Pancit ala Pobre Recipe

Try this budget-friendly yet flavorful recipe of Pancit ala Pobre! It is so simple to cook with few ingredients compared to other pancit recipes. Usually, when a dish is named ‘Ala Pobre’, it means that the dish is cooked with a lot of garlic, but it may also suggest that the dish is easy to cook and uses cheap ingredients.

Pancit Ala Pobre


  • 200g bihon noodles
  • 1/3 cup margarine (Dari Creme)
  • 1/2 cup garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 pcs chicken broth cubes
  • 4 cups water
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • fish sauce, to taste


  1. Pour water in a pot or deep pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the chicken broth cubes. Bring to a boil and let the broth cubes dissolve. Stir well.
  3. Add the bihon noodles. Cook until the noodles are tender. Remove bihon from heat, drain, and set aside.
  4. Melt the margarine in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until toasted. (Reserve some toasted garlic for toppings)
  5. Add the green onions. (Reserve some for toppings)
  6. Add the cooked bihon noodles, pepper, and fish sauce. Mix well.
  7. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving dish.
  8. Top with toasted garlic and chopped green onions.
  9. Serve and enjoy your pancit ala pobre!

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