Almondigas Recipe

Almondigas is a soup dish that has two main ingredients: meatballs and patola (this is also known as loofa of Chinese okra). I’m not sure where exactly this dish originated but it sure reminds me of a similar Spanish dish called Albondigas.I used to call this dish Misua and Patola soup not until my high school days. I have several foodie friends back in those days and we always share ideas related to food and cooking. During that time, I also help my mom cook for her catering business.I love simple dishes and this is one of the humble dishes that I always crave for. Whenever I eat this dish, I often picture my childhood days in my mind wherein I am enjoying this dish with my family on a rainy day. Quite nostalgic, isn’t it?

Do you also sometimes experience the same feeling when you eat a certain food? How about sharing your story?

Almondigas or Albondigas Recipe

Almondigas or Albondigas Recipe


  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 medium sized patola (loofa or Chinese Okra), sliced
  • 4 ounces misua
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 piece raw egg
  • 1 piece beef cube
  • 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, half of the onion, raw egg, salt, ground black pepper, and flour. Mix thoroughly until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Set aside.
  2. Heat a cooking pot and pour-in oil.
  3. When the oil is hot enough, sauté the garlic and remaining onions.
  4. Add the beef cube and fish sauce and cook for a minute.
  5. Pour-in water and let boil.
  6. Scoop about a tablespoon of the meat mixture and form it into a ball shape figure then drop in the boiling one after the other. Cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Add the patola (loofa) and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Put-in the misua and cook for 1 to 2 minutes while gently stirring.
  9. Turn off heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
  10. Serve hot. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 6


  1. shirley says

    my mom used to cook this for me .. now i miss my mom and her cooking … i haven’t had this for a very long time since my mom passed away

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