Recipe for a Home-style Chicken Mami

Hello to all my avid readers and followers ,

It had been raining for 2-days and i am sharing one of our versions of chicken mami soup.

shredded chicken meat

Using whole chicken with bones gives you more flavors. Plus we do not want to waste any parts of the chicken. For those who wanted a more healthier options , you can buy 2 to 2 1/2 kilos of chicken breast.

family style chicken mami

This is our  family version and we do not use chicken bullion , msg ( vetsin ) . For those in a hurry using 1 to 2 chicken cubes is an option . We buy our chicken at the wet market  early in the morning to assure the freshness of the chicken.

Our version is ideal for a family of 6 to 15 people at least.


1 to 2 whole chicken -large ( between 1 1/2 to 2 kilos )

6 to 8 chicken eggs ( boiled )

1 to 2 kilos of thin mami noodles -normally available in all wet market stalls

spring onions -washed and chopped

4 to 6 large onions ( Sibuyas de bumbay or Spanish onion ) chopped into small bits ( fried into golden brown for toppings)

plus 1 whole Onion for broth

10 to 20 cloves of garlic chopped into bits ( this will be fried into golden brown for topping)

1 teaspoon of  ground black pepper

3 to 4 medium or large carrots- julienne and blanched ( optional)

1/4 cup of fish sauce ( patis ) and 2 table spoon of soy sauce

1 medium size celery -chopped including leaves

1 whole radish ( labanos/ rabanos) sliced

1/2 kilo of cabbage ( Baguio cabbage or ordinary cabbage)  shopped into smaller bits

small dash of pork or chicken floss for toppings ( optional )

1 table spoon of rock salt (opt out, if you’re going to use chicken broth cubes)

few slices of ginger about 100 grams

few slices of fresh chillies -chopped (optional )


1.) Start to prepare cooking pot by pouring 4 (w/out broth cubes) to 6 (w/ broth cubes) liters of water by boiling.

2.) After 2 to 3 minutes minutes, add chicken

3.) Add some chopped celery , 1 whole onion , 1 whole carrot, 1 radish , slices of ginger into the water in order to add more natural flavors to the stock

4.) Add the fish sauce, rock salt and  soy sauce to the stock.

5.) Keep the lid closed , checking them from time to time and getting rid of any any floating fats or sebo/oil and scum on top of the soup. It will take between 45 minutes to 60 minutes to cook the entire chicken and vegetables w/ broth cubes and it will take anywhere from 90 mins to 120 mins (slow cooking) to extract the chicken flavor without using chicken broth cubes.

6.) Turn off the heat and leave the chicken stock for another 15 to 30 minutes let it sit to add more flavor to the stock and meat.

7.) Remove the chicken and slice and or shred them into bits. .

8.) In a wide individual serving bowl, arrange the cooked noodles, chopped cabbage, carrot strips, boiled egg, chicken, spring onions,  toasted garlic and pork/ chicken floss. Pour-in the hot broth.

9.) For those who wanted a extra spice to their Chicken Mami- You can add a little grounded pepper and sliced chilies

Toppings Preparation

1.) Prepare a frying fan using as 2 to 3 tablespoon of vegetable , corn , canola or olive oil (depending on what is available in your kitchen)

2.) After 2 to 3 minutes – add the shredded chicken skin and deep fry them into golden brown color similar to chicharon – they can be added as additional toppings to the mami .

3.) Fry the chopped onions first then add the chopped garlic -wait for a few minutes until golden brown .

4.) Thinly chopped the Baguio Cabbage or ordinary cabbage – you can serve them fresh or slight blanched .

Suggestion: The toppings can be presented under small serving plate ,  small bowl for pork/ chicken floss, fried garlic , fried onion , chopped cabbage , chopped carrots this will be much easier for those people to manage what toppings they wanted. Рparang Korean style !

Note: These is our family style chicken mami  recipe and we sometimes change some of the ingredients depending on the availability  and some budgetary restrictions.  We also like our chicken mami to have more garlic, fried onion and a little spicy

Charlie Wanton Noodle House – a noodles house for everyone !

265 Haig Street, Daang Bakal , 1550  Mandaluyong City -Philippines

 Charlie Wanton Special restaurant

I always pass-by this home-style noodle restaurant whenever i visit my relatives in San Juan and Mandaluyong City. However this is my first -time to blog about this place. ( Thanks to the Uy family  who brought us there for  lunch !)

According to the employee, the first restaurant was located at Florentino Torres¬† street in Santa Cruz, Manila on 1958.¬† There are many factors ‘why’ this noodle house moved from the old location ( Manila ) . The blending of Filipino and Chinese cuisine is very evident with their long list of favorite menus .

 menu board

Much of the downtown Manila experience  is still retained.   It is unpretentiously a house turned into a restaurant. It has no frills and looks probably as it did decades ago. .  The proprietor is Mr. John Fernandez which is a always there at the restaurant.  Older generation  remembers that this noodle house is almost at par with Ma Mon Luk or Manosa .

beef mami special

The current noodle restaurant  in Mandaluyong opened in 1996.

Feature :  television, magazines, newspapers and blogs had already featured this noodle house.  The noodle house had maintained their quaint appearance and can sit up to 70 people at any given time  . The noodle house  had a small function area which can accommodate between 10 to 12 . There is a private room which is separated  from the main dining area.

chicken mami

Reservation is a must  if you are planning to bring your entire family and friends . The noodle house is quite jam pack from their loyal clientele  especially during weekends .


Beef Wanton Noodles, Chicken Mami , Maki, Siomai , Tokwa con Isda rice, Asado, Chinese Que Kiam, Bola-Bola Siopao, Asado Siopao, Machang , Congee, Patatim Rice , Asado Rice,¬† Miki -Bihon Guisado , Charlie’s Fried Rice¬† among others.

Celebrity Clienteles: 

Famous Philippine celebrities and politicians that frequents the mami house are Ms. Elizabeth Ramsey , Mr. Carlo Aquino , Mr. Ronnie Rickets, Ms. Nanette Inventor ,¬† Mayor Benhur Abalos etc…..

Contact Information:

( +632) 718-1880

Operation : 9:00am to 10:00pm daily

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