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?
- 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
- ⅛ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 5 cups water
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- 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.
- Heat a cooking pot and pour-in oil.
- When the oil is hot enough, sauté the garlic and remaining onions.
- Add the beef cube and fish sauce and cook for a minute.
- Pour-in water and let boil.
- 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.
- Add the patola (loofah) and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Put-in the misua and cook for 1 to 2 minutes while gently stirring.
- Turn off heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
- Serve hot. Share and enjoy!