One thing I love about blog challenges is that they push me out of my comfort zone, on the flip side one thing I hate about blog challenges is how they push me out of my comfort zone. When I saw the theme for /52weeksofcooking was Filipino I was once again thrown for a loop – but unlike other challenges were I was totally in the dark at least this time I had some friends who could help out. After crowd sourcing ideas and recipes, I decided to make a vegetarian variation of Pancit – a dish I had heard of but never experienced. Traditionally this dish features one of the white meats and while I debated adding tofu I decided to stick with the normal vegetables featured in the dish just in MUCH larger amounts.
1 tbsp vegetable oil
5 cloves garlic
4 scallions, cut half way up the green
1 vidalia onion, diced
1 small head of broccoli, chopped
1 lb napa cabbage, chopped
1/2 lb red cabbage, chopped
4 carrots, sliced
1/2 lb thin rice noodles
1 tbsp teriyaki sauce
1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce, low sodium
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large work or sauce pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, and white part of the scallions. Cook for 7 minutes, and then add the broccoli and carrots. Continue cooking for 5 minutes before slowly adding in the cabbage, being careful to not crowd the pan. Cook for 10 minutes, uncovered, stirring to prevent sticking.
- Meanwhile bring a pan of water to a boil and cook the rice noodles per instructions on bag (or box). Once cooked rinse with cold water and set aside.
- Add the cooked noodles to the vegetables and stir in the teriyaki, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Toss well then top with the green part of the scallions.
- Serve and Enjoy!
I was blown away but how flavorful this dish was, especially considering how quickly it came together. Based on the fact he took his chopsticks directly to the pot I think it’s safe to say my other half also greatly enjoyed this dish! Next time I might leave out the teriyaki sauce since the recipes I found online were rather split on including it – but it was a nice addition to the dish! Looking forward to seeing where /52weeksofcooking sends me next!