This Super Sosyal Pancit Palabok is a Filipino rice noodle dish made with a prawn sauce and topped with smoked trout, boiled eggs, crushed pork rinds and chives. It’s the ultimate party dish.
It was my birthday 2 days ago and my special request to my mom was Pancit Palabok. I actually shared our family recipe on The FeedFeed a few months ago. However due to time constraints and not being able to go to the Filipino market to get all the things, we had to do some slight modifications.
What came about was a little fancier version. Sosyal in Tagalog means fancy in English. The final dish turned out better than expected so I just had to share.
Pancit Palabok is a rice noodle dish that is topped with a prawn sauce that is flavored and colored with atchuete (annato). A prawn stock is made by boiling prawn heads and shells in water until all the flavor is extracted making sure to press down on the heads to get all the juices out. Then the shells are strained out and the sauce is put back on the stove to reduce and thickened with arrowroot powder.
What I love about this pancit in particular is that you can make it your own through the toppings. This is where we had to do some replacements as we could not get to the Filipino market. Here I’ll list both traditional toppings and what we ended up using instead.
My personal preference is to go way heavy on the sauce, smoked fish and kalamansi. It’s really a pick your own adventure kind of dish. Totally perfect for parties as it makes it more interactive and you get to see everyone personal preference.
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