For Carlo Lamagna, a F&W 2021 Best New Chef, and the owner of Magna Kusina in Portland, Oregon, this pancit recipe equals comfort. "When I first started working in the restaurant industry, I would come home late at night around 2 am, exhausted from working a shift," he says. Tired and hungry, I would often find a plate of food left out for me by my mom and dad. Pancit was in regular rotation and really hit the spot after a long day. When I would pop the plate in the microwave to heat up, I would often hear footsteps coming down the staircase, and it was either my mom or dad making their way to the kitchen to check in and make sure that I wasn't eating alone. That is true love of a parent."

July 2022

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Credit: Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Kay E. Clarke

Recipe Summary

active:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
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"Pancit is a catch-all term for noodle dishes in the Philippines — and there are so many variations of pancit" says Carlo Lamagna, the chef and owner of Magna Kusina in Portland, Oregon. This particular pancit by Lamagna combines two types of noodles: bihon (long, thin noodles usually made from rice flour or cornstarch) and miki (egg noodles). Making the miki noodles by hand is a rewarding project; Lamagna omits the egg in his handmade miki noodles but achieves their signature chewy texture with bread flour and nutritional yeast, which also adds an umami quality. You can make this dish with store-bought noodles (see Note). Start recipe at step 4, and cook miki noodles according to package directions. 

Lamagna encourages cooks to personalize this pancit. "I think it is very important to cook and season to your own personal taste. Recipes are just a launching point for you to discover your own take on this dish and find your personal groove. Optional garnishes are fried garlic or onions, chicken skin chicharrones, or if you're feeling frisky, all three!"

Ingredients

Miki Noodles
Bihon Noodles
Additional Ingredients

Directions

Make the miki noodles:
  • Stir together flour and nutritional yeast in a medium bowl. Stir in 1/3 cup water. Add up to 5 teaspoons water as needed, 1 teaspoon at a time, stirring well to combine after each addition, until a shaggy dough forms and dry ingredients are just incorporated. (Dough should not be sticky.) Turn dough out onto a clean work surface, and knead until smooth and springy to the touch, 10 to 12 minutes. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap, and let rest at room temperature until dough is slightly softer (touching it with a finger should leave an easy indentation), at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

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  • Unwrap dough, and cut in half. Set rollers of a pasta machine to widest setting. Working with 1 dough half at a time (keeping other half covered with plastic wrap), flatten dough using your hands to 1/3-inch thickness. Roll dough through pasta machine. Fold rolled dough in half crosswise, and reroll through pasta machine. Continue refolding and rerolling dough until it is as wide as the pasta machine (about 5 inches), 1 or 2 additional times. Once appropriate width is reached, continue rolling dough through pasta machine, reducing width of rollers 1 setting at a time, until dough has been rolled through setting 4 (spaghetti thickness, or fourth-thinnest setting), flouring dough as needed to prevent sticking. Cover rolled dough sheet with a towel. Repeat process with remaining dough half.

  • Attach a spaghetti cutter to pasta machine. Cut each rolled dough sheet crosswise into 6- to 8-inch-long sections. Pass each dough piece through cutter, flouring dough as needed to prevent sticking. (Alternatively, roll dough by hand to 1/16-inch thickness and cut into 1/8-inch-wide, 8-inch-long noodles.) Sprinkle cut noodles with flour, and place on a lightly floured rimmed baking sheet; cover with a towel to prevent drying out. Repeat process with remaining dough pieces.

  • Bring remaining 2 quarts water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Stir in salt, and return to a boil. Fill a medium bowl with ice water, and set aside. Add miki noodles to boiling water; cook, stirring occasionally, until noodles are just tender, 1 minute and 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Using a fine wire-mesh strainer or a spider, remove noodles, and transfer to prepared ice bath. Let stand until cold, about 3 minutes. Drain well, and set aside.

Make the bihon noodles:
  • Soak noodles in hot water according to package directions until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain well, and set aside. Heat oil in a 14-inch wok over medium-high. Add garlic and ginger; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in noodles, chicken stock, fish sauce, and soy sauce. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring often, until noodles absorb liquid and become tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; set aside.

  • Add 2 tablespoons oil to wok; heat over medium-high. Add half of the cabbage (about 1/2 cup) and half of the carrot (about 1/3 cup). Cook, stirring constantly, until tender, about 30 seconds. Add half of the chicken, half of the miki noodles (about 1 1/2 cups), half of the bihon noodles (about 2 1/2 cups), 1 teaspoon fish sauce, and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Cook, tossing often, until mixture is evenly combined and hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with additional fish sauce and soy sauce to taste. Transfer pancit to a larger platter.

  • Repeat cooking process with remaining oil, cabbage, carrot, chicken, miki noodles, bihon noodles, fish sauce, and soy sauce.

  • Serve pancit immediately with lemon wedges. If desired, garnish with scallions, fried garlic, fried shallots, and chicken skin chicharrones.

Make Ahead

Homemade miki noodles can be prepared through step 4 up to 1 hour in advance.

Note

Store-bought miki noodles, such as Fiesta Pinoy dry miki noodles or fresh Wah Nam noodles, found at most Asian grocery stores, can be substituted for homemade noodles. Start recipe at step 4, and cook miki noodles according to package directions. 

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