Simple Pancit Palabok Recipe

Simple Pancit Palabok is a version wherein you can make your own palabok or luglog by using the minimum ingredients possible. What makes this palabok recipe good is the idea that you can have the same delicious pancit palabok taste using fewer ingredients, which leads to a lower costs. Consider this as a budget palabok recipe.

Palabok Recipe

There are many ways to make pancit palabok because these come in different versions, and it even has many names. For the sake of this recipe, I will call this dish as simple pancit palabok because this actual dish was made with whatever is available in our pantry. I am glad that there is still a pack of cornstarch noodles left and I still have some tilapia flakes sitting in the freezer. I think that these 2 ingredients are the most vital, and the others may vary.

I had a previous palabok recipe post which made use of bihon noodles. That was somewhat similar to the pancit palabok served in Jollibee. I also had a version of Pancit Malabon. I grew-up eating pancit malabon because I used to help my parents man our shop in Las Pinas every day during the summer (and every weekend during school season). It was situated beside a restaurant that serves the said dish as its specialty.

Although it is ideal to have all the ingredients to make the percfect pancit palabok, this simple palabok recipe has the qualities of the complete thing. This might not be comprehensive, but only you can judge how it will fair after tasting it.

Try this Simple Pancit Palabok Recipe. Let me know what you think.


Simple Pancit Palabok Recipe
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6
  • Serving size: 6
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 1 pack (500g) Palabok noodles also called cornstarch sticks
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 lb. pork shoulder or belly, sliced into small pieces
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • ¼ cup annatto seeds, soaked in ½ cup water
  • 1 piece shrimp cube or 1 tsp. shrimp powder
  • 6 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour, diluted in ½ cup water
  • 1/2 cups tinapa fakes
  • 3 pieces hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 10 pieces medium shrimp, head and shell removed
  • 1 cup chopped Napa cabbage, blanched
  • ½ cup crushed pork rinds (chicharon)
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Soak the noodles in water until it gets soft. Drain the water.
  2. Boil 6 cups water in a cooking pot. Once the water boils, quickly submerge the noodles in it and cook for 1 to 3 minutes. Drain the water right away. Set the noodles aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a cooking pot.
  4. Once the oil gets hot, quickly pan-fry the shrimp for around 30 seconds per side. Remove the shrimp and set aside.
  5. Put-in the pork, Saute until the color turns light brown
  6. Pour-in the beef broth and add the shrimp cube (or powder). Let boil. Cover and simmer until the pork gets tender.
  7. Add the water from the soaked annatto seeds. Stir.
  8. Add the flour diluted in water. Stir the mixture and ensure that all ingredients are distributed properly. (Note: this means that the flour and water are combined and stirred thoroughly until well blended. ) Continue to cook in low to medium heat until the sauce thickens.
  9. Add 2 tablespoons tilapia flakes and some salt and pepper to taste. Stir and set aside.
  10. Now that the sauce is ready, you can start to assemble your simple pancit palabok. Arrange the noodles in a serving plate, pour the sauce over the noodles. Gently toss the noodles so that it gets coated with sauce. Top with Napa cabbage, scallions, pork rinds, shrimp, more tilapia flakes and egg.
  11. Serve. Share and enjoy!



Pancit Palabok Recipe

Pancit Palabok is a noodle dish with shrimp sauce and topped with several ingredients such as cooked shrimp, boiled pork, crushed chicharon, tinapa flakes, fried tofu, scallions, and fried garlic. A very tasty treat that is sure to relieve your hunger.

There are other noodle dishes that are similar to this. Pancit Luglog and Pancit Malabon are the ones that come close to the taste and appearance (the only difference would be the noodle and some ingredients as well as some preparation steps).

If you love Jollibee’s Palabok, I’m sure that you will love this recipe even more. Please have the necessary ingredients on hand and prepare the necessary kitchen equipments so that you could enjoy this very tasty dish in no time.

Try this tasty Pansit Palabok recipe.

pancit palabok recipe

Pancit Palabok Recipe


  • 1 pack (1 lb) rice noodles (bihon)


  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 tbsp anatto powder
  • 3 cups pork broth
  • 1 piece shrimp cube
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  • 1 cup boiled pork, thinly sliced and cut into small pieces
  • 2 pieces fried firm tofu (tokwa), cubed
  • ½ cup tinapa flakes (smoked fish)
  • ½ cup chicharon (pounded)
  • 2 hard boiled eggs,sliced
  • ½ cup cooked shrimps (boiled or steamed)
  • 1/4 cup green onion or scallions, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp fried garlic
  • 2 pieces lemon, sliced (or 6 to 8 pieces calamansi)

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. Soak the rice noodles in water for about 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cook the sauce by heating a saucepan. Pour-in the cooking oil.
  3. When the oil is hot enough, put-in the ground pork and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes
  4. Dilute the annato powder in pork broth then pour the mixture in the saucepan. Bring to a boil (If you are using anatto seeds, soak them first in 3 tbsp water to bring-out the color)
  5. Add the shrimp cube and stir and simmer for 3 minutes
  6. Add the flour gradually while stirring.
  7. Add the fish sauce and ground black pepper then simmer until sauce becomes thick. Set aside.
  8. Meanwhile, boil enough water in a pot.
  9. Place the soaked noodles in a strainer (use metal or bamboo strainer) then submerge the strainer in the boiling water for about a minute or until the noodles are cooked. (make sure that the noodles are still firm)
  10. Remove the strainer from the pot and drain the liquid from the noodles.
  11. Place the noodles in the serving plate.
  12. Pour the sauce on top of the noodles then arrange the toppings over the sauce.
  13. Serve with a slice of lemon or calamansi. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 6

Note: If you are using fresh shrimps with head, the shrimp cube can be omitted. Shell the shrimp and remove the head. Crush the head of the shrimp and use the juice instead of the shrimp cube.