Weekend Cook: Pancit Palabok

This post is dedicated to Mama.

Thank you, Mama, for all the years you gave up yourself to bring up 6 children. Thank you for the love and nurturing. Thank you for my beautiful childhood memories. Thank you for teaching us the virtues of hardwork and patience. Thank you for the Christmas Ham (and now, Pancit Palabok!) legacy that I shall carry on 😀 . I love you. Happy Mother’s Day!


“Mama cooked us the most wonderful meal!”

My sister Rav bragged a few months back when she and her family were in Baguio for a few days. The meal’s main attraction was Pancit Palabok.

We recently discovered that Mama knew how to cook Pancit Palabok! It must be a secret she has been keeping from us (hehe), but it is now out in the open! Mama isn’t much of a cook, but her kitchen specialties – Christmas Ham, and, now, Pancit Palabok – more than make up for the lack. They’re superb!

During my family’s visit with my parents in Baguio, she and I cooked some pancit palabok. I thought it was complicated so I never attempted, but thanks to Mama Sita, it isn’t difficult to whip at all! The preparation takes a while, as there are plenty of ingredients. But the procedures are all very simple. (May the gourmet gods forgive my abomination – using shortcut mixes!)



500 grams pancit noodles ( rice glass noodles)

100 grams shrimps, peeled, deveined (if you want to bother, but I don’t), and chopped (save heads for shrimp stock)

300 grams tinapa (smoked fish), fried and flaked (take out the bones!)

200 grams pork, sliced into bit-size pieces

4-6 eggs, hard-boiled and sliced

1-2 cups pork cracklings, pound or grind in food processor

1/2 cup green onions, chopped

1 med size onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, crushed

salt, and patis (fish sauce) if you wish

3 packs Mama Sita Palabok Mix

[ERRATUM: 3 packs seem too much! Two packs should be enough for 500 grams of noodles. Please pardon my mistake.]


2-3 tbsp cooking oil

calamansi (Filipino lime)


1. Soak shrimp heads (and mash with a spoon if you must!) with 1 cup boiling water for about 5 minutes. Drain and set liquid aside. This is your shrimp stock.

2. Cook glass noodles according to package instructions. Set aside.

2. In a large pan, heat oil. Saute garlic and onions over low heat. Add pork, continue stir-frying until cooked. Remove pork and set aside.

3. Saute shrimps in the same pan only til they turn orange. Remove from pan.

4. Dissolve Palabok mix in cold water (follow package instructions). Pour dissolved mix and shrimp stock into pan used for sauteing. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring once in a while. Simmer until sauce thickens. Season with salt and patis (fish sauce).

5. Arrange noodles on a plate, and top with sauce, pork, shrimps, smoked fish flakes, pork cracklings, green onions and sliced eggs. Squeeze calamansi juice over your plate of pancit palabok if desired. Enjoy!

24 thoughts on “Weekend Cook: Pancit Palabok

  1. This is a lovely tribute to your mom. I also made one for my own mom.

    I like palabok. My husband makes it too. The dish looks really good. It’s 2:57am and my tummy is confused. I think it’s thinking about breakfast. haha!

    Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  2. Yum yum yum… one of my fave things in the world! And now I have a recipe. I am not much of a kitchen person, but I just might try this.. Incidentally, what did they use instead of the mix before it was available?

    That Black and white pic is precious! Happy Mothers’ Day to your mom!

    and Happy Mothers’ Day to you iMoM!

  3. Now I’m craving for pancit palabok. 🙂

    That is a classic photo. We also have a lot of black and white photos and I notice that in our pictures, my mother would also make us pose infront of plants. 🙂

    Happy mother’s day to you imom.

  4. yummy! you just made me drool for palabok. i haven’t really tried cooking palabok though one of these days, i might just do that.

    beautiful picture of your mom!

    chats, thanks for the beautiful greetings on mother’s day. i appreciate it so much. happy mother’s day to you, too.

