Pancit Bihon – Do you have the patience of Job?

I grew up eating pancit, adobo, sinigang, lumpia, etc.  Lumpia is the only Filipino dish I had figured out how to make until about a month ago when the light came on for me on how to make pancit properly! Even though I know how to make it, I still prefer my mom’s pancit, and her adobo (and my dad’s too!), and anything else she will cook for me.  Her pandesal is delicious!  Anyone else’s pandesal is too salty or too sweet. Hers is perfect.

The secret to making good pancit for me is to use a seasoning mix!  Yes, it’s that easy. Well, the cooking part is anyway.  The prep work is the difficult part. I cheat when I make my lumpia and use a bag of frozen mixed vegetables. I can’t use frozen veggies in pancit, so this means I have to take the hard route of slicing all the veggies myself. And as my husband will tell you, I am VERY SLOW when it comes to cooking or baking. I also make a huge mess!

My usual mix of veggies for pancit: green beans, carrots, and celery. I don’t like cabbage very much so I don’t put that in.

French-cut green beans or as close as I could get them to French-cut.
French-cut green beans or as close as I could get them to French-cut.  These green beans are from our garden.  I used about 1/4 pound I think, probably less.
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