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Sardinas Pancit Sotanghon (Bean Thread Noodles with Sardines in Tomato Sauce)

Last week was all rainy here in my side of the world. Though I don't like rain (especially very hard rain that could stop me from doing things), I just love the sound of it. It kinda makes me feel relaxed. Ehhhr, I guess lazy is the right word...because all I wanna do on a rainy day is to either curl up on the couch with Ryan and the girls or take a long nap...and all I could think of is FOOD! But since I am feeling lazy, I don't want to do too much cooking...all I want is quick and easy comfort food. 

It was raining really hard last Wednesday so Ryan decided to just work from home. We ate some leftover nilaga for lunch...and when it was dinner time, the girls were saying they wanted pancit (noodles). With all the ingredients I put in the usual pancit I cook, I felt so tired already just thinking of how much chopping I had to make. Then suddenly I remember about this vermicelli soup with sardines that my mom used to make. I don't cook it often because Clarise and Cherlin aren't so into canned sardines. But I thought that they might like it if I make it into a guisado (sauted) version without the soup. So that's what I made. I was thinking that if they won't like it, I'll just make them eat the leftover mac & cheese in the ref...
...but guess what??! They loved the Sardinas Pancit Sotanghon! I couldn't believe that both of them finished a plateful of it in just a few minutes...and they asked for another serving. Too bad I didn't cook much! 
Since they didn't get enough of it, I had to cook it again last weekend...and just like last Wednesday, it was all gone before I knew it! :)

  • 8 oz. bean thread noodles, soaked for at least 15 minutes and drained
  • 2 *5.5oz. cans sardines in tomato sauce (I used 1 regular and 1 spicy Ligo sardines, which is a Filipino brand, but other brand of sardines in tomato sauce will do)
  • 3-4 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 small-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 small-sized tomato, chopped
  • 4 stalks spring onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds (I used ½ Tbsp black & ½ Tbsp brown)
  • parsley flakes for garnish

1. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, saute garlic in olive oil until light brown. Add onions and tomato and saute until tomato is soft.
2. Add the sardines including sauce and 1 cup water.  Bring to a slight boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
3. Add in the soaked bean thread noodles and continue to simmer while stirring until noodles are cooked. Add sesame seeds and half of the green onions and simmer for another minute.
4. Remove from heat. Serve hot. Garnish with remaining green onions.


  1. This looks so appetizing! We just had sotanghon (we call tanghoon here) as soup for dinner tonight and the girls will always have two helpings of the sotanghon every time I cook. ;)

    1. I really like the simplicity of this recipe, Lyn! With just canned sardines and sotanghon, you'll have a delicious filling meal in no time! :)

  2. I'll say it again - YUM! I suppose one could substitute the mung bean noodles for rice noodles?

  3. Oh my !!!!! I LOVE this dish and really miss it *sigh* Would really like some now hahaha Yummy photos , too !

  4. Your bean noodles dish looks awesome. I bought bean noodles for a change from rice noodles but I messed up by boiling it. This looks so easy to make.

  5. We used to eat so much of sardines at one time so much so I had to cut down on it. There's always canned sardines at home and everytime I need to cook something in a jiffy, its always sardines.

    Mostly its stir fried with potatoes or curries again with potatoes, eaten either with rice or slices of bread as for my hubby. I have never tried sardines with noodles and my hubby will drop dead if I make this.

    Looks simple delicious and love the color of the outcome, yummy, yummy and more yummy.

  6. Oh, I love sardines, Tina! My family looks at me like I'm nuts when I eat them, but they don't know what they're missing. I really need to try them in your pasta looks wonderful!

  7. Tina, you just reminded me that I do not cook bean thread often enough...yours look delicious with sardine...I will have to try this one...and very soon. Beautiful dish.
    Have a great week :)

  8. yum yum yum! I love this kind of pancit. I've never tried putting sardines in it though. Looks so good!

  9. Pancit is definitely one of our favorite meals! You did a nice job improvising a classic =)

  10. Hi.. this looks yummy... i will try it this weekend.. does it make a big difference in the taste if i don't put sesame seeds? Thanks..

    1. Not really. I usually cook it without the sesame seeds. :)