Refresh the Soul
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Refresh the Soul

Sticky Egg Gravy Rice Noodles

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I don’t know the recipe for this marvellous mouth-watering dish that scores as my comfort food on days with low fuel. There are days when you cannot get out of bed. And the days when everything feels like a chore, which is pretty much every other day. What about the days when all you want to do is to curl up with a book in bed? Who has the luxury of doing that these days?!

Where we are down under, there aren’t as many food choices in terms of variety and authenticity compared to where I was brought up — in Singapore. So, we generally make do and I am indeed so lucky and grateful (I should probably add this to my gratitude listicle) to have found an eatery that serves up my favourite comfort food, which is, Sticky Egg Gravy Rice Noodles or also known as Cantonese Hor Fan.

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The Uncle at this eatery knows me by now. I breeze in and go, “Hey Uncle! Me again! Same, same order. Cantonese Hor Fan, seafood, no mussels.” Uncle goes, “OK!” Occasionally, I go, “How are you?” He looks sheepish and blushes a little and goes, “Ahh… OK… You want chili?” And, that is as endearing as we get and each time I get all the feels. I laugh and he laughs at the children performing their usual shenanigans. I collect my food and we nod in mutual agreement until next time.

He throws in an extra fishball or two. Just for my kids.

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At this stage, I’m tired of cooking at home. If I had more energy… my go-to comfort food at home would be chicken soup.

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Chicken soup for everything — flu, covid, sore throat, a cough, gastro, fevers, you name it. Chicken soup for the soul is such a cliché, but it works! A bowl of warm nourishing soup/stew with pieces of carrots, potatoes, and celery, shredded chicken, a dash of ginger/turmeric, and a sprinkle of spring onions. Some like it milky, some like it clear. Whichever your preference, you can never go wrong with a pot of delicious goodness brewed with unconditional love.

Because that is what food symbolises in our culture — love.

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I’m feeling nourished and refreshed just reading this… Chicken soup for dinner tonight, what about you?

Thank you Nancy Blackman for this mouth-watering writing prompt!




Come in. Stay awhile. Enjoy the refreshment to your soul. We hope you read with your heart and soul leaving refreshed and nourished.

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Li Shen J

Li Shen J

Emerging poet & writer finding her way in her world of words and feelings. Tweets @lishen_sim

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