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Ever find yourself craving a perfectly hot bowl of soup in the middle of the night to keep you warm? There are plenty of options to choose from just with Filipino cuisine alone. But should you be looking for a simple recipe that also fits right into the budget, I would go for this Pancit Bato Noodle Soup dish.
One of the things that sets it apart from your regular noodle soup is the usage of a delicious and satisfying Filipino noodle. Pancit bato comes from Bato town in the Bicol region, and has a satisfyingly smoky taste. The rest of the ingredients are what you would often see in Pinoy soup dishes, such as cabbage and chicken broth.
Pancit bato also works great in dishes without the broth though. If that piques your interest, definitely give my Pancit Bato Guisado recipe a try! But if you’re set on making some noodle soup, you could try a bunch of other dishes we also have here at Panlasang Pinoy.
More Noodle Soup Dishes to Cook
If you want to go the classic and easy route, the best choice would truly be this Simple Chicken Noodle Soup. The savory, comforting broth will be quite hard to say no to, especially alongside some yummy spiral pasta. You will normally see egg noodles with this kind of recipe. But Rotini is a great pasta to use as well because of how accessible it is, and just a bit more fun presentation-wise.
You can have your soup satisfyingly hot in another kind of way, and that’s by adding a bit of a kick to the dish! This Spicy Beef Noodle Soup can be your go-to when you are craving a broth that packs a punch, caused by the strong, irresistible flavor of dried Thai chili. And the best part about making this at home is that you will not have to worry so much about the spice level as it is entirely up to you! Feel free to add or lessen the number of chilis you put in the pot as you are cooking this depending on your spice tolerance.
As a cook, it can be quite satisfying to branch out, and try various cuisines. Should you feel like trying out Vietnamese cooking, I think the best way to start out is through a beloved classic, which is pho! This has quite the flavorful, refreshing broth enriched by a great variety of seasonings and spices. We’ve got cilantro, Jalapeño peppers, ginger and so much more!
How to Make Pancit Bato Noodle Soup
Preparing the pork
Get 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, and pour this into your soup pot. We will let this heat up, and then add 4 ounces of thinly sliced pork. Sauté your pork until it becomes light to medium brown, which would take around 3 to 4 minutes.
Letting the pork tenderize
We can now pour in 2 cups of chicken broth or chicken stock with water. Wait for this to boil, and then cover your pot. Just let everything simmer until the pork is nice and tender. This may take about 20 minutes.
Adding vegetables and noodles
Let’s make sure the dish has a good variety of textures by placing ¾ cup of snap peas, and ½ cup of julienned carrots inside. Continue cooking for 2 minutes, and then add your ¼ small cabbage that you’ve chopped up. Also put ½ lb. of pancit bato inside. Stir the ingredients together, and then cook it all up for 3 minutes.
Sprinkling in some of the final seasonings
Get some salt and pepper, and put in as much as you would prefer. In case you want more soup, or the dish is getting dry, feel free to pour in more chicken broth or water. After that, just transfer your soup into a serving bowl of choice.
You’ve done a great job whipping up some simply delicious Pancit Bato Noodle Soup! Now if you’re looking to make it again, but are missing chicken broth or chicken stock, there’s still a way to recreate this recipe!
A great substitute for this ingredient that I usually turn to is some chicken base (powder) with water. Get ½ tablespoon of chicken base, and mix it into 2 cups of water. You also have the option of utilizing 1 chicken bouillon, and combining this with 2 cups of warm water.
Had fun cooking up this noodle soup? There are plenty of other terrific recipes to try out here on Panlasang Pinoy! But feel free to suggest more recipes that you would like to see in the comments section. Also drop any of your questions below!
- 1/2 lb. Pancit Bato
- 1/4 head cabbage chopped
- 1/2 cup carrot julienned
- 3/4 cup snap peas
- 2 cups chicken broth or stock
- 2 cups water
- 4 ounces pork sliced thinly
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a soup pot.
- Once the oil becomes hot, saute the pork until the color turns light to medium brown (around 3 to 4 minutes).
- Pour-in the chicken broth or chicken stock and water. Let boil.
- Cover the soup pot and simmer for 20 minutes or until the pork becomes tender.
- Add-in the snap peas and carrots. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Put-in the cabbage and noodles. Stir and cook for 3 minutes.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. At this point, you can add more chicken broth (or water) if necessary.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve.
- Share and enjoy!