Matcha-Infused Filipino Treats: Puto and Pancit Canton Combo
Calling the attention of all the Filipino and Non-Filipino matcha lovers out there, you might’ve found the perfect blog post for you. One thing’s for sure, you’re in for a treat!
We’ve all seen recipes for matcha ice cream, cheesecake, truffles, cookies, cupcakes, and all that jazz but we are taking a step further by adding matcha to all the most popular and well-loved Filipino dishes which you can definitely make in the comfort of your own home without breaking the bank.
Without further ado, here are the recipes:
The Bouncy Matcha Puto Recipe
Puto is a staple dish in the Philippines, and every feast or birthday party you would go to best believed that puto from all shapes and sizes will make an appearance in every buffet table. It is often paired with pancit which serves as its side dish. And, it is best paired with a hot cup of coffee. And, yes - coffee! The Philippines is a tropical country but the locals prefer to drink a hot cup of coffee as their merienda (snack).
When making your bouncy matcha puto, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 2 tbsp baking powder, sifted
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1.5 tsp vanilla flavor
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 7 tbsps. butter, melted
- 1 can evaporated milk or 1 cup of full cream milk
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tbsps. matcha powder
- Sliced cheese or creamcheese
- Green and Yellow food coloring
For the Puto Batter:
- In a small bowl, melt 1 stick of butter in a microwave. If using a pan to melt butter, use low heat possible. Do not burn the butter. You need 7 tablespoons of melted butter. (alternatively, you can use coconut oil or lard).
- In a mixing bowl, add melted butter, beaten eggs, and ½ cup white and brown sugar. Whisk it until well combined.
- Add 1 cup evaporated milk or full cream milk. Whisk it and gradually add in sifted flour and baking powder.
- Gradually add water while whisking. If you have an electric hand mixer, beat it quickly until batter becomes bubbly. But DO NOT overmix it, you only need enough bubbles in the batter to make your puto become fluffy when cooked.
- Once it becomes bubbly, fold in your vanilla flavoring and matcha powder with a clean spatula.
- Your batter should have a pancake-like consistency and you should see some small bubbles which means that your puto will be fluffy when it’s cooked.
- Transfer the batter in a small pitcher, and fill each silicon mold until it’s ¾ full for you do not want your puto to overflow. Then carefully, place each slice of cheese or cream cheese in the center; you can either put a slice in the center which serves as a filling or just put on top as a dressing, or you can do both.
- Prepare your steamer, and wait until the water reaches its boiling point before you start placing your puto in steamer rack on top.
- Use a clean cloth to seal the top of the steamer.
- Steam it for up to 10 minutes over low heat. Once cooked, transfer it to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes until its ready for unmolding.
- Serve and Enjoy!
Sweet and Spicy Matcha Pancit Canton
Another fan-favored dish from the Philippines which is influenced by the Chinese merchants who traded goods in the Philippines in 7th century AD. To this day, it is a staple food for celebrations, especially for birthday parties because its long noodles signify long life. So, if you want to make sure that you will leave long, make sure to not break nor cut your noodles!
For the matcha noodles:
- 300 gm all-purpose flour, might need more for dusting
- 4 room temperature large eggs
- 30 gm matcha powder, sieved (or more, depends if you like your matcha to taste stronger)
- 300 grams of skinned medium-sized shrimp
- 250 grams chopped pork belly
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of rice wine
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic teaspoon
- 1 small carrot
- 1 bell pepper
- 50 grams snap peas
- 1/4 head white cabbage
- 1 shallot
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
For the sauce:
- 1 and 1/2 cups bone broth
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon tapioca starch or corn starch (never flour!)
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame seed oil
- 1 tbsp. chili powder
- 3 tbsp. honey
- 1 tbsp. lemon
For the matcha noodles:
- Combine and sift the flour and matcha into a bowl.
- Mix until incorporated
- On a large flat clean surface place the flour and match mixture in a mound.
- Crack all 4 large eggs into the center of the mound of flour and matcha creating a well to hold the eggs.
- Using a light hand, break the yolks of the egg and gently bring the flour into the center of the well using your fingertips.
- Keep incorporating the flour into the eggs until all the flour has been absorbed.
- Once the dough starts to form, bring it together with your palms and knead into a smooth yellow dough. This will take roughly 5 minutes. Note: If your dough is on the dry side you can add a little SLASH of water to bring it together.
- When the dough forms a ball, cover tightly with cling wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes to allow the dough the rest and the gluten to develop. No longer than 18 hours.
- After resting, remove the dough from the fridge and cut it into 4 equal pieces. Set aside and cover with a towel to stop it from drying out.
- Flour your work surface and rolling pin and roll 1 ball of dough at a time into a large thin sheet. I don't give dimensions for this part as it varies but my one note would be to get it as thin humanly possible. Like paper-thin.
- Once the dough has been rolled out, fold it over itself several times.
- Cut the roll of pasta into strips roughly 1/4 inch thick depending on what pasta you are making.
- Then dust some flour over the sliced strips of dough and unravel them to reveal your fresh pasta! Repeat this process with the remaining dough.
- Set cut pasta aside on a tray and leave out at room temperature to cook-off or cover and place in the fridge to be cooked later.
To Cook Fresh Matcha Noodles:
- Place a medium pot over medium-high heat and boil 8 cups of water. Once the water is boiling salt it and place the fresh pasta in the water.
- Add the pasta and allow it to cook for roughly 2 minutes or until tender. When the pasta floats to the top of the pot it is ready.
- Strain the water off the pasta and let it cool
- Cut the pork belly into half inch slices. Cut each slice into strips less than half an inch wide.
- Place the pork belly in a bowl. Add the soy sauce, rice wine, and half of the garlic. Mix well.
- Cover the bowl and let the pork marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Peel the carrot and julienne.
- Core and deseed the bell pepper and julienne as well.
- Pinch off the tips of the snap peas and pull off the stringy fiber along the sides.
- Thinly slice the cabbage.
- Peel the shallot and thinly slice.
- Heat the wok and pour in a tablespoon of oil.
- Stir fry the pork in the hot oil until cooked through. The pork had been cut into small pieces and because stir-frying requires extremely high heat, the pork should be done in less than five minutes. Scoop them out and transfer to a bowl.
- Stir fry your chopped pepperoni for 3 minutes. Scoop them out and transfer to a bowl.
- Heat the remaining cooking oil in the wok. Stir fry the carrot, bell pepper, snap peas, and cabbage with generous pinches of salt and pepper just until softened, about 15 seconds.
- Add the sliced shallot and remaining garlic to the vegetables in the wok and stir fry for another 15 seconds.
- Scoop out and spread on a plate to cool them to stop the cooking immediately. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the sauce and pour it into the wok.
- Cook, stirring often, until thickened and no longer cloudy in appearance. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look too thick. It shouldn’t be. Slightly thickened is the ideal texture — just thick enough to coat the noodles but not make them stick together as they cool.
- Taste the sauce. Add salt and pepper, if needed (you may need to if your broth is unseasoned or underseasoned).
- Add the noodles, cooked pork, and vegetables to the sauce and toss thoroughly. Combine for minutes.
Impress your family and friends when they come over with these matcha-infused recipes, whether they’re non-matcha or matcha lovers, they will for sure ask you for the recipe so they can remake them when they’re craving for pancit or puto. Share this post to your loved ones so they do not have to keep on asking you the recipe.
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