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Sardines with Misua and Patola: A Classic Filipino Comfort Noodle Soup

The wonders of Filipino cuisine are endless, teeming with unique flavors and hearty dishes that are an integral part of the country’s culture. Today, we delve into one of those dishes – the Sardines with Misua and Patola soup, a dish that promises a symphony of flavors in every spoonful.

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A Quintessential Filipino Dish

The Sardines with Misua and Patola recipe is a classic dish many relish, especially during the cold rainy season or amid a typhoon. Imagine enjoying a warm bowl of this soup while the rain pours outside – there’s indescribable comfort to it. Even on ordinary days, this quick and easy Filipino recipe brings a sense of home to every meal.

What is Misua?

Misua, a crucial ingredient in our recipe, is thin flour noodles often found in Filipino soup dishes. These noodles absorb a lot of liquid; hence when making Misua soup, ensure it is saucier than desired as it thickens when cooled.

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Somen Noodles: A Viable Alternative

Somen noodles, known as Somyeon in Korean cuisine, are thin wheat flour noodles similar to Misua in size and texture. They’re commonly used in both hot and cold dishes in Japanese and Korean cuisine.

While Misua noodles absorb a lot of liquid and tend to soften the soup’s consistency, Somen noodles retain their shape better and impact the soup’s consistency less. Although Somen has a slightly distinct flavor compared to Misua, the difference often goes unnoticed in flavorful soups such as Sardines with Misua and Patola.

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An Ode to Sardines

Not just sardines but canned sardines in tomato sauce play a starring role in our recipe. The tomato sauce lends a tangy flavor profile to the dish, enhancing its overall taste. If you prefer a twist, Spanish-style sardines could be used, but they may change the traditional taste slightly.

Can’t Get Enough Of Misua?

If you can’t get enough of Misua, try our Misua soup with meatballs. It’s another delightful version of Misua that you’ll surely love! Visit the recipe here: Misua Soup with Meatballs

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A Final Tip

Remember, this dish is not just a soup; it’s a testament to Filipino heritage. So, the next time you find yourself in the throes of a typhoon, or you’re just craving a comforting, easy-to-prepare dish, remember Sardines with Misua and Patola. Enjoy the process and the result. After all, food tastes best when made with love!


Sardines with Misua and Patola

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Course: SoupsCuisine: FilipinoDifficulty: Easy


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Savor the traditional Filipino comfort food – Sardines with Misua and Patola Soup. It’s an easy-to-make, flavorful noodle soup made with canned sardines in tomato sauce, misua noodles, and patola.

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  • 150 grams 150 Misua or Somen (Somyeon) Noodles

  • 2 cans 2 (155g each) Sardines in Tomato Sauce (Spicy)

  • 80 grams 80 Patola (Luffa)

  • 2 cups 2 Malunggay Leaves

  • 1 medium 1 Red Onion

  • 5 cloves 5 Garlic

  • 1 medium 1 Tomato

  • 6 cups 6 Water

  • 1 1/2 tsp 1 1/2 Chili Flakes

  • 1 tbsp 1 Cooking Oil

  • Salt and Pepper to Taste


  • Start by sautéing the finely chopped onions, garlic, and tomatoes in cooking oil until they become fragrant.
  • Add the canned sardines and sauté them until they are thoroughly heated.
  • Add water to the sautéed mixture and let it simmer.
  • Once simmering, add the Misua noodles. Keep stirring occasionally to prevent the noodles from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • After the Misua noodles have cooked, add the Patola (Luffa). Let the soup simmer until the Patola is cooked to your preferred level of tenderness.
  • Finally, add the malunggay leaves and let the soup simmer for another couple of minutes.
  • And voilà, your Sardines with Misua and Patola is ready to be served hot! You can enjoy it with steamed white rice or even have it on its own.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I substitute the Sardines with another protein?

    You can substitute sardines with meatballs to create a different flavor profile.

  • What can I do if I don’t have Patola?

    You can omit or replace it with vegetables such as Upo or Ampalaya.

  • Can I use sardines packed in oil?

    Yes, you can. Just remember to add some tomato sauce to maintain the flavor profile.

  • Can I add more spices to this recipe?

    Absolutely! Adding chili peppers or hot sauce can give the dish a kick of spice.

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