my new blogger friend Alicia of The Slacker Kitchen asked in one of her posts what people eat when they're hungry RIGHT THEN AND THERE and there's nothing in the cupboards. well, i always have an inventory of mì gói, instant noodles or just the generic term ramen noodles. growing up, they were sold in boxes, not individual selections. in a pinch, grandma would make this for me to eat on a saturday, just to shut up me while she was busy cooking an actual proper meal. then living in manila and eventually bangkok, i definitely had a lot to choose from.
it was when i started living with the parents that i realized you can spruce up a boring bowl of mì gói. peter would put the most random things and it would come out so good! Lạp xưởng (chinese sausage), lettuce, spring onions, chicken... the sky was the limit for him! and what really wowed me: the EGG. once the noodles were cooked according to package directions, he would put the noodles in the bowl, positioning everything around it. then, in the middle, make a hole and crack open an egg into it. the broth would be at a boil and he would slowly and gently pour it over the egg. in essence poaching it. and to be on the safe side, he would continuously spoon the hot broth over the egg to cook it further or blanket it with noodles over top before digging in. i've always liked my yolks runny (sunny side up is my favorite way to have my eggs).
i've outgrown the whole packaged noodles thing, i don't eat it as often as i used to, but still, i have a handful of them in my cupboards. you just never know! late night from being out, having the munchies... an evening of not wanting to cook a proper meal... cold winter Saturday and missing grandma... that is what i usually eat when i'm hungry RIGHT THEN AND THERE and nothing else would do.
as promised to Alicia, i made myself a bowl last night for dinner to showcase how i class up my mì gói. i had some left over chả lụa, black fungus and bean sprouts. garnished with some green onions and i was good to go!
do you spice up your bowl of instant noodles?
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