Filipino Cuisine: Stir Fried Rice Stick Noodle (Pancit Bihon)

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

Source: Linda

Prep time: 30 minutes;  Cook time: 30 minutes;  Serves 8 to 10


Filipino-Bihon-Pancit-20-200x300Here 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.
Filipino-Bihon-Pancit-4-300x200Heat 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.

Filipino-Bihon-Pancit-21-200x300Linda 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.
Filipino-Bihon-Pancit-23Click on the image to check the nutritional facts of the mushroom seasoning.
Filipino-Bihon-Pancit-3-300x200Soak the rice sticks noodles in hot water until soften, and drain.
Filipino-Bihon-Pancit-2-300x200Slice 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.
Filipino-Bihon-Pancit-6-300x200In 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.
Filipino-Bihon-Pancit-24-200x300In 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.
Filipino-Bihon-Pancit-5-300x200Add reconstituted wood ear strips.
Filipino-Bihon-Pancit-7-300x200Add softened rice stick noodles. Stir and toss to mix well.
Filipino-Bihon-Pancit-9-300x200Continue tossing until all the water is almost evaporated. Season with mushroom seasoning to taste.
Filipino-Bihon-Pancit-10-300x200Lastly, add in bean sprouts and toss to mix well.
Filipino-Bihon-Pancit-11-300x200Serve the rice stick noodles in a large platter. Top with the cooked chicken strips.

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  1. Rice Palette

    Great step-by-step instructions showing the recipe! I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never had Filipino cuisine before, so I need to try this out!

  2. Crispy Lechon

    I should try that mushroom seasoning. There are lots of “umami” in mushrooms so that replaces MSG. Thanks for the post Suanne. Discovered another great idea from reading your blog.

  3. Ben

    Oh hi honey: Hold the beansprout if you make it at home, OK? You know how I hate those things in my noodles. Sooooo … do you think I am going to have the privilege to taste this at home, or do I need to go to Pinpin?

  4. Crispy Lechon

    A good substitute for bean sprouts in pancit bihon is shredded cabbage.

    BTW, if you want to try a good pancit bihon you dont need to drive to Pinpin. Closer to home, Newtown Bakery in the stripmall across from Richmond centre cooks a really good pancit bihon. Check out Sherman’s post on Newtown branch in Surrey.

    Also, while on the topic of Filipino cuisine, Cucina Manila Richmond is now opened in the same strip mall as Newtown. It’s just 2 doors away from Excelsior restaurant. They have a grand opening special right now of 10 percent off dinners. It’s foodcourt steam table style restaurant. A good way to introduce the Filipino cuisine to someone new at it.

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