This Meatballs Soup also called Almondigas is a comforting and delicious Filipino soup made with meatballs and misua (thin flour noodles). Some version adds patola or silk squash. You are free to add it if you like. On this recipe, I used lean ground beef but you can also use pork. I also used rice wash and fried the meatballs first. Trust me it's better than just dropping the meatballs in soup until it's done.
What is rice wash? Rice Wash is a reserved liquid from 2nd or 3rd rice rinsing. What? Here it is. Add 6-cups of cool/cold water into a bowl and add 2-3 cups of raw unwashed rice, swish it around with your fingers for a couple of minutes to wash the surface starch off of the rice, then drain and reserve the liquid. The reserved liquid is then your rice wash. Why do we use rice wash? First, it makes the food taste better. Second, it adds starch to the soup which in turn thickens it.
I suggest, if you'll eat this soup with rice, might as well make the rice first and reserve the rice wash. If not, water can be used instead. So, give this recipe a try. I know for sure the whole family will love it. Enjoy.
meatballs soup / almondigas recipe