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Jiangxi Vermicelli Soup with Siomai (adaptation of Pinoy Pancit Molo)

In the Philippines, there is an adaptation of the Chinese Wonton Soup which is called Pancit Molo. Though the word "pancit" means noodles, the Pancit Molo, which originates in the town of Molo in Iloilo, has actually no noodles in it but instead wontons and strips of wonton wrappers. And unlike the regular pancit dishes, pancit molo is not dry but soupy. 

I remember back in the Philippines when wonton wrappers became available in our province, my mom made her first Pancit Molo like Chinese Wonton Noodle Soup. But instead of the thin egg noodles, she used "miki" which is the Filipino version of round fresh egg noodles. I find eating my mom's version of Pancit Molo truly comforting! Having both noodles and wontons make it a complete meal in a bowl...and I just love it! There's no "miki" here in Texas so I've been trying different kinds of noodles for my Pancit Molo. (My Pancit Molo, by the way has siomai in it instead of wontons. It's basically the same, the only difference is the thickness of the wrapper and way they are wrapped.) I've tried some varieties of egg and rice noodles...and the best fit I've found so far is the Jiangxi Rice Vermicelli! It's texture and light taste is so good with the siomai.

If you want a nice "tummy filling" and comforting soup, you should try this! 

Ingredients :
  • 1 bundle Jiangxi vermicelli
  • 25-30 pcs uncooked pork siomai (Check out how to make siomai here.)
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp fish sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 stalks green onions, chopped
  • toasted garlic, for garnish


Procedure:
1. Soak Jiangxi vermicelli in water for at least 15 minutes.

2. In a saucepan, heat oil. Sauté garlic and onions until garlic turns brown. 

3. Add the broth and fish sauce.
4. Bring to a boil and then drop in the siomai. Add salt and pepper to suit your taste. Cover and let it boil again. Reduce heat and let it simmer until siomai is cooked. 
5. Add soaked vermicelli and half of the green onions. Simmer some more until vermicelli is cooked.
6. Remove from heat. Serve hot. Topped with spring onions and fried garlic.

17 comments :

  1. Definitely will try this one once i bought all the ingridients....

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  2. What similarities we have in the type of food we enjoy, my fav one is this besides the nice we cannot be without.

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  3. Mmmm, this sounds and looks so wonderful. I love these types of soups. Will have to get these ingredients soon so I can make it!

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  4. Tina...what a beautiful soup! I love the combination of noodles and wontons! This is a soup I could have used for my rainy weekend here in D.C.! : )

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  5. Oh this looks so good! I love won tons and vermicelli.

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  6. Delicious vermicelli with wantons, yum yum

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  7. Ohhhhh! This is such a comfort food Tina! I've been learning so much about Filipino food this year. I seriously don't know why we don't have enough Filipino restaurants around here. Then I would be eating there pretty often. Japanese usually don't put noodles in wontons. I think I'm going to have to add it. I think it will be 110% satisfaction, guaranteed!

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  8. Oh, YUM!!! I wish I could teleport a bowl right into my kitchen...mmmm.

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  9. This vermicelli looks amazing Tina!

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  10. Soupy noodles are so good and comforting. I can have a large bowl of this any time of the day :)

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  11. Looks wonderful! I'd like a bowl. Yum!

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  12. I love a good soup! And this is definitely a great one! Amazing comfort food Tina! :-)

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  13. Such a lovely and comforting soup, Tina! Filipino cuisine is so unique and delicious...so sad that we don't have any Filipino restaurants in our area here...perhaps you should move to S.Florida, and open up a little cafe here:DDD we do have a large Filipino populations in the food industry!
    Hugs,

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  14. I wish I could smell and taste this today. It looks absolutely delicious. One of my dear friends is from the Phillipines and when we worked together 25+ years ago, she blessed me often with Pancit "cantun" (have no idea how to spell it!). It was absolutely amazing and the memory of it has carried me for all of these years. Yours is different from hers; but yours looks every bit as yummy. Thanks for sharing your recipe! If I can find the ingredients, I'm going to make this. The weather is starting to turn cool here in New England and this soup will be perfect.

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes. I will definitely try them. :)

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