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Palabok

One of the most popular Filipino dishes is the “pancit palabok” or simply known as  “Palabok”. This is a very scrumptious meal and indeed one of the prides of the Filipino people. Palabok is a noodle dish with shrimp sauce and topped with several ingredients such as cooked shrimp, boiled pork, crushed chicharon, tinapa flakes, fried tofu, scallions, and fried garlic. A very tasty treat that is sure to relieve your hunger. There are other noodle dishes that are similar to this but the Pancit Luglog and Pancit Malabon are the ones that come close to the taste and appearance. The secret is the “orange sauce” that gives the palabok a unique flavor. The chicharon on top of the palabok is also the “finisher” of this delicious dish because it gives extra texture and flavor.

The Palabok is indeed a very popular dish and a lot of Filipinos love it. If you have a chance to try this in your local “Filipino Town” then better do so or you can cook it yourself. There’s a list of ingredients for you to follow.

  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 tbsp anatto powder
  • 3 cups pork broth
  • 1 piece shrimp cube
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Toppings:

  • 1 cup boiled pork, thinly sliced and cut into small pieces
  • 2 pieces fried firm tofu (tokwa), cubed
  • ½ cup tinapa flakes (smoked fish)
  • ½ cup chicharon (pounded)
  • 2 hard boiled eggs,sliced
  • ½ cup cooked shrimps (boiled or steamed)
  • 1/4 cup green onion or scallions, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp fried garlic
  • 2 pieces lemon, sliced (or 6 to 8 pieces calamansi)

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