Bam-i (Pancit Bisaya) Recipe

If you have not yet been to Cebu, trying out the Bam-i recipe will certainly give you the taste of what the Cebu region has to offer. Bam-i is called as pancit Bisaya due to the fact this recipe originated from the Southern region. This region is quite popular for their scenic beaches, amazing shoreline and wonderful history. Most people think that Cebu is all about seafoods and Lechong Baboy that tourists fail to notice and discover the amazing taste of Bam-i.

Filipinos have a native version of Italian spaghetti or carbonara – we have the pancit. If you will browse through my blog, you will be able to see the different types of pansit that Pinoys love to cook. Although you may think that Bam-i have similar ingredients with other pansit recipes such as pancit bihon, sotanghon guisado and the likes, the combination of  two different types of noodles is what makes it stand above all the others.

Bam-i Ingredients:

* 1 kilo of shrimp, head and shell removed, deveined
* 3 cups of cabbage
* ½ cup of shrimp juice
* ½ cup of soy sauce
* 1 kilo of chicken, cut up into pieces
* ½ cup of dried tengang daga or black wood ear mushroom
* 2 tbsp of canola oil
* 1 piece of onion, sliced
* 3 pcs of garlic cloves, crushed
* 1 package of canton or flour sticks noodles
* 1 package of sotanghon  or vermicelli noodles
* 2 tbsp of cilantro, minced
* 1 piece of hard-boiled egg, sliced thinly
*  patis (fish sauce), salt and pepper to taste

How To Cook Bam-I:

1.) Place sotanghon in a bowl and pour water enough to cover the noodles. Allow it to soak while you cook the first few ingredients.

2.) Place chicken pieces over medium heat. Pour enough water to cover the chicken. Cover then let it boil. Allow it to simmer until it becomes tender. Let the meat cool for a few minutes. Afterwards, shred the chicken meat then dispose the bones. Set aside about six cups of chicken broth.

3.) Boil water. After boiling, soak the tengang daga in the hot water for about 15 minutes. Afterwards, set it aside.

4.) Over medium heat and hot oil, saute onions and garlic. Add in the  tengang daga and the six cups of chicken broth. Allow the water to boil.

5.) Add in the shrimp, shrimp juice and cabbage shredding into the mix. Cook for about two minutes.

6.) Stir the canton in the boiling mixture. After three minutes, add in the chicken shredding, and your cilantro. Allow it to be cooked for about eight to ten minutes. After sometime, test the doneness of the noodles. Make sure that it is not yet overcooked. Otherwise, it will be quite soggy..

7.) Place the noodles and the ingredients in a plate and arrange it wonderfully. Garnish with the sliced eggs.

8.) Enjoy this Filipino dish!

This simple recipe will yield about four servings. Bam-I can be eaten for merienda, lunch or dinner.

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