Longevity Noodles AKA Longlife Noodles is a Chinese tradition for celebrating special events. Other cultures also celebrate events with noodles, including the Filipino culture. We celebrate with noodles because we believe it brings good fortune for the future. Growing up we celebrated with a traditional noodle dish called ‘Pancit.’ However, since it’s Chinese New Year we are celebrating with Longevity Noodles.
Just like pancit recipes there’s a plethora of ways to make this Chinese dish. I’ve scoured the internet and have seen recipes made with the traditional Yi mein noodles, Lo mein, linguine and even suggestions of using spaghetti noodles. The lesson here is make it your own but keep the message close – with these noodles we are welcoming the new year in hopes of good fortune, happiness and living a longer fulfilled life. So tweak the recipe as it suits you – make it vegetarian, use the noodles you can find at your local grocer or swap for different protein choices. Our recipe is just a suggestion, but we hope you like it.
- 1 Frying pan or wok
- 1 Pot For boiling the noodles
- 3-4 Quarts Water To boil the noodles
- 1 Package Wide Lo Mein Noodles You can substitute with Yi Mein, Linguine, Vermicelli, or even Spaghetti noodles
- 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 3 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
- ¼ Tsp Sugar
- 1 Tsp White Pepper Add more based on your taste preferences
- 5 Shiitake Mushrooms Sliced
- 1 Small Napa cabbage Sliced
- 1-2 Cups Beansprouts
- 1 Bunch Scallions Chop white part while cutting the green thinner parts to 2” pieces
- 5 Cloves Garlic Minced
- 1 Lb chicken Sliced. We used boneless thighs for this recipe.
- 2 Cups Shrimp Peeled and Deveined
- 2-4 Tbsp Cooking Oil Cooking oil of your choice, we used vegetable oil.
- 1. Cook noodles to package instructions.3-4 Quarts Water, 1 Package Wide Lo Mein Noodles
- 2. Pre-heat your frying pan or wok on medium-high heat. Once water beads and rolls on the pan, you know it’s hot enough.
- 3. Add your oil of choice (2 tbsp) and sauté the scallions until fragrant (Don’t forget to reserve some green scallions for garnish).1 Bunch Scallions, 2-4 Tbsp Cooking Oil
- 4. Toss in the garlic and mushrooms. Ensure the excess water released by the mushrooms is cooked out. Then set aside cooked ingredients.5 Cloves Garlic, 5 Shiitake Mushrooms
- 5. If needed, add more cooking oil – brown the chicken.2-4 Tbsp Cooking Oil, 1 Lb chicken
- 6. Add shrimp until mostly pink, then add back the ingredients that were set aside. Bring in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sugar and white pepper – Stir well.3 Tbsp Soy Sauce, 3 Tbsp Oyster Sauce, 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil, ¼ Tsp Sugar, 2 Cups Shrimp, 1 Tsp White Pepper
- 7. Add the Napa cabbage and bean sprouts and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.1 Small Napa cabbage, 1-2 Cups Beansprouts
- 8. Drain the noodles of excess water and incorporate it into the meat and veggies mixture. Mix well and ENJOY! (Optional: Garnish with leftover scallions and add extra white pepper if needed).