And then đột nhiên…I had soup for dinner

Sometimes necessity becomes the mama-san of invention. Tonight I came home and surprised myself by making pretty much the best damn Asian noodle soup I’ve ever had and I made it in only ten minutes. I can cook a hell of a lot of things but I’ve never made any sort of Asian noodle soup before so I’m somewhat dumbfounded by the result. I guess I would call it almost homemade with a little help from Annie Chun.

I had my mind made up that I was going to go pick up my favorite 7 flavor chicken and some vegetable pot stickers on the way home from class tonight but lets just say the universe had other plans for me . There’s nothing worse than taking a yoga class and while you are practicing you get hit with a few waves of nausea and stomach cramps. Oh wait actually there is. It’s teaching a one hour yoga sculpt class in a 100 degree room in the same condition afterwards. Welcome to my Wednesday night.

So there I was at 9:00 p.m. after taking and teaching class. Somehow I miraculously made it through. At the end I find myself dizzy, starving, dehydrated and wondering what the heck I should try to eat or drink. Sticking with my general theme of wanting something Thai, Chinese or the like I wander into Whole Foods and collect a few things; chicken breast, a carrot, scallions, bean sprouts, a package of frozen mini wontons, Pacific brand chicken pho soup base and a packet of Annie Chun’s spring onion Ramen noodles. I have no recipes or anything to work from but somehow I know that I can put all of these things together into a soup that might actually taste pretty good and would possibly be digestible. I couldn’t have guessed any better.

I chopped up the chicken breast, seasoned it with S&P and tossed it in a hot wok with a little oil. After I cooked it for a minute or two I added a shredded carrot, a handful of chopped scallions and some bean sprouts. After stirring that around for about 30 seconds I added a cup of water, the seasoning packet from the Ramen noodles, about sixteen ounces of the soup base and brought it all to a boil. At the end I tossed in about six of the frozen mini wontons and the Ramen noodles and two minutes later presto. Or should I say đột nhiên instead which is actually the Vietnamese word for suddenly.

In other news, I ran into my girlfriend this afternoon on her way in and my way out of work. She had just come from the Jewel-Osco where she had extreme couponed her way into about 100 rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft toilet paper for something like $1.37. It’s one of her special gifts. Deal finding that is. Being my typical smart ass self I said to her, “Well that’s just great. Maybe I’ll cancel class and just stay home and poop all night!!”

The Law of Attraction has this little saying that goes something like this: “And the genie says…” Next time I think I’ll just keep my mouth shut.

About Jim Herbert

I've been wanting to write my whole life. By age 45 it had amounted to nothing more than a storage locker of half full journals and a lot of unfulfilled dreams. Then Paris in the fall of 2011 happened. It was the catalyst I needed to consistently blog. At first I had a hard time hitting the publish button, but now two blog sites and over 300 posts later I'm hitting my stride. I'm also a budding speech writer. I've recently been heavily involved in the Chicago Storytelling scene and have also won the Chicago Toastmasters Area 66 International Speech Contest. Check out our website at for more details about the amazing things that are happening in my life. A book or two are nearing completion. With another Paris trip on tap for Easter of 2015 I can only imagine that there are Infinite Possibilities on the horizon!!!
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