Some people say that mackerel is a dirty fish, I have no truck with this point of view, apart from the odd thing they might gulp down by mistake they spend their lives drinking good Highland seawater, they're very well hydrated I'm told. I'm also sure that award winning director Hayao Miyazaki who feeds this meal to his animation team on a regular basis would agree, as it was his movie (extra features on the DVD) Spirited Away that brought this magnificent noodle recipe to our shores. So full credit to the undead, the spiritual bath house for the frog people and the flooded path and railway line that leads to the scary witch's house. Special thanks to Chihiro and Haku.
Ingredients for Poor Man's Noodles: Instant noodles - your favourite kind, cooked/canned fish in oil – chopped (mackerel will do but apparently there are many other fish in the sea), an egg, chopped spring onion or other vegetable (optional).
Method: cook the noodles normally, a three minute boil does, add the egg (slowly stir it so it cooks in the noodle's heat), add the chopped fish, simmer for minute. Throw away the spring onions, they'll only give you dodgy breath, drain and serve. Makes a good quick snack or an unconventional winter warmer.