Misua is a variety of Chinese noodles made from wheat flour. It is similar to Japanese somen noodles. So if you cannot find misua noodles in your local Asian store, you may use somen noodles instead. Misua, in Chinese culture, signifies long life, hence it is commonly served during birthdays. This recipe of misua soup with ground pork is a comfort food for me. My mom often cooked this soup for me and my siblings when we were growing up. She would normally add patola or sponge gourd to this soup to make it a complete and balanced meal. This simple misua soup (without the patola) was served to us during my recent visit to the Philippines. I was not feeling well that time and this soup was all I ate. It was a comforting and satisfying meal. I enjoyed it so much; I decided to make it here at home. In fact, I already made it twice since I came back a month and a half ago. It is simple, easy to make and satisfyingly good. Enjoy!
Misua Soup with Ground Pork
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1/2 lb lean ground pork
- 1 tbsp fish sauce or 1 tsp salt
- 6 cups chicken broth (I used homemade broth, see notes below for recipe)
- 2 oz misua noodles or Japanese somen noodles
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chopped green onion for garnish
- In a skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion; sauté for 2-3 minutes or until onion has softened.
- Add ground pork and sauté for 3 minutes or until pork is no longer pink. Add fish sauce (or salt) and stir to combine.
- Add broth and bring to a boil. Stir in misua and cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
- Serve immediately, garnish with green onions.