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Bihon Canton Guisado is a Filipino classic fiesta essential noodle, made of two popular noodles: pancit canton (flour noodles), and pancit bihon (rice noodles). Having bihon canton is like having a feast in a bowl. The noodles, veggie and meat ensemble together makes this one fulfilling dish.
PINOY NOODLES COMPARISON
Noodles are the staple food next to rice. We owe our noodle recipes from the Chinese cuisine. It was then localized into our own versions into what we know today. Noodle dishes have been an integral dish every Pinoy occasion.
We all know that noodles are a must-have every fiesta and celebration. Let’s make a quick recap on the Filipino noodles we usually enjoy. These noodles might have different sizes, textures and color but all of them are super fulfilling to eat.
- Bihon: Thin translucent noodles made with rice flour and water
- Canton: Yellow noodles made with eggs. Also called egg noodles. May be round or flat.
- Sotanghon: Also thin and translucent. Might look like bihon but are made with green mung beans and water. Usually cooked as a soup.
- Miswa: Long, thin and white noodles which are very brittle.
- Lomi: Made with eggs and are soaked in lye water. Thicker than canton noodles.
The two noodles which will be used in this recipe is the bihon and canton.
BIHON CANTON GUISADO
“Celebrate with bihon canton guisado and have a happy and life.” That’s what my lola is always telling me everytime I cook for any family occassion. Forget all the other dishes but not the noodles.
Bihon came from the Spanish word “bijon”. They are made with very thin rice noodles which are marketed as rice vermicelli. When we say “pancit”, it is usually the bihon that is talked about.
A Pinoy’s celebration is not complete without the bihon canton. Many believed that it really lengthens our lives but of course, bihon canton is so delicious and fulfilling.
Bihon and canton are actually two noodles which are cooked together in this recipe. They can be prepared separately but are better when they come together. The difference in their textures plus the different meats and veggies in it made this dish a complete deal.
HOW TO MAKE BIHON CANTON GUISADO
If you were to make a peak on the recipe below, it might look like a lot list of steps. In reality, the only time-consuming phase in this recipe is chopping and preparing the ingredients but the rest will just be like a piece of cake.
As bihon canton is known to be full packed of vegetables, I highly suggest having someone help you in preparing them, especially if you’re going to make a large batch. You can use any vegetables that you like but the ones I used in this recipe are the most usual and economical ones.
Before you start chopping the vegetables, boil your chicken with bay leaves. Bony parts are the best chicken parts to use for this as they also give a nice chicken broth. By the time you are done preparing the veggies, your chicken will be ready also. Flake the chicken using your hands to separate the bones. Set them aside until use.
The next step is to do the meat and veggie mixture. Technically, the only thing you need to do is sauteing everything. But remember: there is a proper sequence of sauteing the ingredients for a guaranteed delicious meat and mixture.
Let’s start with the ingredient which doesn’t need aromatics. I used kikiam in this recipe but you can also add fishballs and squidballs (cut the squidballs in half). Fry the kikiam until partly-cooked. This will simply be added later.
Next, we will go to the actual meat and veggie mixture. Saute your aromatics, followed by the chicken liver and the flaked chicken. These two requires extra cooking time so we cook them first. Don’t forget to season them with soy sauce and oyster sauce (only put half of them).
Next, add the carrots and green beans. Make sure to remove the string on the side of the green beans. I forgot to do this once and my green beans ended up raw since water did not enter them. (HAHAHAHA). Carrot and green beans are tough vegetables which takes time to cook so we cook them first. Bell peppers and cabbage cooks fast so we add them last. When everything is cooked, add the fried kikiam and give it a quick stir.
The meat and veggie mixture is done so simply set them aside as we cook the noodles.
The next steps are better made in a large wok or talyasi. Grab the chicken broth from the boiled chicken earlier. For added flavor intensity, I added a shrimp broth cube. Further season the broth with the rest of the soy sauce and oyster sauce. Adjust the taste using salt or fish sauce. I added some sugar for extra linamnam.
Add the bihon noodles first. Suprisingly, they cook longer than the pancit canton. This will take around 8 to 10 minutes to soften. Use two sandoks to separate the noodles for easy stirring. Put the pancit canton on top of the cooked bihon. Press it gently until submerged in the broth. This too will soften out like the bihon noodles.
Just wait until the broth is completely absorbed by the noodles. Add the meat and veggie mixture and simply combine them with the noodles. You will be needing two sandoks and a lot of arm strength to do this one.
The bihon canton is now done and ready to eat. Drizzle some freshly-squeezed calamansi and enjoy!
