Sardines with Misua and Patola is a delicate noodle soup dish prepared by sauteing garlic and onions together with sardines, luffa and flour vermicelli.
Sardines is a popular food item in the Philippines specially during my childhood, it is cheap, can be bought everywhere and delicious, it was a common dish served by less affluent families. I remember I kept on saying to my colleagues how poor some Filipinos are, I told them a can of sardines can feed a family back home and I did even experience that, we also told my colleagues that if you have a can for yourself it would be your birthday, hence when she saw me once eating sardines for lunch, she asked me whether it was my birthday.
Sardines can even be extending where it can be used as a flavouring to vegetables, soups or even used as a sandwich spread on pandesal. Today we will be posting a recipe that uses it on a noodle soup, a nice simple soup dish where sardines are sautéed with garlic and onions, cooked with flour vermicelli and water, and if you have spare change patola can be added. A dish that you can eat on its own or with rice, this was one of the frugal dishes we serve on a regular basis when I was young, I will never get tired of this one.