I have taken the liberty to change this recipe into a vegetarian one(except for the fish sauce). Hope you like it! :) Adapted from Cooking School Stories, Food Network.
- 2 -4 ounces vegetable oil, 1/4 cup (or more)
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 4 ounces julienned Spanish onions (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 lb firm tofu, pressed, cut into 1 1/2 inch strips
- 1⁄4 cup cornstarch
- 4 ounces soy sauce (1/4 cup)
- 2 pints vegetable broth
- 1⁄2 ounce fish sauce
- 14 ounces carrots, washed, peeled and cut julienne (1 1/2-2 cups)
- 4 ounces celery, julienned (1/2 cup)
- 14 leaves green cabbage, washed and finely cut, chiffonade style (see below)
- 8 ounces vegetarian sausages, cut into strips, about 1 1/2 inches long
- 1 lb rice noodles, soaked in warm water (to cover)
- salt & fresh ground pepper
- 4 scallions, washed, trimmed, and coarsely chopped, as a garnish
- 2 lemons, washed, tips cut off, sliced into wedges, as a garnish
- Press tofu by cutting in half and placing paper towels on top, then placing a heavy cast iron skillet(or other heavy object) on top and pressing for 15-20 minutes, to squeeze out moisture. Cut tofu into 1 1/2" strips and roll in cornstarch to coat.
- In a wok, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onions and stir-fry until translucent.
- Add tofu and sear until tofu is browned.
- To make a chiffonade, stack the cabbage leaves one on top of the other and roll tightly. Cut in thin slices.
- Add soy sauce, vegetable broth, fish sauce, carrots, celery, cabbage, and vegetarian sausage to wok. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until vegetables are al dente and wok is almost dry.
- Drain rice noodles, stir into wok and cook for 5 to 7 minutes on medium-low heat with tofu and vegetables.
- Season, to taste, and serve immediately on a warmed plate. Garnish with scallions and a lemon wedge.
Wonderful Pansit! My filippino friends were proud of me and enjoyed it also. I omitted the fish sauce so it would be completely vegetarian and it didn't taste like anything was missing. I also didn't have any spanish onions so just used some onion powder. Tasted great with the tofu, but I like the idea of using mushrooms instead sometime. I also used the vegetarian chicken broth, Mckays chicken seasoning mixed in water, instead of vegetable broth though I'm sure it would have been good in vegetable broth also. I was going to take a picture of it, but it was gobbled up by my family too quickly! Thanks so much Sharon!
Delicious. My husband devoured the portion pictured and went back for a bigger second helping! I added mushrooms as I didn't have tofu on hand, will be making again and trying the tofu version definitely.