Sardines with Misua
I know you have seen a lot of fancy Filipino dishes in this blog but once in a while I post down to earth dishes like this, it’s one of the common dishes we serve in our dining tables when the budget is quite tight, I even remember I ate a lot of this when I was young and I miss it. Sardines, flour vermicelli, onions, garlic and some vegetables you grow in your garden can feed a family of four complete with rice for less than a $1.00 at today’s rate, but when I was young I remember you can buy all of them in less than half of that amount.
It’s a quick and easy dish and perfect for those struggling with their finances, the sardines provides the flavour and the vegetables plus the noodles acts an extender making the dish greater in volume effectively feeding more. Back home it’s not consumed just like this but rice is paired with it like any other viands that we had. I also remember back home they make things saltier than normal (which also explains Filipinos preference to salty dishes) so you consume just small amount of dishes like this with large amounts of rice, again another strategy to extend the dish further.
I know in other cultures there are dishes something similar to this where its purpose is to feed more due to budget constraint, like congee from Chinese, Goettafrom the German – American cuisine and Polenta from the Italians to name some. How about you do you have recipes similar to this?
- 1 small can sardines in tomato sauce
- 50 grams misua (flour vermicelli)
- 1 bunch vegetable greens, trimmed and chopped
- 2 cups water
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- fish sauce
- freshly ground black pepper
- In a pot add oil then sauté garlic and onion.
- Add sardines and water, bring it to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Add the misua and vegetable greens, simmer for 3 minutes.
- Season with fish sauce and freshly ground black pepper.
- Serve while hot.