Stir Fried Noodles with Shrimp and Vegetables {Filipino Pancit Canton} Recipe - Skillful Cook
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Stir Fried Noodles with Shrimp and Vegetables {Filipino Pancit Canton}

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So I’ll just come right out and say it. One thing I have done a pretty bad job at in my new life here is trying new Filipino foods.

I know.

When you visit a new place, all you want to do is try super exotic things and eat street food and take pictures of it and maybe even risk getting a few dreaded drops of water in your system just to get the full experience. You’re fun and adventurous and you soak it up.

Well, I moved to a new place and that did not happen to me.

I did get some cute and curious neighbors, though. And that is a win.

Boy standing in a hallway.

On an all-too-frequent-basis, I have found myself – er, still find myself? - reaching for the PB&Co. Or the Bob’s Red Mill. Or the Baked Doritos (true colors, yo). Instead of taking pictures of the new and exciting foods at the store, I take pictures of myself eating Easy Mac. At home, though. I don't eat that at the store, but thanks for thinking so highly of me. To my credit, I’ve eaten a lot of mangoes here, so... yeah.

Truthfully, I’ve only scratched the surface on making and trying Filipino foods. And now I'm trying to change that.

Stir fried noodles with shrimp and vegetables on a plate with a fork.

Now that I’m starting to feel a bit more comfortable – yes, it takes me four months to get comfortable, what of it? – I’m gonna try again. I’m not going to hole up in the international section of the grocery store. I’m gonna start buying things like giant bags of pancit canton noodles.

And then I’m going to stir fry them with shrimp and veggies and eat em out of the pan. Have you eaten noodles straight out of a pan recently? Please do it. It feels so weirdly satisfying.

Stir fried noodles with shrimp and vegetables in a skillet.

This is a traditional Filipino noodle dish that is so simple and so full of great flavor. It's like a glorified ramen. But does that make you want it more or less? Maybe just ignore me.

The thick noodles soak up all the flavor of the sauteed onion, chicken stock, soy sauce + fish sauce, and that fresh squeeze of calamansi juice (lime for you). Throw some meat, er, seafood, whatever, in there with the fresh veggies and WOW. It was really, really good.

I added cilantro to mine because I couldn't not do it, but you guys, cilantro is not very Filipino.

I wonder if getting myself a third heaping plate of noodles is also not very Filipino.

But anyway.

Stir fried noodles with shrimp and vegetables on a plate.

By the way, check out Jun-Blog if you're looking for some other Filipino yums. Jun's blog is a winner!

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Stir Fried Noodles with Shrimp and Vegetables


These addicting stir fried noodles are also known as Filipino Pancit Canton. With shrimp, vegetables, and deliciously simple flavors.


  • 1 lb. raw, tail-off shrimp
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 head green cabbage
  • 2 large carrots
  • 8 ounces dry pancit canton noodles
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • calamansi (or lime) juice to taste
  • sliced green onions for topping


  1. Mince the garlic and onion. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and onion and stir-fry until soft, about 3 minutes. Add shrimp and cook, stirring frequently, until no longer translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Chop the cabbage and peel and grate the carrot. Add another tablespoon of oil into the skillet and stir fry the vegetables until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a large pot, bring the chicken stock, soy sauce, and fish sauce to a boil. Add the pancit noodles and boil until the noodles are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the shrimp and vegetables to the pot and stir to combine.
  4. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to a large skillet and add the contents of the pot. Stir fry the mixture for about 10 minutes. When most of the liquid has been absorbed, remove from heat and stir in the calamansi juice. Top with sliced green onions.


You could change up the vegetables with anything that's in season or that you happen to have on hand.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Filipino

Keywords: stir fried noodles, shrimp and vegetables, filipino pancit canton

What's that? Don't have pancit canton noodles sitting around the house? Me either, and I live in the Philippines. Try your local Asian market - I have a feeling they'd be happy to send you home with a big ol' bag of the good stuff.

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Yum! Your pancit looks delicious! And thank you for the Jun-blog shoutout. I always look forward to your tweets and instagrams from the Philippines. And I still owe you a recipe for sapin-sapin.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Thanks Averie! I was kind of struggling with the lighting (it was late afternoon) and then I decided to switch up the angle and BAM. I landed the best lighting ever. 🙂 I love that you notice that stuff!

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    Hey, it’s ok–take the time you need to get through culture shock. I know when we moved from California to NYC (not quite the same, but still!) we spent an awful lot of time perfecting our own homesick Mexican cooking. 🙂 These noodles look great!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Thanks Eileen! It’s funny how that homesick cooking works, isn’t it? Speaking of homesick Mexican cooking, I could really use some authentic Mexican food these days! 🙂

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    This recipe is also great with rice noodles – that’s the way my Mom made it! I think your next Filipino recipe should be lumpia! Give it a try:D

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      I know! I actually want to have the aunties at the orphanage teach me how to do it because I feel like lumpia is one that I should watch and learn from the experts. 🙂

      1. Skillful Cook Logo

        Definitely take advantage of the learning opportunity – you won’t regret it! The ingredients are simple, a little time consuming to make but SO worth it! I remember my Mom making batches and batches of them when I was young. It such comfort food for me now that I’m an adult. Now I make them for us on special occasions and holidays. Good luck – I can’t wait to see the post:D

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    Oh! I love a good noodle dish! Looks fantastic! I don’t blame you for taking a while to transition though! You like what you like and are used to!

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    When you say “cabbage”, do you mean the round, sometimes huge, heads that are in all US supermarkets, or are you thinking of the more typically Asian Nappa cabbage? How many cups of chopped cabbage should I shoot for?

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Mine was green cabbage, not the napa cabbage, but it was rather small. Even still, I probably had at least 4-5 cups of shredded cabbage (before cooking it down).

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    Trust me, a third heaping plate of noodles or any carbs is VERY Filipino. 😀

    Thanks for teaching kids here! 🙂

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    That looks delicious! Good luck on your culinary adventures in the Philippines. P.S. in addition to lechon, I hoping you get to try kaldereta, afritada, kare-kare, sinigang, and the ever popular pancit and lumpia!

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks delicious!!
    PS- The carnitas were a big hit in my house!! Made up the tamale pie with the leftovers.. sooooo goooood!!!

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    I absolutely LOVE pancit. A Filipino with whom I used to work made it for each work potluck. A friend here in Sacramento is Filipino, and when she found out how I dearly loved it, always drops by at least a quart of it. Hers has oodles of very thinly veg and very little oil (doubt she really stir-fried the entire dish.) I also love Lumpia stuffed with veg. She’s given me frozen bags of them. Due to the many steps they always make a ton. I throw the lumpia in the freezer. Traditionally they are fried, but we had lovely results brushing the frozen lumpia and baking at 400F until golden brown. You will have fun getting to know all the lovely ingredients over there! Thanks for your awesome blog.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I loved that he was watching me sans pants. 🙂 No need here for those kinds of things in the Philippines, I guess.

  10. Skillful Cook Logo

    Oh my goodness! This was SO good. Both hubby and I LOVED this. Definitely a keeper!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I’m so happy to hear that! And guess what? NO JOKE I just made it again for dinner myself. 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

  11. Skillful Cook Logo

    I grew up with pancit canton in the Philippines and I think you did a marvelous job with your version. I would happily dig in and try it! It’s nice to know that you are venturing to the local cuisine. Good luck and enjoy!