Beef Meatball Soup

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By Angela Dimayuga and Ligaya Mishan

Published 2021

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This is not a traditional Filipino dish—I was inspired by Mexican sopa de albóndigas, which features small but hearty meatballs from a recipe with roots in sixth-century Spain, then under Islamic rule; the name comes from the Arabic al-bunduq, or hazelnut, a hint at the meatballs’ size. Their Filipino counterpart, bola-bola, are good eaten straight, but if you have leftover meatballs on hand, try simmering them in this light, easy soup, with a last, bracing touch of lemon and lush drops of