My daughter, the real Inday Hami, is very pida (picky with food) but she does like shrimps and vegetable broth. Being a working mom, I don’t have plenty of time. That’s why I’ve trained my house-angel Ging-ging to do the cooking when I get pretty busy. Her laswa recipes are very good and so is her lutik nga kalabasa.
One quick and easy recipe that I would cook for my Inday Hami is what I’ve decided to name patola sauté.
2 pieces of patola ( about 6 in. per piece)
5-10 pcs. of small fresh shrimps or a small pack of hibi or dried shrimps (with no shrimps available, you can use a Knorr cube- shrimp or chicken flavor)
1-2 pcs. of garlic
1 medium-sized onion
Peel the patola and cut into 2 cm. discs
Crush the garlic; slice the onion
Heat 1-2 tbsp. of oil in a pan
Saute the garlic; add the onions, then the shrimps
Add about ¾ cup-1 cup of water. Simmer to bring out flavor of shrimps
Add salt and pepper to taste
Put in the sliced patola . Mix, simmer quickly and serve.
Tip: Cook them al dente. While they’re bright green, turn off the heat. Overcooking will shrink and leave them mushy.
Variation: Add carrot slices for color and additional nutrients. (I blanch my carrots first so they don’t have to cook too long in the broth)