  5. hmmm.. i haven’t had pancit palabok for almost 2 years now (had it since our last trip back in the philippines) .. super craving for it now…

  6. Hi Rach! you’re very lucky to have a husband who cooks. You don’t have to sweat it out in the kitchen; just sit and wait to be served 😉 Wow, you’re up late blogging ha. hehe

    Hi Alternati!
    Uhm.. I really don’t know what they did before Mama Sita invented the mix. My mom is too practical to tinker with the old-fashioned way! But I think they (the ancestors? lol) used atsuete (for color), crab fat (for color and flavor), seafood stock (shrimps, mussels, etc for flavor), and cornstarch (for thickening). But the mix is just as good so I will not even attempt the long-cut. haha, I’m so lazy!

  7. Niceheart, so I see that you got those plant-poses too LOL. Happy Mom’s day to you too, and it’s so nice of you to drop by 🙂

    Belle, you’re welcome!

    Hi Noemi! Thanks for dropping by! Mom’s Day wasn’t a day of pampering for me, but it was fun altogether-we watched Spiderman 3 with the kids.

  8. Hi Toni!
    Would you like some Mama Sita palabok mix and chicharon to go with the next Pinoy Pack that will reach you on May 24th? The tinapa- no can do! The Rav will kill me (mangangamoy tinapa ang clothes nya LOL). Maybe you c an substitute it with another type of smoked fish. Lemme know, okidok?

  9. Yup would love all those in my next Pinoy Pack.. syang naman the tinapa. i know i bought those tinapa flakes/daing flakes in one of those small booths you find in malls etc. siguro nalugi na..

  10. I will do my best to find the bottled tinapa flakes. Have yet to make that trip to Market Market, i might just find it there!

  11. Happy iMoMz Day!! And to Mom too!

    My Caboodle will have to make me some Pancit Palabok when she comes home (hold the fish sauce…). I can’t wait to eat real food again. Did I mention how much I miss her!?

  12. I love that photo of you and your mom! I use mixes in my cooking too, they are life savers. Your photo made me hungry for some palabok. yumm!

  13. Palabok is my Nanay’s favorite! It’s mine too, actually I find myself increasingly liking Nanay’s taste in food

    Everytime we visit Pinas I always order Jollibee’s palabok with chickenjoy — arrgghh Craving hehe
    Thanks for posting the simplest recipe for Palabok, I have to try this. Yun nga lang walang Pinoy tinapa dito. Mags-substitute na lang ako.

  14. a happy mother’s day post, complete with a recipe. so thoughtful of you. my mom, too, cooks the best palabok, but this does not stop us from trying other recipes.

    belated happy mother’s day to you, Chateau, and to your mom, too!

  15. Oh wow, thanks for posting the recipe. Can’t wait to try it out and I’m not much of a kitchen person either. If it turns out well (I always manage to create disaster in the kitchen), it’ll be a pleasant surprise for hubby!

  16. hmm my firefox seems to unstable, I’m pretty sure I left a comment here on Monday… anyway

    I love palabok! It’s also Nanay’s favorite. Everytime I visit Pinas I order the Jolibee meal with chickenjoy & palabok combo. Thanks for posting this recipe, I have the mix & the glass noodle, all I need is a substitute for tinapa

  17. Hi Ethan!
    J9’s visa is really taking so uber-long…
    Yesterday was another birthday party and guess what PetCat made?

  18. Hi Jmom! Glad to find an ally in you (re-mixes) haha 😀

    Hi May! Try it, maybe Zee can even help with arranging the eggs and stuff on top.

    Hi Auee! Sometimes the comments I post in other blogs disappear too. Just glitches I guess… Did you know that there is now canned tinapa of the Ligo brand? Check it out in Pinoy food stores in your area.

  19. Hi auee and sexy mom! Akismet ate up your comments for breakfast (Spam!), sorry about that. So Akismet is the culprit, not your Firefox, auee 😀

    Sexy mom, does your mom cook palabok the traditional/long-cut way? Not that I’d want to try, but it would be good to know and since Alternati asked 😀

  20. I have prepared a lot of food but I have not yet done palabok. I’m afraid I won’t get the right mix for the sauce. I will copy this recipe and will try it one weekend. Thanks! 🙂

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