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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Kulinarya–Vegetarian Palabok

The lovely Erika from The Ivory Hut hosted this month’s theme.  Her choice was veggies.  I was so happy with this choice since that is all I have been craving.  My problem was trying to find something the family would eat.  Have I ever told you The Husband is extremely picky.  He loves to compare what I made to other places like Jewel (I know, it drives me crazy).  I went with dishes I knew he would eat and what I have been craving for a couple of weeks now: Fresh Lumpia and Vegetarian Palabok (yes vegetarian).  '

For the Fresh Lumpia, I used the same recipe as I did in a previous post.  I thought this dish would best display vegetables.  IMG_4093IMG_4097IMG_4102
The other dish I have been dying to try is vegetarian palabok.  One of the many times The Mother came to visit, she brought one of my aunts with her.  She showed me a palabok recipe that The Daughter is able to have.  It is seafood free but you are able to add some shrimp or tinapa if you like. 
Vegetarian Palabok
1 Package of palabok noodles (The Mother says spaghetti works too)
2 Cans of Cream of Mushrooms + two cans of water (I just cleaned out
2-3 Tbs of Ground Annatto Seed
4 Tbs of  Chicken Bouillon
1 Onion Chopped
4 Cloves of Minced Garlic
1 Package of 8 oz. or more Soft Tofu
  1. Soak the noodles in water to soften.
  2. Sautee the onions and garlic in a large wok or pan.
  3. Once the onions and garlic soften, add the tofu, bouillon, annatto seed and mix well.
  4. Add the cream of mushrooms and water than bring to a boil.
  5. Once the sauce is done, add the noodles and let it simmer until the noodles is soft and cooked.
  6. Serve with the topping of your choice.
*You could have tinapa (shredded smoked fish), pork rinds, toasted garlic (my favorite), and even hard boiled eggs.


  1. My oh're the second member that used tofu! Now i'm craving for some tokwa. Your palabok version sounds so good! And your lumpia looks so fresh! Great job on this challenge.

  2. What a great and easy way to make palabok! Thanks for the recipe, Joy!

  3. Oh yum the lumpia looks delicious but it's the vegetarian palabok that's making me crave big time! Great job on this challenge!

  4. Wow this sounds so fresh and delicious :) I really must try this :)

  5. I used to make my palabok semi-vegetarian with puffed tofu. It's not as satisfying as regular palabok but very good too.:)

  6. Oh I've never had this but would love to try it!

  7. I've added tofu to palabok a few times & it's a great alternative when going for a meatless version. Great to put on lumpiang sariwa as well.

  8. Fascinating. I never would have thought about cream of mushroom soup. So many great ideas with this challenge!

  9. Great recipe and wonderful idea! I'm HUNGRY!!

  10. Great recipe and looks delicious!

  11. Joy, pa order...hehehe! I eat two of each straight away and then can I have one of each to go!

  12. love your vegetarian palabok version. YUM

  13. Very easy and healthy recipe. It look likes very delicious.

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  15. Just made this today; all I can say is: THANK YOU! My 10 yr old girl child gave it a great big "I like it!" and asked to have it for dinner, vice the ravioli I already had warming in the oven. Then she asked for SECONDS! Although it isn't as flavorful as the carnivorous version, it is very, very good by vegetarian standards - surprisingly so! Tweaked it a bit as all I had on hand was the extra firm tofu, added a small squirt of patis (couldn't resist), then crushed up a whole bag of shrimp flavored crackers, since I couldn't find vegetarian chicharon. Topped it with sliced green onions, boiled egg, and fried garlic. Yummy and thank you again for sharing!

  16. Chicken broth is not vegetarian, so may I suggest either not calling this vegetarian or changing it to vegetable or mushroom broth. Thanks...might save a vegetarian's belly if a meateater trying to be kind, brings this "vegetarian" dish to a gathering. Thanks!

  17. This is not vegetarian if you're using chicken bouillon (contains chicken meat and chicken fat).

  18. Pardon me but there's nothing vegetarian in putting chicken broth in a recipe. I would suggest putting in vegetable broth instad... :)


  19. this is not vegetarian lol chicken bullion cubes :)