Noodles complete a Filipino celebrate. You'll always find Filipino-style spaghetti, carbonara, or pancit bihon on the table. One of the buffet highlights during birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries is pancit palabok. Its characteristic orange sauce over thick noodles is a major spectacle. A typical palabok recipe calls for hard-boiled eggs, pork cracklings, calamansi juice for extra zing, and cooked seafood of your choice.
Despite its status as typical party food, palabok can still be an everyday staple in your household. Consider it an opportunity to celebrate the company of your family over a good, hearty meal. This recipe is different because it uses spaghetti instead of traditional rice noodles. It cuts prep and cooking time substantially.
To complete this 25-minute pancit recipe, ensure to have a pack of Knorr Shrimp Broth Cubes to tie in the flavors throughout the dish. Read more to learn how to cook palabok for the whole family!
Spaghetti Palabok Ingredients
- 2 pcs Knorr Shrimp Cubes
- 2 cups water
- 1 pack spaghetti
- ½ cup annatto (atsuete) seeds
- ½ cup cooking oil
- ½ cup shrimp, peeled
- 1 cup leftover rice
- 1 tsp Chinese celery (kinchay)
- ¼ cup tinapa, cooked and flaked
- ¼ cup crushed chicharon
- 2 pcs hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
How to Cook Palabok
Begin by making broth with Knorr Shrimp Cubes and water. Bring mixture to a boil. Cook spaghetti in broth for 12 minutes. Remove noodles and set aside. Reserve shrimp broth.
Cook atsuete seeds and oil in a pan until the mixture turns red or orange. Discard atsuete seeds and set aside the oil.
Plunge shrimp into the prepared broth and cook until they turn pink. Take shrimp out and set aside. Reserve the broth again.
Transfer broth to a blender and add atsuete oil, leftover rice, and kinchay. Blend until thick and smooth.
Transfer mixture to a pot and reheat. Once ready, you can start plating the palabok.
Arrange spaghetti on a platter and pour palabok sauce on top. Garnish with cooked shrimp, tinapa flakes, chicharon, and egg slices. Serve immediately.
There’s always something to celebrate when you have spaghetti palabok at home. Add more chicharon, shrimps, and tinapa as you prefer because you can never have too many toppings on your palabok.
There’s no doubt that this dish is a great choice for big dinner meals with friends and family. However, it’s also perfect to enjoy a small portion for merienda for a quick food fix. Even kids will appreciate the different textures and exciting flavors of this palabok recipe! For a complete festive meal, serve this dish with lumpiang gulay, seafood kare-kare, and crispy sisig.