Bihon Canton Guisado
Course: Noodle Recipes
250 grams bihon noodles
200 grams canton noodles
300 grams chicken (best to use bony parts)
1/2 cup chicken liver (sliced)
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup oyster sauce
1 large onion (chopped)
5 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 cup kikiam (or squidballs or both)
5 to 6 cups water (for broth)
1 piece shrimp (or chicken) broth cube
1 medium carrot (cut into strips)
1/2 cup green beans (cut)
3 to 4 cups cabbage (chopped)
1 small red or green bell pepper (chopped)
4 pieces dried bay leaves
1 to 2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
2 tablespoon celery leaves (optional)
fish sauce and pepper to taste
oil for sauteting
- Arrange the chicken in a pot and add the bay leaves. Pour enough water to cover the chicken and allow it to boil. When boiling, remove the white scum that floats using a spoon. Cover the pan and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes.
- Separate the chicken from the broth. Cool the chicken completely. Flake to remove the bones. Reserve the chicken broth.
- Heat some oil in a pan. Fry the kikiam until light brown and partly cooked. Set aside.
- In the same pan, saute the onions and garlic until fragrant and light brown. Add the chicken liver and saute until it changes color. Season with some pepper.
- Add the flaked chicken to the pan and saute for a few minutes. Pour half of the soy sauce and the oyster sauce. Stir and saute. Add the carrots and green beans and saute to cook for a few minutes. Add the bell peppers and cabbage. Stir and saute until the cabbage softens. Add the fried kikiam. Combine well with the other ingredients.
- Transfer the vegetable mixture to a container and set aside.
- Add the reserved chicken broth to a pan. Put the shrimp broth cube and allow it to boil.
- When boiling, add the rest of the soy sauce and oyster sauce. Stir well. Do a taste test and adjust the taste using fish sauce or salt and a little sugar.
- Add the bihon noodles and allow it to soften. Gently separate the noodles using two sandoks.
- Add the pancit canton noodles and baste with the broth until it softens. Lower the heat until the broth is completely absorbed by the noodles.
- Add the vegetable mixture to the noodles. Toss gently until well-combined. Add some freshly-chopped celery leaves for added fragrance.
- Transfer the bihon canton to a serving platter. Eat it while it’s hot. Enjoy!
Bihon Canton Guisado Recipe (TAGALOG)
- 250 grams bihon
- 200 grams canton
- 300 grams manok (best and mga mabubuto)
- 1/2 tasa atay ng manok (hiniwa)
- 4 kutsara ng toyo
- 1/4 tasa ng oyster sauce
- 1 malaking sibuyas (hiniwa)
- 5 butil ng bawang (hiniwa)
- 1 tasa ng kikiam (o squidballs o pareho)
- 5 – 6 tasa ng tubig (para sa broth)
- 1 piraso ng shrimp (o chicken) broth cube
- 1 carrot (hiniwa ng strips)
- 1/2 tasa ng sitsaro (hiniwa)
- 3 – 4 tasa ng repolyo (hiniwa)
- 1 maliit na red o green bell pepper (hiniwa)
- 4 dahon ng laurel
- 1 – 2 kutsarita ng asukal (optional)
- 2 kutsara dahon ng celery (optional)
- patis at paminta
- mantika (pang-gisa)
- Ilagay ang manok sa isang pot kasama ng dahon ng laurel. Lagyan ng tubig para matakpan ang manok at pakuluan. Kapag kumulo na, alisin ang white foam na lulutang gamit ang kutsara. Takpan ang kawali at lutuin pa ito ng 10 – 15 minuto.
- Alisin ang manok sa pot. Palamigin ito saka himayin. Itago ang pinagpakuluan.
- Magpainit ng mantika. Iprito ang mga kikiam hanggang maging light brown. Isantabi.
- Sa parehas na kawali, igisa ang sibiyas at bawang hanggang maging light brown. Ilagay ang atay ng manok at igisa hanggang mag-iba ang kulay. Budburan ng paminta.
- Ilagay ang hinimay na manok sa kawali at igisa. Sunod na ilagay ang kalahati ng toyo at oyster sauce. Haluin ng konti. Ilagay ang carrots at sitsaro. Sunod na ilagay ang bell peppers at cabbage. Haluin para lumambot. Huling ilagay ang pinritong kikiam. Haluing mabuti.
- Ilipat ang mga gulay sa lalagyan at isantabi.
- Ilagay ang pinagpakuluan ng manok sa kawali. Maglagay ng shrimp broth cube para mas masarap.
- Kapag kumukuli na, ilagay ang natitirang toyo at oyster sauce. Haluin. Tikman at iadjust ang lasa gamit ang patis o asin at konting asukal.
- Ilagay ang bihon at hayaan itong lumambot. Medyo paghiwa-hiwalayin ito gamit ng mga sandok.
- Sunod na ilagay ang pancit canton. Medyo ilubog ito sa sabawa para lumambot. Babaan ang apot hanggang maiga ang pancit.
- Ilagay ang mga gulay sa kawali. Haluin ng dahan-dahan. Maglagay ng dahon ng kinchay para mas mabango at saka haluin.
- Ilipat ang bihon canton sa serving bowl. Kainin ito habang mainit pa at samahan ng tinapay. Enjoy!