Glass noodles (sotanghon, vermicelli) with Sriracha and Chinese broccoli

Glass noodles (sotanghon, vermicelli) with Sriracha and Chinese broccoli

If you’re a fan of the Korean japchae (jabchae, chapchae or chapchee), this is a simpler version. Less steps to perform, less ingredients to prepare, shorter cooking time. But the perfect blend of spicy, hot, sweet, salty and tangy that really makes Asian food stand out is still there. I just wouldn’t have it any other way.

I used pork for this noodle dish but you can use chicken. If you prefer a vegetarian or vegan version, use mushrooms. If using meat, I recommend that it be grilled. There’s just something incomparable about the smoky tones of grilled meat that adds a mysterious depth to it. »

Pancit bihon with chicken, Chinese sausage, kikiam and crab balls

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Traditionally, bihon was made with rice flour. These days, if you check the labels on packs of bihon in the supermarket, you'll find that they are sometimes made with mung bean flour or cornstarch. Whether made with rice or not, they're still … »

Sweet and spicy rice sticks (bihon) with pork and pineapple

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I admire the Italians for their ability to turn basic pasta dough into so many shapes and sizes, then combine the noodles with all kinds of meat, seafood, sauces, vegetables and herbs to create endless dishes that taste, smell and look different from … »

Sotanghon (vermicelli) soup with chicken and black fungus

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Sotanghon (vermicelli), shredded chicken, chopped black fungus and vegetables are traditionally cooked together in the Philippines as a dry noodle dish. But my daughter, Sam, ever the soup lover (she takes after her father), prefers the soup version. … »

Sotanghon (vermicelli, glass noodles) and ginseng soup

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Yesterday, I showed you a pack of dried roots, barks and berries that I boiled with meat to make broth. Well, I didn't make a soup dish with the broth. I parboiled sotanghon in the broth then stirred the softened noodles with sauteed pork and … »

Sotanghon (vermicelli) soup with clams and wakame

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Most Filipinos know sotanghon soup as something with chicken or pork but, let me tell you, clams make a more flavorful broth. No need for enhancements, the natural flavors that can almost make you smell the sea are all you need and want.I … »

Ma Yi Shang Shu (Ants Climbing A Tree)

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The Chinese, the Italians and the Arabs all used to claim having invented the noodle. Then, in 2005 in Lajia in the Chinese province of Qinghai, archeologists unearthed "an upturned earthenware bowl filled with brownish-yellow, fine clay. When they … »

Sotanghon (vermicelli), chicken and mushroom soup

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It's probably the summer heat that makes us crave for liquid in just about any form. My family seems to appreciate soup more these days no matter how simple.But why we're craving for simpler dishes, I have no idea. Perhaps we've had our fill of … »

Cellophane (glass) noodles

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Cellophane noodle, also known as glass noodles because of their translucent appearance after they are soaked in water, is an Asian noodle found in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Thai cuisines. It is cellophane noodles … »