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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Chicken Mami Noodle Soup

From chicken mami noodle soup
One of my favorite comfort foods is the chicken mami noodle soup. When I was still in the Philippines working, I would usually stop by the nearest mami house (usually owned by a Chinese) and get myself a bowl of chicken mami noodles. My usual toppings would be spring onion and lots of ground pepper. Optional add-ons would be sliced hard-boiled eggs, or crummbled chicharon (like in lugaw). This type of mami I prefer over the instant mami (like Lucky Me).

My sons are in love with the instant ramen noodles. I have "trained" them to be self-sufficient when preparing their breakfast before going to school. And this is their favorite breakfast. However, they are not as imaginative as I used to be when I was a child. They do not have add-ons and toppings, making it mainly a carb-laden breakfast. I have taught them to do what I do to prepare the one in the photo above; that is, after I prepare the chicken stock and have separated the meat from the bones. I may add leftover fish/squid balls, if any.

I don't have an exact recipe for this. Amount depends on how much you want to add. Basically, the ingredients are chicken stock, chicken meat (refrigerated less than 2 weeks, from bony parts of chicken that I boiled to make chicken stock) and other add-ons as desired, noodles, salt and pepper, and spring onions.

I usually bring out from the freezer a 2-cup frozen chicken stock, microwave for 2 minutes, then add the noodles and chicken meat and microwave for another 2 minutes. I then top with spring onion and sprinkle as needed with salt and pepper....Ahhh...tastes like home. Indeed a comfort food for me. My kids love it, but only if I was the one who prepared it. They never make it if they have to prepare it.

As a side note, such soups as this (wonton, mami, etc.) are perceived by my husband as "washings of dirty socks." Sarap batukan...


  1. mukhang masarap yan manang ko ah... meron pa ba hehehe..

    I added this on my list nga pala...

  2. chubskulit, meron pa! stock nasa freezer; meat nasa fridge; noodles nasa pantry. pero malapit na maubos!

  3. This looks great Manang. It helps us get through cold New England winters. :-)

  4. ohhhh....one of my fave too,way back home me and friends will go to " to mamihan" near my house just eat this...they have the best mami i have ever tasted...but this one I would love to try this coming days....

  5. So true, Jen. I particularly like having this as soon as I am back home in the morning from work...

    Wena, make that trip to the Asian store worth it. Stock on a lot of these rare items.

  6. LOL when you said sarap batukan!

    Just to let you know: I'm wandering about your blog and enjoying the variety of recipes in your blog. Great stuff!


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