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    February 15, 2016
The Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai
opens February 25 at Portland State University
Homemade chicken
soup for when there’s
no time for homemade
By Katie Workman
The Associated Press
omemade chicken noodle soup is well known as a
panacea for whatever ails you, but the time it
takes to pull it together is not always within our
Many chefs and food writers will try to convince you how
easy it is to make your own homemade broth or stock. I’m
not one of them. I love doing it ... once in a while. When I
have the time. And while it is not difficult in terms of skill
needed, it takes a certain amount of preparation, a lot of
ingredients, and some time. Which is to say, it’s a bit of a
So for the days when homemade broth is not happening
(for me, most days), I turn time and time again to canned
or boxed broth, and I’m very satisfied.
In this soup, even more shortcuts are taken: rotisserie
chicken provides not only the meat for the soup, but the
rest of the chicken enhances the broth so it really tastes
like a rich chicken soup. Finally, I use ramen noodles,
which cook up in minutes, then are added to the hot soup.
Ramen is kind of all the rage these days, and it’s
interesting that what’s being heralded as the greatest
thing to happen to soup in all kinds of Asian restaurants
also is available for pennies in the supermarket.
The trick here is to ignore the salty flavor packets that
come with the noodles. The noodles will pick up the flavor
from the soup itself, and you get to control the seasonings.
Katie Workman has written two cookbooks focused on easy, family-
friendly cooking, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.
Easy Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup
Start to finish: 45 minutes (20 minutes active)
Servings: 6
1 small rotisserie chicken
6 cups (1 1/2 quarts) low-sodium chicken
broth or stock
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into small chunks
3 stalks celery, cut into small chunks
1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
Two 3-ounce packets ramen noodles
(any flavor — the flavor packets get tossed)
1 teaspoon dried dill
Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Remove all of the meat from the chicken. Set aside
the skin and bones. Shred the meat into bite-sized
In a large pot over medium heat, combine the
chicken bones and skin, the broth, carrots, celery, and
onion. Bring to a simmer, partially covered. Simmer
for about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, fill another large pot with water, salt it
lightly, then bring to a boil. Add the ramen noodles,
breaking them up a bit (discard the flavor packet), and
cook, stirring to separate the noodles, until just barely
tender, about two minutes. Drain and leave in a
colander. Retain the empty cooking pot.
Once the broth has simmered for 20 minutes, strain
it into the noodle cooking pot, discarding the solids
(including the vegetables). Add the dill and shredded
chicken, then return to a simmer. Season with salt and
pepper. Stir in the cooked noodles, then ladle into
serving bowls.
Nutrition information per serving: 470 calories (120
calories from fat, 26 percent of total calories); 14 g fat
(4.5 g saturated, 0 g trans fats); 205 mg cholesterol;
860 mg sodium; 23 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 2 g sugar;
63 g protein.
BELOVED KABUKI PLAY. Presentations of Chushingura, a beloved kabuki play also known
as The Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai, begin this month at Portland State University’s Lincoln
Performance Hall. Eight performances are scheduled between February 25 and March 5. (Photo/
Minh Ngo)
Avenue, Room 75) on the Portland February 28.
To learn more, call (503) 725-8577
State University campus. Perfor-
mances are held at 7:30pm February or visit <>. To buy
25 through 27 and March 2 through 5. tickets, call (503) 725-3307 or visit
A 2:00pm matinee takes place on <>.
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2015 Exemplary Community Volunteer Award Recipient:
Van Lang Vietnamese School
Tu Phan
Call for:
NMLS # 81395
MLO # 7916
12550 S.E. 93rd Avenue
Suite 350
Clackamas, OR 97015
(503) 496-0531
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AR Photo/Jan Landis
SWIFT & SATISFYING SOUP. A bowl of Easy Chicken Ramen
Noodle Soup is seen in Concord, New Hampshire. This dish can be pre-
pared in just 45 minutes. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Chushingura, a beloved kabuki
play also known as The Revenge of the
47 Loyal Samurai, begins showings
on February 25 in downtown Port-
land. The production of the arche-
typical tale of revenge is being pre-
sented by Portland State University
(PSU) for the first time by a univer-
sity in the continental United States.
The presentation features a large
company of student performers as
well as several experts in Japanese
music, dance, and costuming from
outside the university. PSU stage
design faculty are also leading stu-
dent teams in using lighting, projec-
tion, and construction materials to
create sets for nine separate scenes.
Musical direction for the play is
provided by Wynn Kiyama, executive
director of Portland Taiko and an
assistant professor at PSU, and
Laurence Kominz, a PSU professor of
Japanese, is the director.
The Revenge of the 47 Loyal
Samurai is playing at Lincoln
Performance Hall (1620 S.W. Park
The Van Lang Vietnamese School in Portland was founded in 1990. It serves
more than 550 students with the help of approximately 100 volunteers. The school
has six primary purposes: the preservation of the Vietnamese culture and
language; instilling a sense of cultural values and pride within youth in the area;
creating a healthy environment where children can interact with others with the
same values; promoting parental involvement in schooling; providing oppor-
tunities for activities (cultural events, camping, etc.) that promote skill building
and team building; and providing academic support for students through tutoring
or scholarships. Vietnamese language and culture are taught every Sunday for
two-and-a-half hours between September and June by a dedicated group of
volunteer teachers. Since its inception, thousands of students have benefitted from
services offered by the Van Lang Vietnamese School. To learn more, visit <www.>.
The Asian Reporter Foundation is accepting nominations
for its 2016 “Exemplary Community Volunteer” awards.
The recognition banquet will be held Thursday,
April 21, 2016 at northeast Portland’s TAO Event Center.
Nomination forms and award guidelines are available
for download at <>.
The nomination deadline is Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 5:00pm.
The Asian Reporter Foundation’s 18th
Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet features:
Most Honored Elder Awards
Cultural entertainment
Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards
Ethnic dinner
College Scholarship Awards
Silent auction