The other night my husband, Jeff, and I caught ourselves living it up like we were in our late 20’s again. Our son, who is now 2 years old, went to bed relatively early because he is starting to not take naps during the day. At 9 PM, Jeff and I looked at each other using our married couple telepathic communication skills/powers and let our eyes and facial expressions do all the talking (Oh yeeeeeah). Child is asleep and “it is about to go down.” We ran into our bedroom and got on with our bad selves.
I changed into my matching top and bottom Hello Kitty pajamas and Jeff put on his comfy sweats. We open beers, lean back in our “his and hers” office chairs, turn the power on our “his and hers” computers, Jeff puts on his headset and connects with his buddies on voice chat, and I turn on my Netflix to watch Season 2 of “Let’s Eat”, “Strong Girl Bonsoon”, and “Chef and My Fridge” for like the fortieth time (these are Korean shows and I recommend them…especially if you are a “foodie”). We are at home, comfortable, sharing a room with our favorite person, and playing serious amounts of Diablo III collecting bounties and running Rifts while chugging beers before the inevitable takes over. The inevitable is the fog of sleep and the wave of responsibility reminding us that we have a child in the house and he WILL wake up at the crack of dawn no matter how hungover or tired we are.
Jeff and I have always been “night owls” (people who seem to have more energy and awareness at night and who are more inclined to sleep in because “mornings suck”). Eventually we make it to bed and sleep like babies. 7 AM on the dot our son, Rayden, comes into our room and taps my forehead reminding me that motherhood is a 24/7 gig. To be honest, I am exhausted and my stomach is still digesting beer. More hours of sleep sounds amazing. However, Rayden is so cute and hungry.
There are mornings where I don’t know how I manage to lift my body out of bed and this was one of those days. I get up, but my eyes are still heavy and closed. I breathe deeply into my lungs in hopes the air will magically wake me up. It doesn’t and I am not surprised. Rayden is now pulling my hand and trying as hard as he can to pick me up (good luck with that, kid). Then, my ears hear something rustling.
Jeff rises as if he was summoned by a circle of dark mages and grunts, “I got it.” Whaaaaat??? Is this a miracle? Yes, it is. I fall back to sleep and wake up after a couple of hours with a regretful stomach. Too much beer, but was it worth it? Kind of. We had fun being our gamer-selves and enjoyed a whole evening of entertainment. I get up and think, I need to eat something.
Omelettes, pancakes, oat meal, pasta, leftovers…nothing sounds good. Then I go through the list of things I have in our house. A sense of relief consumes me as the thought of a hot bowl of steaming noodles with a light and gentle taste of sesame oil and chicken broth smothered with a subtle and satisfying mix of scallions, mushrooms, and bean sprouts runs through my mind. I go downstairs, acknowledge my family, and make myself a bowl of noodle soup. I eat it in peace. I’m comforted, my stomach feels better, and I can be a member of society again.
If you have ever had a night and morning like this then this dish is for you.
|Japanese Noodles with Bean Sprouts, Spring Onions, and Mushrooms in a Light Sesame Chicken Broth|
|1 bundle of Japanese Noodles|
|3 Scallions (aka Spring Onion)|
|4-5 Portobello Mushrooms|
|Handful of Bean Sprouts|
|1-2 teaspoons of Sesame Oil|
|For Garnish – Roasted Sesame Seeds and Goma Shio|
Take a small pot and fill it up half way with CHICKEN BROTH and bring to a high heat
- If the broth boils, that’s fine, but it’s not necessary
- Add SESAME OIL and a drizzle of SOY SAUCE to your taste
While the broth heats, thinly slice SCALLIONS and MUSHROOMS
- Add them into the broth so the flavors can start mixing together
- Then add a handful of BEAN SPROUTS and let them soften for about a minute or two
Mix all the ingredients together making sure everything is coated and simmered in the broth
- Then add a bundle of JAPANESE NOODLES and let them cook for about 2-3 minutes or soften to your preference
- Gently pour everything into a large bowl and garnish with ROASTED SESAME SEEDS and some GOMA SHIO
A nice side dish to add to this is cold and crisp Kimchi. If you want something a little more indulgent add a handful of grated mozzarella and let it melt into the steaming bowl of noodles. The melted mozzarella reminds of the cheesy satisfaction you get from eating onion soup.
That’s it. Enjoy!
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