Longevity Noodles

Longevity Noodles

Longevity Noodles
Longevity, or long life, noodles are a popular Chinese dish for both New Years and birthdays. They symbolize living to a ripe old age and the longer the noodle the longer the life. There are many variations but I like this vegetarian version for its simplicity and ease of preparation.
    Servings
    4people
    Cook Time
    20minutes
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    Servings
    4people
    Cook Time
    20minutes
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    Ingredients
    • 12ounces dried Chinese egg noodles (called Yee Mei) or linguine or fettucine noodles
    • 2teaspoon cornstarch or arrowroot
    • 2tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
    • 1/3cup vegetable or chicken broth
    • 1tablespoon sesame oil
    • 1tablespoon peanut oil
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1 bok choy, stems trimmed, coarsely chopped
    • ground black or white pepper, to taste
    • 2 callions, trimmed and chopped
    Instructions
    1. Bring a large pot of water with a pinch of salt to a boil. Add the egg noodles and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
    2. In a small bowl add the cornstarch and the following 3 ingredients (through sesame oil), whisking well until cornstarch dissolves. Set aside.
    3. In a large nonstick saute pan or wok, heat the peanut oil over medium-high to high heat and stir-fry the garlic and ginger until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the bok choy and continue to stir-fry until just wilted. Add the noodles and soy sauce mixture; stir-fry until well combined and sauce has thickened. Season with pepper to taste and serve, garnished with scallions.
    Recipe Notes

    You can add in other vegetables such as matchstick carrots, julienne snow peas, and/or shiitake mushrooms. You would add them in at the same time as the bok choy.

    For a meat version, you can add in uncooked chicken breast or thighs cut into bite sized pieces at the same time as the garlic and onions.

    The Chinese say be careful not to break any of the noodles, as this will bring bad luck.

    Although longevity noodles typically use wheat-based noodles you can substitute rice noodles if you are trying to stay gluten-free. I love the Tinkyada line of rice-based pastas.

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