5 Dishes You Can Make With Sotanghon

This easy-to-cook noodles can be used in so many kinds of dishes.

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Sotanghon is an Asian noodle that isn't just popular in the Philippines. Did you know that sotanghon or vermicelli is also known as glass noodles? While these are not the grayish-green glass noodles made of sweet potato starch of Korean fame, sotanghon is also made from starch. 

It's actually made with just cornstarch and water, making these noodles a super versatile ingredient. You probably eat this noodle as either a soupy dish with chicken or as a stir-fried pancit dish that's colored with annatto or atsuete seed oil. Either way, the sotanghon noodles are prepared the same way but just treated differently to create two different dishes. 

Not all noodles can be used in the same way. Here are five sotanghon recipes plus a grocery list so you can list down the ingredients of the dish you want to try:  

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1 Pancit Sotanghon Guisado Recipe 

When it comes to sotanghon, you can use it to make a familiar dish: the pancit. This pancit however is a little different from other pancit recipes in that it has a little more liquid leftover than other stir-fried pancit recipes. That's because the sotanghon excels at being slippery. It's an easy noodle to eat because you can literally slurp it right off your fork!

This pancit recipe is actually quite simple. Combined with the chicken stock, some celery stalks, and cabbage, it's a lighter pancit than its cousins in both taste and even ingredients. 

Pancit Sotanghon Guisado Ingredient Grocery List: 

  • • oil
  • • 1 500-gram bundle dried vermicelli noodles (sotanghon)
  • • 1 medium red onion
  • • 1 head garlic 
  • • 1 small cabbage
  • • 1 bundle Baguio beans
  • • 1 small carrot
  • • 2 stalks celery
  • • 1 small pack atsuete seeds
  • • 1 bone-in chicken breast

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2 Chicken Sotanghon Soup with Malunggay Recipe 

If you want to relive your childhood, this recipe is the one that may just do it. It's a simple recipe that involves chunks of chicken simmered in a lightly seasoned broth with the noodles and sometimes, some malunggay leaves to give a burst of color.      

Chicken Sotanghon Soup Ingredient Grocery List: 

  • • cooking oil
  • • 1 200-gram bundle dried vermicelli noodles (sotanghon)
  • • 1 small pack chicken bouillon cubes or stock granules
  • • 1 small bundle malunggay 
  • • 2 chicken breast fillets

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Seafood Pancit Sotanghon Recipe

Seafood is a delicious way to change things up when it comes to pancit. Not all pancit are made with seafood but those that do have a unique flavor that's purely from the sea. This pancit is loaded with squid and shrimp to flavor the broth that softens the noodles, giving the dish its unique flavor profile. For this recipe, you'll need the fresh seafood to make this a special tasting meal. 

Seafood Pancit Sotanghon Ingredient Grocery List: 

  • • coconut oil or cooking oil 
  • • 1 200-gram bundle dried vermicelli noodles (sotanghon)
  • • 100 grams shrimp 
  • • 100 grams squid
  • • 1 medium red onion
  • • 1 head garlic 
  • • 1 small bundle sitaw 
  • • 1 large red bell pepper
  • • 1 small bundle bok choy  
  • • 1 small pack chicken bouillon cubes or stock granules
  • • 1 small sachet soy sauce  

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4 Beef Sukiyaki Sotanghon Recipe 

Sukiyaki is a Japanese soup that's a gently simmered with thinly sliced beef and vegetables in a sweet, savory soup. This soup is commonly a hot pot dish or shabu-shabu. This recipe swaps out the soup in favor of a bed of the sotanghon noodles that's sweetly flavored with the broth instead. It's the dried-up version of the Japanese classic recipe. 

Beef Sukiyaki Sotanghon Ingredient Grocery List: 

  • • vegetable oil
  • • 1 200-gram bundle dried vermicelli noodles (sotanghon)
  • • 100 grams sirloin beef, thinly sliced 
  • • 1 square firm tofu
  • • 1 small bottle Japanese mirin
  • • 1 small bottle or sachet Japanese soy sauce 
  • • 1 small sachet dashi stock granules 
  • • 1 small bottle sesame oil 
  • • 1 small packet sesame seeds
  • • 1 head garlic 
  • • 100 grams napa cabbage or Baguio pechay  
  • • 1 small carrot  
  • • 1 medium white onion 
  • • 1 small bundle spring onions 

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5 Oriental-Style Soup Recipe 

Also known as Nido soup since the birds that populate El Nido in Palawan contribute to the origin of this recipe, this recipe replicates the swift nests that are normally used in this Chinese-inspired soup. Instead of the nests, sotanghon is used as the substitute so no birds' nests need to be destroyed to make this soup. The noodles have a similar texture and are a more accessible ingredient, too. 

Oriental-Style Soup Ingredient Grocery List: 

  • • vegetable oil
  • • 1 100-gram bundle dried vermicelli noodles (sotanghon)
  • • 100 grams chicken breast 
  • • 1 small box cornstarch 
  • • 2 medium eggs 
  • • 1 small bundle spring onions 

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