Mia Orino from Kamayan ATL shares her recipe for Palabok Shrimp Noodle, a Filipino dish loved by her family, and the story behind the first time she made it. Photo by Mia.
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Carlo: “The first time that we had a kamayan at our house, it was my birthday. And Mia made shrimp broth noodles called Palabok. She made it from scratch, and she made it three times. With the first two she tasted it and said, “Um, just get rid of it. It doesn’t taste right.”
Mia: “And people were saying, “It’s good, It’s good!” But I just couldn’t get the flavors correct. The balance of the flavors. Because it has smoked fish, and shrimp, and pork. You can imagine that there are a lot of things going on. So I just couldn’t get it. And since I don’t measure and I don’t trust the recipes out there, I just had to keep on trying. It was quite difficult for me. There are mixes out there that you can buy for one dollar, but I just refuse. Now that I’ve figured out all the flavors, I can make it quickly!”
Pancit Palabok (Filipino Shrimp Noodle)
- 1 package rice noodles
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 2 cups shrimp broth
- 1 1/2 cups pork broth
- 1 tbsp annatto powder
- 2-3 tbsp oil
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 dash ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup flour
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 lb shrimp, pan-fried in butter and garlic
- 6 quail eggs, boiled
- Smoked fish flakes (Tinapa)
- Garlic, minced and fried
- Scallions, slice thinly
- Lemon, lime, or calamansi slices
- 1/2 cup pork cracklings crushed
Cook the rice noodles according to package directions. Set aside.
Heat the oil and saute the garlic and onions.
Add the ground pork and cook for about 5 minutes.
Dilute the annatto powder in the shrimp broth. Then pour the mixture in the pan. Bring it to a boil.
Dissolve the flour in the pork broth and add it gradually to the pan while stirring.
Stir in the smoked fish flakes. Season with salt and pepper.
Place the cooked noodles on a serving plate. Pour the sauce on top of the noodles. Then arrange the cooked shrimp, boiled quail eggs, pork cracklings, fried garlic bits, scallions, and sliced lemons.