A few weeks ago I celebrated my birthday and turned 31. In most Filipino families, it’s a tradition to always serve a noodle dish during the celebration, although the truth is there aren’t a lot of healthy noodle recipes out there.

What kind of noodles do we normally find at Birthdays?? Usually its some kind of serve sweet spaghetti or noodles cooked and drowned in soy sauce or something else loaded with additives and preservatives right?

 This prompted me to create my own healthy recipe based on a Filipino favorite, ‘Pancit Bihon’. Try it and see the difference between eating something drowning in additives and eating something healthy. This healthy noodle recipe guarantees longer life!

Rainbow Rice Noodles

A healthy twist to a birthday favorite incorporating all the colors of the rainbow without using high sodium seasoning or additives and preservatives.

500 grams rice (bihon) noodles
4 cups water
1-2 tablespoons non-hydrogenated coconut oil or avocado oil
2-4 stalks green onion, chopped
1 large carrot, julienned
1 small purple cabbage, chopped in bite sized pieces
1 large red bell pepper, julienned
100 grams organic bean sprouts, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic minced
250g shrimp, peeled
5-6 cups beef, chicken or vegetable broth
1 bunch bokchoy leaves, chopped
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2-4 pieces of calamansi or 1-2 lemon wedges
Ground pepper

  1. In a separate bowl, soak rice noodles in water for 15 minutes.

  2. In a wok or large pan, sauté onions, carrots, cabbage, bell pepper and bean sprouts until soft.

  3. Add garlic and shrimp until cooked.

  4. Add rice noodles and broth to simmer until the noodles have absorbed the broth.

  5. Add bokchoy and cilantro until leaves turn dark green.

  6. Serve with calamansi or lemon wedges and ground pepper to taste.

Original recipe by Dr. Raymond Escalona, MD