Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  305
  • Protein  17 g
  • Carbohydrates  39 g
  • Fat  9 g
  • Cholesterol  135 mg
  • Sodium  536 mg
  • Potassium  243 mg
  • Phosphorus  180 mg
  • Calcium  80 mg
  • Fiber  0.7 g


Generally, Filipino foods can be high in sodium, potassium and phosphorus, however, DaVita dialysis dietitians have modified the recipes to make them more kidney-friendly. Try Palabok and discover the uniqueness of northern California.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe created by DaVita patient, Bonifacia, and submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Jennifer H. from California.

Portions: 15     Serving size: 1 cup


    • 12 ounce package rice sticks
    • 2 tablespoons garlic
    • 1 cup onion
    • 1 spring onion
    • 3 tablespoons canola oil
    • 1 pound ground turkey
    • 2 cups firm tofu
    • 1-1/2 cups shrimp
    • 3 cups water
    • 2 packs of palabok shrimp gravy mix
    • 1/2 cup chicharon
    • 5 boiled eggs
    • 1 lemon


    1. Boil rice sticks until soft, set aside.
    2. Mince garlic and chop onions. Cut tofu into cubes.
    3. Boil and peel shrimp.  
    4. In a wok, sauté garlic and onion with oil; add ground chicken, tofu and shrimp.
    5. Dissolve palabok mix in water and bring to a boil; stir until thick.
    6. Mix together rice sticks, meat and tofu mixture and palabok mix in a large bowl with 1/2-cup crushed chicharon (pork rind).
    7. Thinly slice eggs and lemons.
    8. To serve place palabok in serving dish and garnish with the egg and lemon slices on top

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 2-1/2 starch

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Ingredient definitions:
      • Rice sticks are noodles made from rice flour. Look for this product in an Asian market or substitute vermicelli.
      • Palabok mix is a dried shrimp gravy mix. Limit the amount of palabok mix to reduce the sodium content.
      • Chicharones are fried pork rinds.
    • All of the above items are high in sodium. Look for the lowest sodium brands. Due to the high sodium content of this recipe, limit portion to 1 cup and limit sodium intake from foods at other meals.
    • Use fewer eggs to reduce cholesterol and fat content.

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lizziet54 says:


the palabok mix has msg do you have a recipe for the palabox without using a mix? Dietitian comment: No we do not have a palabox recipe but if you come across one please send for us to [INVALID]uate.

Oct. 31, 2014, 3:03 AM - Inappropriate review?




This tastes as good as it does at a Filipino restaurant ~ takes some time to make, but totally worth it!

May. 14, 2008, 1:50 PM - Inappropriate review?

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