Pork Meatball Soup with Rice Vermicelli Noodle and Sponge Gourd


This recipe I borrowed from Vanjo Merano. He is a Filipino resident in Chicago, USA. He is the founder of the blog “Panlasang Pinoy” Here you will
find many delicious and simple Philippine recipes. Some of the ingredients may be a little difficult for us to find, at least here in Scandinavia where I live.

I am married to a beautiful Philippine lady and am accustomed to Filipino food. My favorite is Adobo, a dish that you can make out of meat, pork, and chicken or mixed pork and chicken.

Pork meatball soup with, Rice Vermicelli Noodles, and Sponge Gourd is a simple yet delicious soup. A Filipino soup that you can prepare for your family on any given day. This is also known as almondigas.

The soup is composed of pork meatballs.

The green circular slices of vegetable called Patola in Filipino. It`s known as Luffa. This soup dish also makes use of thin flour noodles known as Misua ( Rice Vermicelli Noodle.) The noodles are sometimes referred to as Chinese Vermicelli.

For those of you who are trying to learn how to cook, this recipe is something that you should consider. It is simple, easy-to-make, and the result is something that you will be proud of. Happy Cooking!

Pork Meatball Soup with





Try this Pork Bola Bola Soup with Misua and Patola Recipe. and let him know what you think.

Course: Pork    Cuisine: Filipino

Prep Time: 10 minutes   Cook Time: 40 minutes   Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings:                     Author: Vanjo Merano

Soup Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces misua  ( Rice Vermicelli Noodle )
  • 1 Knorr Pork cube
  • 1 medium patola sliced  ( Sponge Gourd )
  • ½ cup chopped scallion
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 medium yellow onion minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons patis fish sauce
  • 6 to 8 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

Meatball ingredients:
1 lb. ground pork
1 egg
1 medium yellow onion minced
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Prepare the meatballs by combining all meatball ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Scoop 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture and form into a ball. Perform this step until the mixture is completely consumed. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a cooking pot. Once the oil becomes hot, pan-fry the meatballs until the outer part turns light brown. Note: the meatballs do not need to be cooked completely at this point.
  3. Remove the meatballs from the pot. Set aside.
  4. Using the remaining oil, saute garlic until golden brown. Add onion. Continue to cook until the onion softens.
  5. Pour water. Let boil. Add the pan-fried meatballs back.
  6. Add Knorr Pork Cube. Stir. Cover the pot and cook in medium heat for 15 minutes.
  7. Add misua and patola. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Season with patis and ground black pepper. Stir.
  9. Add scallions. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  10. Serve. Share and enjoy!

Watch the Video on How to Cook Pork Bola Bola Soup with Misua
In the Filipino language.
Pork Bola Bola Soup with Misua and Patola Recipe

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Chicken Stew with Carrots and Sweet Chili

This chicken stew with carrot dish is quite simple to make, but it takes some time.

This is also a dish that can be cooked as a soup. Just add a little more bullion and taste with salt and pepper, then the soup is ready.

I have borrowed the basic recipe from matpaabordet.no. But I have replaced some of the ingredients.


Chicken Stew with Carrot


  • 1,3 lb  (600g) chicken thighs filet or breast

  • 1 Onion finely chopped

  • 3 Carrots in cubes

  • 3 Stalk Celery in cubes

  • 3 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped

  • 0,4lb (200g) Barley Groats

  • 2 Bouillon Broth

  • 4,2 cup (US) (3,5 cup UK) (1L) Water

  • 3 tbsp Tarragon  (Estragon)

  • 1-2 tbsp Sweet Chili

  • Oil or butter for frying

  • Salt and Pepper, your taste

Sprinkle the tarragon over the chicken fillets on both sides. They may like to lie with tarragon while preparing the vegetables before they are fried.


Prepare the vegetables, carrots and stalk celery cut in cubes.

Onion and garlic chopped.
Rinse Barley Groats in water.

Heat a frying pan and add some oil, margarine or butter.

Fry the chicken on low heat 7-12 minutes on each side, this depends a little on your oven.
The target is a little color on the chicken and it is pierced. It also becomes easier to shred. Remove the chicken from the frying pan and put on a dish.

Add the carrots, stalk celery, and onion into the frying pan and fry until the onion is soft. Add garlic and fry for a few more minutes.

Transfer the vegetable mixture to a casserole.

Shred the fried chicken into strips and put it in the casserole with the vegetables.
Add the barley groats, the chicken broth, and 1 tbsp sweet chili to the casserole.

Put it all on the stove, cook it, and let simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the barley groats finished.
Taste with salt and pepper.
Decorate with a roughly chopped parsley before serving.

If you do not serve the food right away, you will notice that the barley groats swells a little.
Add more chicken broth and taste with salt and pepper if that happens.

The food is well suited for freezing.

Enjoy your dinner 😃👍


Chicken Stew with Carrot and Chili ready to eat



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This recipe I found with the blog: matpaabordet.no
The links I will give you are to that blog where you will find the recipe in Norwegian.
On the site, there is a translation button where you can chance between Norwegian and English.

Enjoy this delicious soup.

Homemade cauliflower soup







The words below are written by the blogger:

Do you know what is most difficult of writing a post to the blog? It is to find the name of the title!

Here I stand and cooking, have an idea in the head that I need to grill all vegetables before I make soup of them. That there should be a little spicy, but round taste. (Here comes the coconut milk in) and that I should ‘pimp’ it with my favorite herb (cilantro). A little lime juice and for the image’s sake some slices of red chili.
You see I think about how the dish should taste and how it should look like. But what to name it, no, I think initially when I’ll write the post here on the blog.

