Updated date:

Filipino Noodles And Pasta Recipes

Author:

Charlette is a Mom of 2 and a devoted wife who loves to cook and experiment with food.

For Long Life

If you are a Filipino, have you heard your mom or any elderly, say "We should serve a noodle dish, "pancit" or pasta on your birthday because it will bring you long life"? Even the Chinese believe that serving noodles during Chinese New Year symbolizes a long life. There is no harm if we follow these customs and traditions, or what others may call superstitious belief, but who wouldn't want "pancit" or pasta anyway?

The Chinese traders introduced rice noodles to the Filipinos. There are a lot of different recipes already made out of rice noodles because of Filipino ingenuity.

Spaghetti, however, was introduced by the Americans to us. As time goes by, the classic spaghetti also was reinvented. Some version has all-purpose cream to make it more creamy. Others put different kinds of cheese and cream cheese, then bake it.

Pancit Palabok

Pancit Palabok

One of my favorite noodle dishes is the "pancit palabok." It's because I love seafood, and it's tastier if you put tuna and shrimps on this dish. If you don't want a seafood version, you can also put meat as an alternative, like ground beef or pork.

Pancit Palabok

Ingredients:

8-oz pack rice noodles (vermicelli)

For the sauce:

minced garlic (1 clove)

minced onion (1 medium size bulb)

1-can tuna flakes (soak in brine or olive oil, I prefer the Gold Seas brand)

2-cups broth (shrimp broth from 1 shrimp flavored broth cube)

2-tbsp cornstarch

any yellow food coloring (preferably "atsuete" or annatto)

For the Toppings and Garnishing

onion leaves (not the hybrid type)

3-boiled eggs (sliced)

crush chicharron (the crispy skin of a pig dried, salted, and fried)

cooked shelled and deveined shrimps (optional)

NOTE: Cook the sauce first since if you cook the noodles, they will get firm when exposed to air. Anyway, you can cook it for just a few minutes.

Procedure:

1. Dissolve 2 tbsp cornstarch and the food coloring to 2 cups broth and set aside.

2. Saute minced garlic and onion in a little oil or butter with the tuna flakes.

3. Put the broth after and let it simmer for a few minutes, occasionally stirring until the sauce thickens. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.

4. Cook the noodles by boiling them for 5 mins or until cook.

5. When cook put in a strainer to drain.

6. Lay the noodles on a platter, and top with the sauce. Garnish with boiled eggs, chicharron, shrimps, and onion leaves. You can add a little pepper and "patis" (fish sauce) depending on your taste. Sprinkle some calamansi (lime) or lemon to have a tangy taste to it.

Filipino Style Spaghetti

Filipino Style Spaghetti

Do you know why it's called Filipino Style Spaghetti? Italian's love their Spaghetti as somewhat sour to the taste. The Filipinos, however, love theirs as somewhat sweet. So this dish has a bit of sugar in it.

Filipino Style Spaghetti

Ingredients:

1-pack 500 g spaghetti noodles

1-can spaghetti sauce

1-tetra pack or budget pack spaghetti sauce

1-clove minced garlic

1-medium-size minced onion

1-medium-size red bell pepper minced

1/2-cup grated cheese

1/2-cup white sugar

1-kilo ground beef

1/2-kilo ground pork

5-pieces cooked hot dogs slice

salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

1. Cook the noodles according to package instruction and add a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp olive oil so that they'll not stick to the pot.

2. For the sauce, saute the garlic and onions with the ground pork and beef until they turn brown.

3. Add the spaghetti sauce and sugar, then simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Add salt, pepper, bell pepper, hot dogs, and cheese. Simmer again for another 5 minutes.

5. Add the spaghetti noodles and serve on a platter with grated cheese.

Creamy Seafood Carbonara

Creamy Seafood Carbonara

A Bonus Recipe

As I've said, I love seafood. So this Carbonara pasta dish has a lot of it. Supposedly, Carbonara is an Italian dish made of egg, cheese, cured pork, and black pepper. Since I am an experimental mom, I made my version of the white-sauce Carbonara creamier, and instead of using pork, I used seafood as an alternative.

Creamy Seafood Carbonara

Ingredients:

1-pack 500 g spaghetti noodles

1-can cream of mushroom

1-pack all-purpose cream (for this recipe, I am using Nestle)

1-small can Carnation evaporated milk

1-big can button mushroom (slice already)

1-clove minced garlic

1-medium-size minced onion

1- spring onion (use for garnishing, or you can also use parsley)

1/2-cup grated cheese (you can use three kinds for a cheesier version)

1-big-can tuna in brine or oil

1/2-kilo shrimps (boiled, deveined, and shelled)

1/2-kilo scallops

salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

1. Cook the noodles according to package instruction and add a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp olive oil so that they'll not stick to the pot.

2. For the sauce, saute the garlic and onions. After the garlic turns to brown and the onions caramelized, add the shrimps, scallops, mushroom, and tuna.

3. Add the cream of mushroom, evaporated milk, the all-purpose cream, and a little bit of water then, simmer for 5 minutes or until thicken and the seafood are cook.

4. Add salt, pepper, and cheese. Simmer again for another 5 minutes.

5. Add the spaghetti noodles and serve on a platter with grated cheese. Garnish with spring onions or parsley.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Charlette

Comments

Charlette (author) from Anywhere on February 23, 2021:

Thank you for your positive comment. Sorry for the super delayed reply to my article. Glad you enjoyed it.

on September 24, 2010:

Enjoyed your hub. Thanks.