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Very often we mum's think of healthy and interesting food options that we can make for our kids especially when they are back from school knowing that their lunch boxes never come back home empty. Hence I always feel its important to give them a healthy and wholesome snack once they are home. When my kid comes home from school I always try and give him some source of carbohydrate combined with proteins along with this, a fruit and milk, or puddings made from milk. Kids normally can't eat too much at one time, so the portions can be small but giving them a little from each of these food group ensures a balanced meal.

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Happy cooking!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Pancit Bihon Guisado

This is a Filipino noodle recipe. In the Philippines "Pancit" is another name for noodles, "Bihon" is the brand of noodles they use and Guisado means frying or the process of frying. The original recipe is made with rice noodles but now some also use glass noodles as it gives a nice shiny and glossy texture when the noodles are served. I hope you enjoy this recipe.
2 cloves garlic
3/4 cup chopped onions.

1 cup diagonally chopped french beans.

1 cup chopped cabbage.

A packet of glass noodles. It's written bean threads on the packet. If you are not able to get the same packet try another brand or even rice noodles.

They are packed in bundles as you can see: Use 1 bundle for 1 adult. I have used 3 bundles.

You can also use these rice noodles (picture below) instead of the glass noodles.

1/2 to 3/4th cup chopped capsicum.

1/2 cup chopped carrots.

1 cup diced, boneless chicken. Wash well and keep aside. (vegetarians can skip this step)

Salt as per taste
1-2 tbspn oil
1-2 tbspn dark soy sauce.

Heat oil in a wok, once it becomes hot add finely chopped garlic.

Add onions and stir fry on a medium flame.

After about 1-2 minutes of stir frying the onions add diced chicken (veggies can skip this and directly add vegetables:proceed from the step where carrots are added into the wok, and then add the soy sauce.)

Add salt. Be careful in adding salt as soy sauce also has salt in it.

And stir well.

Add soy sauce and stir again.

Now add the chopped vegetables one by one: Carrots:

French beans:


And cabbage.

Stir well, continue to cook on a medium to high flame and add freshly crushed black pepper.

Cover with a lid and allow to cook on a low flame.

Open to check in about 4-5 minutes. The vegetables would have all cooked by now. If they have, switch off the flame or else continue to cook for some more time.

Boil water. Once the water boils add the glass noodles. Every packet should have instructions as to how long you have to boil etc.

Stir the noodles (while boiling) in between once or twice so that the noodles are separate and not one big lump. Once the noodles have cooked switch off the flame and drain the water.

Add the glass noodles into the wok and stir well. Switch on the flame and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.

You may want to adjust the amount of soy sauce, or add some red chilly flakes for making it a bit spicy.

Pancit Bihon Guisado (using glass noodles) is ready. Serve hot.

In the picture below I have used rice noodles.
Recipe Source: Cecil. Thanks for teaching me and sharing this recipe with all.

An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh. ~Will Rogers

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