Shrimp Pancit with Chicharrones

This bowl of rice noodles tossed with shrimp balls, cabbage, and snow peas in a rich sauce is savory and comforting. The crushed chicharrones on top lend each bite some crunch, while the cilantro packs a punch of brightness and the calamansi juice cuts through the saltiness of the noodles to provide salty and sour balance.

Shrimp Pancit with Chicharrones
Photo: Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Thom Driver
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 6 ounces frozen shrimp balls (about 10 shrimp balls) (from 1 [8-ounce] package), thawed and quartered (about 2 cups)

  • 1 (16-ounce) package rice stick noodles (such as Bihon)

  • 3 tablespoons neutral cooking oil (such as canola oil)

  • 4 (3 1/4 ounces total) scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 cup)

  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon)

  • 2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage (from 1 small [2-pound] head cabbage)

  • 1 medium (4-ounce) carrot, cut into 1/8- x 1/8- x 2-inch thin matchsticks (1 cup)

  • 1 (.28-ounce) package all-in-one-seasoning (such as Maggi Magic Sarap)

  • 2 ½ ounces fresh snow peas, trimmed (about 1 cup)

  • ½ cup soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

  • 1 chicken bouillon cube (3/8 ounce)

  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, divided

  • 1 teaspoon calamansi juice (from 1 [10-ounce] bottle)

  • Crushed chicharrones


  1. Fill a small saucepan with water two-thirds full; bring to a boil over medium-high. Add shrimp balls; boil until fully cooked, about 7 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking time. Drain, reserving 1 1/2 cups cooking water. Place rice stick noodles in a large bowl, and add cold water to cover; let stand for 10 minutes for al dente noodles, 15 minutes for softer noodles. (This is so the noodles don't soak up the cooking liquid too quickly later.)

  2. While noodles soak, heat oil in a wok or heavy-duty skillet over medium-high. Add scallions and garlic; cook, stirring often, until scallions and garlic are softened, about 2 minutes. Add shrimp balls, cabbage, carrot, and seasoning granules; cook, stirring often, until vegetables are tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Add snow peas; cook, stirring often, until peas are tender-crisp, about 1 minute. Set aside snow peas and half of the vegetable mixture.

  3. Stir reserved cooking water, soy sauce, oyster sauce, crushed red pepper (if using), and bouillon cube into remaining vegetable mixture in wok; bring to a simmer over medium-high.

  4. Drain noodles; pull apart, and add to wok. Reduce heat under wok to medium-low; cook, stirring constantly, until noodles are cooked through and have absorbed all the liquid, about 5 minutes. (Make sure all the noodles get an even color.) Remove wok from heat; stir in 1/4 cup of the cilantro, and transfer noodle mixture to a platter. Top with reserved snow peas and vegetable mixture, and sprinkle evenly with calamansi juice and remaining 1/4 cup cilantro; garnish with crushed chicharrones.

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