Palabok – Sauce from scratch!

Palabok is a garlic-shrimp noodle dish from the Philippines. Novices may find the orange sauce a bit daunting, but the taste is amazing!

I am not a HUGE fan of packet sauces, and I’ve always wanted to make palabok sauce from scratch. After a few attempts, here is an easy, quick (for Filipino food), and delicious recipe. Just a few ingredients (for a Filipino dish), and a couple of pots! It took me just one hour to make from start to finish, and the kids gobbled it up!



  • box of whole prawns, deveined with heads and shells on
  • flour
  • ground pork (about 1/2 lb)
  • extra firm tofu (half a block), diced
  • 3 heads of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 10 g annato or achuete powder (about 2 tbsp)


  • pancit bihon (or other vermicelli)
  • 3 hardboiled eggs
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • fried garlic
  • prawns (quick fried or blanched)
  • chicharon/pork rinds
  • lemon
  • optional: tinapa, mixed seafood


Please skim through the video for the steps!

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