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Chicken Noodle Soup with Coconut Milk


3½ oz dried rice vermicelli
1 cup coconut cream
2 cups coconut milk
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup creamed corn
1 lb chicken thigh fillets, diced into 3/4-inch squares
1 cup baby corn, halved lengthwise 2-inch piece
fresh galangal or ginger, cut into thin slices
2 lemongrass stalks, white part only, bruised and cut into 2-inch pieces
6 kaffir lime or young lime leaves, finely shredded
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon grated palm sugar or brown sugar
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Cook rice vermicelli in salted boiling water until done.
  2. Place the coconut cream, coconut milk, chicken stock and creamed corn in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer.
  3. Add the chicken, baby corn, galangal, lemongrass and lime leaves and simmer until the chicken is tender.
  4. Season with fish sauce, lime juice and palm sugar. Stir in half the cilantro leaves and serve topped with the remaining leaves.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Noodles

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Night Owls Run Higher Risk of Health Problems, Study Finds

Even with the same amount of sleep as early risers, they were more prone to diabetes, muscle loss.

Night owls are more likely than early risers to develop diabetes and other health problems, even if they get the same amount of sleep.

That’s the conclusion of a new study that included more than 1,600 people in South Korea, aged 47 to 59, who provided information about their sleep habits and underwent tests to assess their health.

“Regardless of lifestyle, people who stayed up late faced a higher risk of developing health problems like diabetes or reduced muscle mass than those who were early risers,” Dr. Nan Hee Kim, of Korea University College of Medicine in Ansan, South Korea, said in a news release from the Endocrine Society.

“This could be caused by night owls’ tendency to have poorer sleep quality and to engage in unhealthy behaviors like smoking, late-night eating and a sedentary lifestyle,” Kim added.

Of the 1,600 people in the study, 95 were night owls, 480 were early risers and the remainder fell somewhere in the middle.

Even though they tended to be younger, night owls had higher levels of body fat and fats in the blood than early risers. Night owls were also more likely to have sarcopenia, a condition where the body gradually loses muscle mass, the findings showed.

Men who were night owls were more likely to have diabetes or sarcopenia than those who were early risers, the investigators found. Compared to women who were early risers, women who were night owls tended to have more belly fat and a higher risk of metabolic syndrome — a collection of health conditions that increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

The study was published online April 1 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Considering that many younger people are night owls, the risk associated with this type of sleep habit is “an important health issue that needs to be addressed,” Kim said.

The study found an association between being a night owl and increased health risks; it did not prove cause-and-effect.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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