Crab with Misua and Patola is a simple yet flavorful Filipino soup dish. This can be prepared using any type of edible crab, some Chinese vermicelli noodles (also called misua or miswa), and young loofah (or patola). The crab and fish sauce gives this dish its distinct taste.
I am using blue crabs for this recipe. If you will watch the video below, you will see that the crabs were already orange. I had them steamed right away when these were still fresh, so that I can freeze them and use them later on. It is still better to use fresh crabs for this recipe – I just did the steaming procedure because I purchased too many crabs and don’t want them to go to waste.
Aside from crab, you can also try using either of the following: meatballs, shrimp, or prawns. If using meatballs, I suggest that you add some beef or chicken broth to enhance the flavor of the dish; the recipe is the same if you decide to use shrimp or prawn.
Try this Crab with Misua and Patola recipe. Cheers!
- 4 pieces crabs (alimasag)
- 1 medium patola (loofah), peeled and sliced crosswise
- 4 ounces misua noodles
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped
- 4 to 5 cups water
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 5 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
- 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- Heat the cooking oil in a cooking pot.
- Saute the garlic and ginger.
- Add the onion. Cook until the onion becomes soft.
- Add-in the crabs. Pour-in the fish sauce and add water . Let it boil.
- Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle some ground black pepper and add the patola. Let the water reboil. Cook for 1 minute.
- Put-in the misua noodles. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the green onions. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve.
- Share and enjoy!