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Patola Misua Soup

Soups are often served as starter for main meals when dining in a posh restaurant but for the underprivileged Filipino family, soup can already be the main meal.

One of the least expensive ways of making a soup is misua soup. It is one of the most popular soups among Pinoys. It can be prepared with vegetable or meat balls. For a healthy treat, patola misua soup is best. It’s simple and quick to prepare.

Misua (or miswa) is made of wheat flour and one of the varieties of Chinese noodles. It is very fine and brittle.

Patola comes from the family of gourd vegetables. It is commonly known in English as ridged gourd or loofah. This vegetable is rich in fiber and a good source of calcium, iron and phosphorus. It can be easily found in any major supermarkets in Abu Dhabi when in season or during summer months.

Here’s the recipe for my Patola Misua Soup.

1/2 small pack Misua
3 large pieces Patola, peeled and sliced crosswise at ½ inch size
1 large onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
Fish sauce
Vegetable stock or water

Cooking Instructions:
Heat oil in a casserole. Sauté garlic and onion. Add fish sauce and stir for 5 seconds. Add water or vegetable stock and let it boil. Add sliced patola and cook until it turns bright green. Add misua noodles. Stir constantly until misua is cooked (which will take only about 2 minutes or even less).

Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes or less
Serving size: 5

Useful Info:
Misua makes the soup very thick when it is cooked so consider using a lesser quantity only to enjoy the soup more.

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