Tag: cracklings

Pancit Bihon – Filipino Shrimp Noodle Recipe


Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 250 grams shrimp
  • about 1 litre shrimp stock
  • rice noodles
  • vegetable frying oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 4-5 shallots
  • 100 grams tofu
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons annatto powder
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 4 hardboiled eggs
  • 100 g smoked fish flakes
  • 100 g cup pork crackling crushed
  • 2 stalks green onions

Preparation method:

  1. Cook the remaining shells and heads from the previous recipe –Grilled Jumbo Black Tiger Prawns with Fried Garlic and Lemon-. Strain.
  2. Cook the noodles according to the instructions on their package.
  3. Chop the garlic.
  4. Chop the shallots.
  5. Slice the green onions.
  6. Dissolve the annatto powder in 100 ml water. I did not have annatto powder so I used smoked paprika, which did not need this dissolving step.
  7. I did not have the small, crumbled pork cracklings, only the larger-regular sized ones, so I cut them into pieces and re-fried them to get the extra crunch. Set them aside from the pan.
  8. Also did not have ether smoked fish flakes, so using a fork, I tore the smoked fish into small bits and I fried them in the pan I re-fried the cracklings before.
  9. Dice the tofu if you have it into larger pieces. Mine was already crumbled.
  10. Heat oil in a frying pan, add the chopped garlic and shallots, sauté for 2 minutes, until fragrant.
  11. Add shrimp tails, tofu, and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until shrimps are done. Set aside.
  12. In another saucepan, add the shrimp broth, add annatto water if having, if not, what I used – 2-3 teaspoons Spanish smoked paprika, ground pepper, fish sauce and flour dissolved in water.
  13. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens to your liking.
  14. Add the cooked shrimp-tofu mixture and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  15. Place the cooked noodles in the plates.
  16. Ladle the shrimp sauce over the noodles and top with stir-fried shrimp and tofu.
  17. Top it with crushed pork cracklings, smoked fish flakes, chopped green onion and quartered hard-boiled eggs.