05 Aug2013


Thrilled with my first foray into Chinese clay pot cooking, I went back into the kitchen a few hours later ostensibly to cook some “merienda”for the crew… The commissary was a abuzz with pre-Ironman preparations, so there were lots of ingredients and dishes being prepped. I swiped a whole slow-roasted onion and a slow-roasted head of garlic, a cup or so of steamed and peeled crab meat, more sotanghon or mung bean vermicelli noodles, and some green onions. Place your clay pot over medium high heat and add some vegetable oil, or a touch of chicharon oil or lard. Roughly chop up your slow-roasted onions and garlic (squeezed out of their skins) and add this to the clay pot. Add the crab meat (1 cup was a bit too abundant, you can lessen this a bit) and saute for a minute or two, add some hoisin sauce, a touch of kikkoman soy sauce and a cup or more of crab stock if you have it (chicken broth or water would work as well). Throw in some chopped green onions and some black pepper and stir. Wait for this to come to a boil around the edges of the clay pot.


Add the sotanghon or mung bean vermicelli, and try to submerge the noodles in the bubbling liquid. Cover for a minute or so and take off the cover and cut the noodles into more manageable lengths with some kitchen shears. Three cuts per noodle bundle is sufficient. Stir and cover for another minute or so. You may wish to adjust your liquid/water/crab stock if necessary. Turn off the heat and serve hot. Make sure not to overcook the noodles or they may get gloopy. For many folks in the office, this tasted even better than the lechon sisig version. You don’t need that much crab for the dish, but it seems so luxurious since the crab meat is all naked and scrumptious. :)



  1. millet says:

    “all naked and scrumptious” need not apply to crabmeat only, no? kidding aside, this is how i like my sotanghon crab..all crab and no shells. wish merienda were like this everyday!

    Aug 5, 2013 | 9:50 am


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  3. Clarissa says:

    I always believed that sotanghon is mung bean noodles, while bihon is the rice stick/noodles. so they’re really not interchangeable. :)

    Aug 5, 2013 | 10:38 am

  4. Toping says:

    I have to agree with Clarissa. Sotanghon is mung bean noodles, not rice.

    Aug 5, 2013 | 1:48 pm

  5. Monique says:

    Interesting! I always thought Sotanghon was a rice noodle!

    Aug 5, 2013 | 2:14 pm

  6. Marketman says:

    Toping and Clarissa, you are ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. Mung bean is correct, I keep messing that up, even on my post on sotanghon, where someone else pointed that out. Good sotanghon is mung bean ONLY, though most have other starches mixed in. Will edit. Thank you for pointing this out again! :)

    Aug 5, 2013 | 3:35 pm

  7. Lou says:

    You cut the sotanghon after you’ve put it in the pot? Isn’t that a little bit messy? I normally would soak the noodles briefly in water and cut them to desired length before I add it to the broth. That’s easier to manage.

    Aug 6, 2013 | 4:19 am

  8. Marketman says:

    Lou, soaking noodles, especially the not so good quality ones, can result in overcooking or gloopiness. So yes, I just reach down straight with shears and make a couple of quick cuts, then wash the shears. :)

    Aug 6, 2013 | 9:56 am

  9. terrey says:

    we were at the escario branch last July, i didn’t see any sotanghon on the menu. though that day was raining, zubuchon was still bustling with customers. my hubby knows one of your servers – though they call each other on first-name basis (we are practically neighbors), he addressed my hubby as “Sir.” my hubs found it very amusing. one thing i didn’t like though, i had to cross to the other side to use the toilet and like i said it was raining that day. besides that, everything else was a wonderful lunch experience. will try again other dishes come Dec-January when we have to be home again for Christmas and Sinulog!

    Aug 6, 2013 | 1:29 pm

  10. Marketman says:

    hi terrey, we do have a sotanghon pancit on the menu, but not this particular dish in the post above. I am sure the server was just being polite, or properly trained. :) As for the bathroom, I agree with your sentiments, but the space wasn’t really outfitted with sewage outlets, hence the need to go to common bathrooms across the way. Next time, if you let a server know, we do have umbrellas for guests to use to make the brief walk less damp if raining. But thanks for visiting us, and we look forward to seeing you again around Sinulog!

    Aug 7, 2013 | 7:43 pm

  11. marjorie says:

    it is okay to soak the noodles, brothers and sisters but don’t over soak 10 to 12 minutes is fine

    Aug 28, 2013 | 1:34 pm


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