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Misua soup | Source: Shutterstock
Misua soup | Source: Shutterstock

Three Tasty Misua Recipes for Celebrating Longevity

Akhona Zungu
Feb 14, 2024
08:58 A.M.
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Originating in the Chinese province of Fujian and popular in neighboring Asian countries, misua are a versatile delight. If you're seeking quick and easy ways to enjoy these noodles, look no further than these three delicious misua recipes.

Misua noodles are thin wheat noodles that originated in Fujian, China, though they found their way into neighboring countries like Singapore, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

The process of making misua noodles is an arduous one and each noodle is typically 100 feet long. It's why some refer to misua as the longest noodle in China.

Additionally, misua noodles are a traditional birthday food in China as they symbolize longevity. You can enjoy them as a side dish, fry them with tofu or veggies, cook them in soup, or add them to a salad.

The misua recipes below are mostly soups, but they're easy to prepare and will be ready for you to enjoy in no time. Happy cooking!

Ginger chicken soup with misua and fried egg | Source: Shutterstock

Ginger chicken soup with misua and fried egg | Source: Shutterstock

Misua Recipe: Tangy Shrimp

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz misua noodles
  • ½ medium-sized onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 stalks spring onion, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • ½ pound cooked shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 hard-boiled egg for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the diced onion and minced garlic. Stir occasionally.
  3. Once the onions and garlic are brown, add the shrimp and cook for about four minutes.
  4. Add the tomato paste and stir for a minute or two, then add the chicken broth.
  5. Cover the pot with a lid, and leave it to simmer for about 15 minutes.
  6. Add the misua, and season the soup with salt and pepper.
  7. Add the chopped spring onions and stir.
  8. Dish up and garnish with the hard-boiled egg sliced in half.

Misua Recipe: Spicy Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz misua
  • 5 oz chicken thighs, cubed
  • ½ cup mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, diced (purple or white)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pcs tomatoes, diced
  • ½ tbsp patis or fish sauce
  • 1pc chicken cube
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pc green chili
  • 1 spring onion, chopped (green and white parts separated)
  • 1 hard-boiled egg (garnish)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced and toasted (garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Season the cubed chicken thighs with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  2. Heat a bit of oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  3. Sautee the chicken cubes until brown then remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Sautee the mushrooms. After a few minutes, make room for the diced onion and minced garlic cloves then add them.
  5. Stir to combine once the onion and garlic soften and start to brown.
  6. Add the tomatoes, stir to combine, then cover the pot with a lid. Leave to simmer for 2 minutes.
  7. Add the white portion of the spring onions and stir.
  8. Add patis, another ¼ teaspoon of pepper, the cooked chicken cubes, and pork cube, and stir. Then, add 4 cups of water, cover the pot with a lid, and leave to simmer for five minutes over high heat.
  9. Add the misua, green chili, and green portion of the spring onion, and stir. Cover the pot and leave to simmer for another two minutes.
  10. Dish up and garnish your chicken misua soup with two halves of a hard-boiled egg and toasted minced garlic.

Misua Recipe: Ground Pork

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ lb lean ground pork
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce or 1 tsp salt
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 oz misua noodles or Japanese somen noodles
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped green onion for garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Sautee the onion and garlic until softened.
  3. Add the pork and cook until the pork no longer has a pink color. Add fish sauce or salt, then stir to combine.
  4. Add the broth, then bring the mixture to a boil. Stir in the misua and cook until soft.
  5. Dish up and garnish with green onions.

Now you have three delectable comfort misua recipes to prepare and enjoy on a chilly day alone or with loved ones. While you're at it, why don't you try Chili's Blackberry Margarita?

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