striking resemblance to thin rice noodles and vermicelli noodles, making them excellent alternatives.
What is the difference between noodles and pancit?
In terms of the noodles used, there’s a contrast between pancit bihon and pancit canton. Pancit bihon employs a thin, transparent type of rice noodle, whereas pancit canton uses an egg noodle that’s akin to spaghetti in terms of visual appearance.
What are the different types of pancit noodles?
I have been asked to provide detailed instructions, tips, and recommendations for five different noodle dishes. These dishes include Pancit Canton, Pancit Bato (also known as Pancit Bicol), Pancit Batil Patong, Pancit Habhab, and Pancit Langlang.
In conclusion, this vegetarian pansit noodles recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves Filipino cuisine or is looking to try something new. With its delicious blend of vegetables, protein, and flavorful seasonings, this dish will delight your taste buds and please your guests. Whether you are vegan, gluten-free or vegetarian, this recipe offers a tasty and healthy option that you can enjoy without guilt.
Make your life easier by making this recipe ahead of time and storing it for a quick meal on busy days. Optimize your stir-fry game by using the right oil mixed with cornstarch to give the dish a crispy finish. Don’t forget to experiment with different vegetables, protein sources, and noodles to create unique variations of this classic Filipino dish.
So grab your ingredients list and get to work! Impress your guests or family members with the aromas and flavors of this exquisite vegetarian pansit noodle recipe. And remember, even if you’ve never tried a Filipino dish before, there’s no better time than now to experience the exciting flavors that define Filipino cuisine.
Vegetarian Pansit Noodles (Filipino) Recipe
- 250 g rice noodles (bihon noodles)
- 1/2 lb tofu, cut in cubes
- 1/2 cup canola oil, for frying the tofu
- 15 fresh green beans, approximately
- 1 small carrot, diced
- 3 leaves cabbage, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/8 cup soy sauce (or Braggs liquid aminos)
- 2 tablespoons chicken-flavored vegetarian seasoning (I use McKays Vegan Seasoning) or 2 chicken bouillon cubes
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- Take the rice noodles and soak them in a bowl with warm water and set aside.
- Fry the tofu in a pan with the 1/2 cup canola oil. Once the tofu is fried set it aside on paper towels.
- In a large pan or wok heat the 2 Tbsp canola oil with the garlic and onion until the garlic is slightly brown and the onion turned clear.
- Add the green beans, carrots, and bell pepper and simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Add the soy sauce, chicken seasoning, and water. Mix well and then add the fried tofu and cabbage. Simmer again for about 3 minutes.
- Drain the noodles and then add them to the vegetables and tofu. Mix it in well and cook for another 5 to 8 minutes more.
- Eat right away. :).
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