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.