Celebrating ‘Pahiyas Festival’ with Pancit HabHab and the Embassy of the Philippines, Riyadh

Celebrating ‘Pahiyas Festival’ with Pancit HabHab and the Embassy of the Philippines, Riyadh

This is ‘Pancit HabHab’, a speciality noodle dish prepared using dried flour noodles and native to Quezon province of the Philippines.

‘Pancit HabHab’

Why did I prepare this you might ask….?

As part of ‘Pahiyas Festival’, a thanksgiving celebration for bountiful harvest celebrated in the Philippines every year, I was contacted by the Philippines Embassy in Riyadh (@phlinksa) to participate. I was sent a special package that included some gorgeous goodies and the ingredients I would need to prepare ‘Pancit Habhab’. I cannot thank them enough for the honour and having travelled to the Philippines before and enjoyed their food and culture, I was beyond excited to give this dish a go.

The box comes with instructions thankfully but I decided to tweak the recipe a little bit, adding my wife’s favourite choice of protein, CHICKEN. The recipe was simple enough but I had to get some Bok Choy and veggies to complete the dish and I must say, it turned out to be lip-smacking good.

Ingredients:

• 250g Habhab noodles
• 1 piece Onion chopped
• 2 Barrio Fiesta Chicken Cubes 
• 4 cloves Garlic crushed
• 1 piece Chayote squash sliced 
• 1/4 cup Soy sauce
• 20 pieces Snow peas
• 2 cups Water
• 3/4 cup Carrots julienne cuts • 6 tablespoons Cooking oil
• 2 bunches baby Bok choy
• Salt and ground black chopped pepper

Instructions:

I added ‘Chicken’ and removed the snow peas and chayote since I couldn’t source them on time.

1. Pre-heat the cooking pan and add 3 tablespoons of cooking oil.
2. Put first the sliced chayote and stir it in the pan. After 30 seconds, put the carrots and continue the stirring. Few seconds after, you can add the snow peas and continue stirring. You can add salt and pepper to taste.
3. After 1 minute, you can add bok choy and continue to stir-fry at least 30 seconds.
4. Set aside the stir-fried vegetables.
5. Using the same pan, add 3 tablespoons of cooking oil, then add the onions.
6. After 30 seconds, you can add the garlic and stir at least 30 seconds.
7. Add 2 cups of water.
8. Then add 1 to 2 Barrio Fiesta Chicken Cubes.
9. Mix until it simmers. Then, you can add the soy sauce.
10. Once the mixture is boiling, you can now toss the Pancit or noodles. Stir until the liquid mixture is absorbed by the noodles.

The recipe and the chicken stock was provided by @barriofiestafoods

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