Sardines with Misua and Patola or simply — Misua Soup — is a regular soup dish made from thin flour noodles, sardines, and luffa. The thin flour noodles are known as misua in the Philippines. The sardines refer to canned sardines in tomato sauce, while luffa is a type of vegetable; it is known as Patola in Filipino.
I am featuring this recipe because I grew-up enjoying this dish. It is simple and very quick and easy to prepare. I remember having this dish in the Philippines every rainy season or when there is a typhoon — and the power is down. Brown-outs happen most of the time back then — when it is raining hard or during typhoon season. I’m not sure if this is still the case right now in Manila, though. Anyway, I think that my mom chooses to cook Misua with Sardines and Patola (and fried tuyo too) because it is done once the water starts to boil – literally speaking. Then we can have a quick lunch or dinner (depending on the time of day) and go back to what we are doing which is to place an empty pail under leaking parts of the ceiling, or to monitor the rise of water from the nearby creek and get ourselves ready for a possible flood. We were always thankful because our place never got flooded. You know what; I really enjoy eating when it’s raining crazy. It seems like heavy rain and the cold breeze (or strong wind) combined improves my appetite. Can any of you relate to that?
Going back to this Sardines with Misua and Patola Recipe, you can use either the hot (red can) or the regular (green can) sardines, as long as it is tomato sauce based. I don’t think that Spanish style sardines will work well for this recipe, and beside it costs more than the tomato sauce based sardines. If you want to have Spanish style sardines, I suggest that you enjoy it as it is – take it out of the can or bottle and eat it with warm rice or with bread.
I like to eat Sardines with Misua and Patola with warm steamed white rice. It also works best for me to eat it with spicy patis (fish sauce). Aside from this recipe, you can also do a simpler version by removing the patola, which will be this Sardines with Misua Recipe. You can also replace the sardines with meatballs to transform it to a dish called almondigas.
Try this simple Sardines with Misua and Patola Recipe.
- 4 ounces Misua noodles
- 15 ounce canned sardines in tomato sauce
- 1 medium patola (luffa) peeled and sliced
- ½ cup chopped green onions
- ½ to 1 head garlic, crushed
- 1 medium onion, diced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- 4 to 5 cups water
- Heat the cooking oil in a soup pot.
- Saute the garlic until medium brown.
- Add-in the onion. Continue to saute until the texture becomes soft.
- Pour-in the sardines in tomato sauce. Stir.Cook for a 2 minutes.
- Put-in the patola and cook for 1 minute.
- Pour-in the water. Let boil. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add-in the misua. Gently stir. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Put-in the green onions.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve.
- Share and enjoy!