Sunday, December 28, 2008

Loofah Soup (Patola na may Miswa)

Long before loofah became a “beauty product” I’ve always know it as a vegetable. Before it was marketed as a “natural exfoliating scrub” I was consuming it as a soup with some curious noodles called miswa (Extra Thin Flour Vermicelli).

With all the rich food that came with Christmas having this soup is a welcome break. It is light and leaves you feeling quite refreshed. Loofah is a type of melon after all.

I wasn’t really planning on writing a post about this dish that is why I intentionally did not take a photo of the fresh loofah. I have already peeled and sliced my loofah before I realised that some people might actually find this interesting. I found some photos in a blog called Wandering Chopsticks.

Loofah Soup (Patola na may Miswa)

2-3 cloves garlic chopped
1 medium onion chopped
Mince meat of your choice or dried shrimps
1 fresh loofah sliced
1 bunch miswa (Extra thin flour vermicelli)
4-5 cups Water or stock
Fish sauce or sea salt
A bit of black pepper

1. If you are using dried shrimps make sure it is soaked in warm water for about an hour. If you are using meat heat up some oil in a pot and stir fry the minced meat until cooked. Set it aside.
2. Add a bit more oil in the pot if needed. Fry the garlic until golden brown.
3. Add the onions and cook until translucent.
4. Add the meat back in or the re-hydrated shrimps.
5. Add the sliced fresh loofah and stir fry.
6. Add some of the fish sauce/sea salt.
7. Add the stock/water and bring to a boil.
8. Adjust the taste.
9. Add the miswa noodles. Simmer for about five minutes.
10. Serve hot on its own or with some freshly cooked jasmine rice.


Dom's said...

hmmm... saraaaap! I miss this.

kidpawan said...

we're quite blessed that we have access to vegetables like this. I'm sure you can get them somewhere in Northbridge siguro

Edik said...

hahahaha natawa ako sa title. i was imagining my bath accessory being used in your soup.

kidpawan said...

hehehehe... it is exactly your bath accessory... fresher nga lang..

Junneth said...

hello! I link this post to my loofah flower and plant feature story! Following you! follow back!

The Beancounter said...

thanks for dropping by junneth...and thanks for the link!