Chinese food has a serious place in my heart that can’t be filled with, well, pretty much anything else. It’s delicious, and can provide a healing warmth to your soul like no other type of food can. (Have I sold you on the fact that I love Chinese food yet?!)
Apparently, my mom has been telling me for most of my life that she fed me Chinese food as one of my first solid foods. While I’m not sure that I agree with her mothering choices (lol, sorry mom!) I do appreciate the fact that she was feeding me delicious stuff. Hence, my adoration of this amazing Asian cuisine was born!
If you didn’t know, the Chinese New Year is coming up! It is the grandest and most important annual event for Chinese people. The Chinese New Year celebrations will begin on February 8th, 2016. These festivities include many traditions such as: cleaning, decorating, fireworks, and a very important New Year’s Eve Dinner. Many special foods will be prepared at a Chinese New Year‘s Eve Dinner, and most meals will include fish and dumplings (both dishes signify prosperity).
Another food that is commonly served during the Chinese New Year is a dish called Longevity Noodles. This long noodles in this meal considered to be good luck for a long life. It is very important to keep the Chinese noodles long and not cut them during the preparation of this dish.
I decided to whip up some homemade Chinese food, and I must say, my recipe for these longevity “long-life” noodles came out amazing. You want to know how I know this fact? Well, because my 3 year old ate it and told me “Mommy, you are the best cooker in the entire world.” – so yea, that’s proof right there, people!
Here’s how you can get in on celebrating the upcoming Chinese New Year with this homemade longevity noodles recipe:
Homemade Chinese New Year Food – Longevity Noodles Recipe
10oz Chinese Noodles
1 clove fresh garlic (chopped)
1 tsp fresh ginger (grated/shredded)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp peanut oil
4oz fresh Shiitake mushrooms (stems removed, and caps sliced)
3 cups fresh Napa cabbage (sliced thinly)
2 tbsp Kikkoman soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 cup fresh green onion (chopped)
1. First, prepare the Chinese noodle according to the package instructions. This should take no more than about 3-4 minutes, as they cook quickly. Once they’re done, rinse with cold water and return to pot. Then, drizzle with sesame oil and toss to coat. This is to prevent the noodles from sticking.
(TIP- I also add a few drops of oil to the water the noodles are cooked in the help them not stick together)
2. Then, in a frying pan or wok over high heat, add together chopped garlic, shredded ginger, red pepper flakes, and peanut oil. Heat for approximately 30 seconds – 1 minute until it’s sizzling a bit, and you can smell the scents wafting through the air.
3. Add into the frying pan your sliced mushrooms and cabbage.
(TIP – after rinsing, the mushrooms should be soaked in warm water for approximately 5 minutes. Then remove from the water, remove the stems, and slice caps thinly to prepare for cooking)
Stir all of the ingredients together in the frying pan until the veggies are slightly tender.
4. Remove the veggies from the pan, and pour into the pot of cooked Chinese noodles. Mix together slowly and well, making extra sure not to break the noodles.
5. Return the mixture to the frying pan. Now over medium heat, add in 2 tbsp Kikkoman soy sauce, 1 tbsp rice vinegar, and the green onions. Turning frequently, ensure that the dish is completely coated in the soy sauce mixture. (I really love the flavor that the Kikkoman soy sauce contributes to this dish. Like fine wine, Kikkoman Soy Sauce is aged for several months to develop its characteristic rich, yet mellow flavor. Not to mention it smells amazing, too!)
6. Remove from frying pan, and serve promptly.
ENJOY your delicious homemade Chinese food!
Be sure to try to eat your longevity noodles without breaking or cutting them for a long life, as Chinese history believes.
Happy Chinese New Year!
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