Fall has arrived and with it the craving for comfort foods like soup. Here in Texas, fall does not get really cold but there is still a shift into cooler climate. On this post, I have for you the Filipino Misua Noodles Soup with Pork Meatballs, the ultimate Filipino comfort food.
A Bit Of History
Misua or miswa is a very thin variety of salted wheat flour noodles. It originally came from Fujian China and was brought by Chinese immigrants to the Philippines. If you have read some of my posts before this, you will notice that Filipino foods are a fusion of Chinese, Spanish and Malay recipes.
Filipino cuisine was fusion cuisine before fusion became trendy. As proof, this dish is also called almondigas or albondigas which is a Spanish word for meatballs.
Traditionally, the Hokkien people where this noodle came from, ate this on their birthdays to signify their wish for a long life. Two eggs are traditionally added to the soup to symbolize perfection.
This soup is made with misua noodles cooked in broth with sauteed garlic and onion and some cubed vegetables. The usual vegetable in this soup is patola.
Patola is a green vegetable found in SouthEast Asia. The English word for it is luffa but it is also known as Chinese okra in Canada and the US. Instead of patola, I used chayote squash which is more readily available in grocery stores.
The pork meatballs are made separately and combined with the soup at the end. A slight variation in my recipe is the addition of quinoa grains in the meatballs to cut in half the ground pork that I used.
Misua Soup Meatballs Recipe:
Misua Soup Meatballs Recipe:
This Filipino soup is made with misua noodles cooked in broth with sauteed garlic and onion and some cubed vegetables. The usual vegetable in this soup is patola. Pork meatballs are made separately and added to the soup.
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 2 pc eggs beaten
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup quinoa cooked
- 1/2 package misua noodles 4 to 6 oz.
- 6 cups chicken broth and water
- 2 stalks green onion sliced thin
- 2 pcs chicken bouillon
- 1 pc medium onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 pcs chayote squash peeled and diced 1 in square
Preheat oven 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine ingredients for meatballs. Form into 1 tbsp size meatballs.
Bake meatballs in baking pan for 12 minutes. Set aside.
Saute garlic, onion until translucent.
Add chayote squash, chicken broth and water and let boil
Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add misua and meatballs and simmer for 5 minutes. It you have too many meatballs, save some on the side.
Serve with green onions on top.
How to Cook Quinoa
Wash 1 cup of quinoa by using a strainer.
Combine quinoa in a pot with 1 1/2 cups of water
Heat to boiling. Turn down heat to medium low, cover and simmer until water is absorbed, about 15 to 20 miinutes.
It's ok if you still see the grain at the center of the quinoa. Turn off the heat and it will continue cooking until done.
Misua noodles and quinoa can be purchased at the end of this post. Ground pork can be replaced with ground turkey or lean ground beef. Chayote squash can be replaced with zucchini or yellow squash.
How to Serve
This can be eaten with some rice but if you think the noodles and rice are too many carbs, you can eat this noodles soup by itself. It is a complete meal because of the protein from the pork and the quinoa and it also has the chayote squash to fulfill your vegetable serving requirements.
To add variety, you can add carrots or mushrooms to this soup.
I usually sprinkle ground pepper liberally before eating this. If that is not spicy enough for you, you can add pepper flakes before eating.
Health Benefits of Misua Noodles Soup
Chayote contains no cholesterol and fats and is good for controlling bad cholesterol levels. It is also good for weight loss, a rich source of fiber, antioxidants and Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C. It is similar to butternut squash or pumpkin in texture and taste.
Pregnant women can benefit from its high levels of folate. It has anti-aging and anti-cancer properties.
Quinoa is one of the superfoods. It is gluten-free, nigh in protein and contain all the 9 essential amino acids. It is high in fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, iron, potassium, calcium and many more nutrients.
Quinoa has high levels of flavonoids which are anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-depressant. It is a good substitute for bread, pasta and rice.
It is good for lowering blood pressure and also good for blood sugar control. Because of its high protein content, it is an essential part of a plant-base diet.
With all the benefits of quinoa, it is a perfect substitute for rice in the Filipino diet. However, it is not readily available in the Philippines. Even here in the US, the price of quinoa has gone up because of demand.
Currently it is mostly grown in South America (Peru and Bolivia) but I am guessing North American farmers are already working on growing it here.
Other easy ways to serve quinoa:
- make it into a salad with mangoes, tomatoes, cilantro and shallots.
- add it to an omelette together with spinach. see recipe: Filipino Fritatta
- quinoa fried rice. See video here
What do You Think?
I hope you like this Misua Soup recipe. Aside from the misua, all the ingredients are easy to get. I think it is also easy to prepare and good to serve on cold or wet days of fall and winter.
The misua noodles can be purchased from an Asian store or online. It is very fragile so be careful taking it out of the package.
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Kain Na! (Let’s Eat).