When comes to Filipino food, we often hear a noodle dish called Pancit. Pancit is Stir Fried Rice Stick Noodle.
Linda’s Pancit gets the yellowish/orangey colour from Annatto which is the seeds from achiote tree from her backyard in the Philippines. She brought the seeds all the way from Philippines. Annatto is a natural food coloring. It has a mild peppery scent with a hint of nutmeg.
- 2 packs of 400 grams rice stick noodle
- 3 tablespoons Annatto seeds
- 1 pound chicken breast
- 1 pound bean sprout
- 1 cup dried wood ear slices, reconstituted in hot water and drained
- 4 cups water
- mushroom seasoning to taste
Marinate for chicken
- 2 tablespoons cooking wine
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- few drops of oil
- salt and pepper to taste
P/S: some of the ingredients above are for another dish, i.e. Stir Fried Mix Vegetables which is in the next post
Prep time: 30 minutes; Cook time: 30 minutes; Serves 8 to 10
|Here is a picture of the Annatto seeds. They are tiny red seeds. Apparently, you can get Annatto seeds from Dollar Smart 99Up Store on Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC. It’s $1.69 for 2 oz if I remember correctly. It’s labeled as Annatto Seed, Grains De Curry and Curry Korn.
|Heat the Annatto in several tablespoons of oil in a small sauce pan on medium low heat to extract the colour and flavour.
To substitute the Annatto, you can soak a few pinches of saffron in hot water for the coloring.
|Linda uses this mushroom seasoning to flavour the pancit. This is MSG free. It is available at China World Supermarket on Odlin Road, according to Linda.
|Click on the image to check the nutritional facts of the mushroom seasoning.
|Soak the rice sticks noodles in hot water until soften, and drain.
|Slice the chicken breast into thin slices. Marinate with cooking wine, soy sauce, minced garlic, sugar, cornstarch, oil, salt and pepper for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
|In a large wok, saute the marinated chicken with a couple teaspoons of oil. When the chicken is cooked, dish out onto a plate and keep warm.
|In the same wok, add water and Annatto extract. Scrape bits left on the bottom of the wok if any from frying the chicken. Bring to a boil.
|Add reconstituted wood ear strips.
|Add softened rice stick noodles. Stir and toss to mix well.
|Continue tossing until all the water is almost evaporated. Season with mushroom seasoning to taste.
|Lastly, add in bean sprouts and toss to mix well.
|Serve the rice stick noodles in a large platter. Top with the cooked chicken strips.