Good day readers!
So today we start our budget meal series. In my last article, I mentioned making a Misua dish. That was just a spur-of-the-moment idea. Somehow we can make a go for it, as was estimated.
Since it is Ash Wednesday this week and restraint is required of the faithful, so the budget meal challenge starts. I am picky with what rice goes with the dish I prepare. Having good quality tasting rice over my main dish or ulam is essential. That, so even salt or fish sauce would taste great with just the good rice.
So I set the budget for the challenge at ₱150.00. Remember, we are making a meal for a family of 4 with a budget of ₱50.00 per head. Of course this would vary depending on ingredient choices. if you buy rice worth ₱35.00 a kilo then you have a little more budget to play with.
Our dish for today is a tuna version of one of my favorite dishes, Bola Bola Misua.
Budgeting and Planning:
Here is the allocation of our ₱200.00 meal budget.
– 50.00 Rice/bigas
– 49.00 180g. canned tuna in oil
– 35.00 100g. Misua noodles
– 6.00 1pc. XL size egg
– 20.00 worth of chopsuey veggies
The leftover ₱40.00 is for other ingredients like, garlic, onion, flour, shrimp cube, and dash of sesame oil.
Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 7 minutes
2 tbsp Oil
2 cloves Minced Garlic
2 tbsp Minced Onion
Minced Bell Pepper for Chop Guey mix
1 pc Egg
1/2 tbsp Flour
1/4 1 Shrimp Cube
Salt & Pepper to taste
4 cups Water
1 pack 100g. Misua Noodles
₱20.00 Worth (150g.) Chop Suey Vegetables Mix
- Drain very well the Canned Tuna of its oil.
- In a bowl, combine drained tuna, 1/3 of Minced Onions, Bell Pepper, Salt and Pepper to taste, Egg, and Flour to bind.
- Mix well until well incorporated then set aside.
- In a saucepot, heat Oil and saute Garlic and remaining Onions until the Garlic is lightly golden.
- Pour 4 cups Water and bring to a boil
- While waiting for Water to boil, add in the 1/4 Shrimp Cube and season with Salt & Pepper
- When water boils, lower heat to simmer and gently drop tuna balls one at a time (use ice cream scooper for convenience). This will cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add in Misua noodles followed by vegetables and a dash of sesame oil (optional). Cover and let simmer just until noodles are done.
***If you have japanese breadcrumbs, I would advise adding maybe 1/2 tbsp to the mixture to add firmness and crunch.
I hope you like this. Have fun. Drop a note when you find time.
Enjoy and see you on our next issue.
Featured image: Planning a budget meal
Chef Chris Lachenal strives to elevate Filipino cuisine and revive dishes that are slowly losing popularity. A former chef instructor, he emphasized the importance of understanding the process of things in order to grasp refinement in food. As a chef-for-hire he satisfies his clients, always. He is the creative and passionate soul behind FoodCreations by CCL.