Recipe for Lomi (A Comforting Philippine Egg Noodle Dish)
When Filipinos find themselves chilly during the Philippines’ fierce typhoons, many of them find comfort in a bowl of warm, savory, and thick lomi, an egg noodle dish that is part of a complex Philippine family of pancit.
Recipe for Lomi
Can’t wait to make your own bowl of lomi? Why not try this recipe?
- 1 1/2 cups cabbage, chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1/2 cup chicken and/or pork, sliced
- 1/2 cup fried chicken balls, halved
- 1/4 cup cooking oil
- 1/4 cup cornstarch, dissolved in water measuring about 1/2 cup
- 2 eggs, raw and beaten
- 4 cloves garlic, pounded
- Granulated seasonings
- 1/2 cup kikiam, fried and sliced
- Liquid seasonings
- 1 cup kilogram lomi noodles
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup cooked shrimp, shelled
- In a pan set over medium heat, sauté garlic and onion until onion is clear and garlic is slightly brown.
- Add in chicken and/or pork.
- Add in shrimp.
- Stir fry for about three minutes.
- Pour in water.
- Simmer until water has dissolved. This should take at least five minutes.
- Pour in broth.
- Allow to boil. This should take at least ten minutes.
- Dip noodles in the broth.
- Add in carrot and cabbage.
- Again, simmer for about three minutes.
- Add in cornstarch.
- Sprinkle the seasonings.
- Place eggs.
- Stir everything.
- Serve immediately in bowls.
That’s it! Your Philippine lomi is ready. Eat it while steaming hot and with calamansi, soy sauce, and chili sauce.
Where to Buy Lomi
Lomi has become such a widely appealing comfort food that many eateries or food stalls in the Philippines have sprung up to offer this dish all year round and not just during the rainy season.
Thus, all across the country, we can see lomihan or eateries that serve this dish.
It is also served in panciteria or eateries that serve many kinds of pancit; carinderia or eateries that sell foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; fast-food restaurants; and Filipino-style restaurants.
What to Expect
As there are many lomihan, panciteria, carinderia, fast-food restaurants, and Pinoy restaurants in the Philippines, it is quite expected that recipes vary from eatery to eatery and from region to region.
Basically, however, this soup is a bowl of soft lomi or egg noodles, warm and gooey soup, a medley of vegetables, slivers of meat, meatballs, and slices of kikiam.
How to Eat It
- Lomi is one dish that is best eaten while steaming hot.
- To eat it, just scoop a spoonful of goodness and blow until it is a little cool for the tongue.
- To spice up the dish even more, pinch calamansi and soy sauce onto it before eating.
- As for the meatballs and kikiam, it is best to dip them into chili sauce, which will surely make them pleasantly pungent.
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