Pancit bihon is known as the all time favorite Pinoy dish. It is connoted as "dish for long life" by most Filipinos due to its main ingredient called "bihon" that is pasta-like, and is slim and long. Pancit is usually cooked with vegetables and meat as toppings. Chicken or pork meat is commonly used for this. However, tuna can be an alternative in the absence of chicken and pork.
I do remember the time during the Holy Week when my aunt cooked pancit. She was confused on what to use as a topping for the dish. Until she decided to try tuna for her pancit bihon. We wonder how it would taste, but we discovered that the trial was never bad.
Cooking pancit bihon with tuna does not require much expense. It is done just like preparing the usual pancit bihon. How to do it?Here is how.
Pancit Bihon Recipe
Estimated cooking & preparation time: 45 minutes
Pancit Bihon Ingredients:
1 8 oz. pack pancit bihon noodles
1 can meat tuna
1/4 cabbage, sliced into strips
1 onion, pealed and sliced
3 cloves of garlic, crushed and minced
1/3 cup scallions, cut into pieces
1 carrot, sliced into strips
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
3/4 cup diced celery
3 tablespoons soy sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
- 5 pieces of calamansi or 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 cup lime soda
Pancit Bihon Cooking Instructions:
Soak the pancit bihon noodles to soften for 10 minutes
Grease a large pan or wok with oil. Sauté garlic and onions.
Add the canned meat tuna.
Mix in the pancit bihon noodles and add the soy sauce, cook for about 5 minutes or until the noodles are soft.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot with sliced calamansi on the side.
Calamansi or lemon is to be squeezed into the pancit bihon before eating.
In cooking pancit bihon tuna, you just have to replace the pork or chicken meat with tuna. You can add lime soda to make the bihon shiny and more palatable.
Pancit bihon with tuna does not just suffice the need of our stomach. It also helps in maintaining our healthy lifestyle by keeping our heart healthy with the omega 3 from tuna, and avoiding high calorie intake. If another connotation can be made for this dish, that would be Pinoy food for healthy Pinoy heart.