The title gives himself often, but in this case, I want to tell you all in the title – in a few words. I landed on cauliflower soup with coconut milk, chili, and ginger. Hope that you would understand that it was about a spicy cauliflower soup with Asian touches. Maybe it either should have been titled. Yes, yes, you have better ideas for the title, I’m open to
suggestions, it’s just to come with them.

The idea of the soup was that it was easy to make and at the same time a little exciting.
All the vegetables plus garlic, ginger and chili are cooked in the oven. That’s the first time I cook ginger in the oven.
It tastes as intense, but somewhat rounder than when fresh, so do not underestimate it.
I kept the chili and ginger back and added them a little at a time to check how strong the soup would be.
I recommend that you do too, so you get exactly the strength you like best.


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 3 carrots
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion
  • about. 3 cm ginger, peeled
  • 1 red chili split lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or canola oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 can of a 400ml  ( 1,7 cups US ) coconut milk
  • 800ml  ( 3,4 cups US ) vegetable stock or – bouillon or chicken stock.
  • Salt

For Serving:

  • lime juice
  • fresh coriander
  • chili, sliced


Cut the cauliflower head and the stem into larger pieces. Wash the carrots and cut them in two lengthwise and then in larger pieces. Peel the loaf and slices into larger pieces. Cut the ginger into slices, approx. 1/4 an inch thick.

Add cauliflower, carrots, onions, garlic cloves, ginger, and chili in a large refractory form. The vegetables should be in a layer. Pour over the olive oil and sprinkle turmeric over. Mix well and put in preheated oven 200°C. ( 392°F ) Fry for 30 minutes.
Then they should look like this

If you want to decorate the soup with a little cauliflower, pick some nice cauliflower now and set aside.

Boil the coconut milk together with the vegetable stock while the vegetables are frying.

Squeeze garlic out of the skin and hold chili and ginger back. Have
the garlic and vegetables in the soup and run smoothly with a rod mixer.

Add ginger and chili a bit at a time. Use the rod mixer to mix it in and taste your way to the desired strength. I used everything and have had a delicious soup with good heat as an aftertaste. Season with salt.

Serve the soup in bowls garnished with coriander and chili. Squeeze a little lime juice over the soup.

Naan bread is well suited to whether you want to have some accessories.

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Pork Knuckles and Sauerkraut

Pork knuckles and sauerkraut is a typical German dish that tastes amazing. It takes some time to make it, but it’s worth it. An almost self-made dish. Does not need much work with this dish. If you do not make homemade sauerkraut. Then there will be some more work, but what tastes better than German sauerkraut for this dish.

Roasted Pork Knuckle Leg







Portions: 4             Time: 3.5 – 4 hours         Difficulty: Easy


  • 4 pcs. Lightly salted smoked pork chops
  • Water

How to Do It:

• Place the knuckles in boiling unsalted water. The size of the casserole should fit the knuckles. Fill water until it covers the knuckles.

• Turn the temperature down to approx. 80 °- 85 ° C water temperature, cooking time approx. 3 hours.

• At the end of the cooking time, preheat the oven to 225 ° C

• Take the knuckles and place them on a grid over a long pan. Fry for approx. 30 minutes until the bones are golden and the skin is crispy. Use hot air or the grill element the last few minutes.

Served with pre-cooked sauerkraut, or homemade sauerkraut, potatoes, some of the sauce and mustard.

Recommended: Homemade sauerkraut.

Recipe for Sauerkraut:

The ingredients in this recipe are a recommendation as it contains vinegar. Not everybody likes so much vinegar, so everybody should make it according to their taste.


  • 2/3 Cabbage head
  • 1 Large onion
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons Bacon fat or butter.
  • 3 dl Broth or knuckles boiling sauce.
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 4 Juniper
  • 5 Cloves
  • 1.5 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 4 – 5 tablespoons Vinegar

• Cut the cabbage into fine strips and place it in a casserole with hot bacon fat or butter.

• Divide the onion into strips, add this with laurel leaves, juniper, and cloves. An alternative is to use caraway.

• Pour over the broth or the knuckles boiling sauce and 2 tablespoons vinegar.

• Put on the lid and let it cook under low heat for 45 – 60 minutes.

• Taste with salt, pepper, sugar and the rest of the vinegar.

Served with freshly cooked potatoes.

Enjoy your dinner

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Oven-Baked Cod with Tomato and Basil

Tomato and basil are good flavors that taste very good with cod. This recipe has few ingredients so it’s easy to make. It can quickly become an everyday favorite.
The original version of this recipe is Norwegian, and the copyright belongs to  https://3iuka.no/

The oven baked cod is served





Serve: 4                         Time: 20-40 minutes           Difficulty: Easy

1,3 lb   ( 600g ) Cod filets skin and boneless
0,9 lb   ( 400g ) Potato

2 pcs Shallot
4 cloves Garlic
3 tbsp Olive oil
1 tsp Tomato Purè
0,9 lb  ( 400g ) Canned tomatoes, roughly chopped (Diced)
20 pcs Green olives
1/4 tsp Cayenne
2 tsp Basil, Fresh
Salt and pepper, your taste

How to do:
Preheat the oven to 302°F  (150°C)
Cut the cod fillet into nice pieces.
Peel and cook potato tender in unsalted water and cut into slices.

Cut the shallots and garlic into slices and fry in olive oil until the onion is soft.
Stir in tomato paste and let it simmer well.
Add canned tomatoes and olives and let the sauce boil for 5 minutes
Season to taste with cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper, and add the basil leaves.
Add cod, potato, and sauce layered in a greased ovenproof dish, and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.

Serve with fresh bread.

Enjoy your dinner!


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