Cheap meal does not mean it can’t be delicious, try this one if you are not convinced. Odong is a simple hearty Filipino noodle soup dish made with odong noodles and a can of sardines eaten with rice.
This one is quite hard to make overseas unless you know someone who just came from the Philippines who have odong noodles as a pasalubong. I guess there are possible alternatives for the noodles, but it won’t be the same texture. The nearest noodle you can use is Okinawa soba as they have the same texture and taste. While name and texture are nearly similar, this Filipino noodle is sold dry like a pasta and not like the soba which is sold fresh. The name was derived from the Japanese udon as they were previously originally manufactured by Okinawans. It is believed to be introduced by the Japanese workers who assisted in building Kennon Road in Baguio City, but after the completing the road these Japanese men moved to Davao to work in abaca plantations and that’s how it got introduced to the region.
A popular dish in the Visayas and Mindanao Region of the Philippines where Odong noodles are abundant. Unlike other noodles this one is solely used on this dish, I might be wrong, but I never had encountered any dish that uses this. It is one of our popular budget meals as even the budget constrained can afford to make this at home, all you need is the noodles, a can of sardines and water, off course don’t the staple Filipino garlic and onions as they add a nice flavour to the dish.