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Chinese Noodles of Longevity

Updated on November 4, 2012

Noodles of Longevity

Noodles of Longevity
Noodles of Longevity
Fresh shrimp
Fresh shrimp
Chinese Dried Mushrooms
Chinese Dried Mushrooms
Lo Mein Noodles
Lo Mein Noodles
Napa Cabbage
Napa Cabbage
Straw Mushrooms
Straw Mushrooms

Chinese Food

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Noodles of Longevity


Chinese people desire longevity more than almost anything else. Adult birthdays are special events; the older you are the bigger the celebration.


Birthdays are celebrated with banquets and "noodles of longevity" are usually served. This dish includes long lo mein noodles symbolizing long life and no one is allowed to cut them.


In addition to the noodles that are pan fried after being boiled, this recipe includes chicken, shrimp, Chinese dried mushrooms, Napa cabbage and straw mushrooms.


In China you would buy the straw mushrooms fresh but here you most likely will find them canned. If you do not have straw mushrooms, you can substitute fresh button mushrooms, washed and cut in half. If you do, you will also need to stir-fry them with the scallions, dried mushrooms and chicken mixture.




Preparation Time:

30 Minutes

Cooking Time:

30 Minutes


Shrimp Mixture:

6 Oz. of Fresh Small Shrimp (cleaned and deveined – cut them in half if they are large)

½ Egg White

1 Teaspoon Dry White Wine

1 Teaspoon Cornstarch

Mix together in a bowl and refrigerate until needed.


Chicken Mixture:

6 Oz. of Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast (cut into matchstick sized strips while partially frozen)

½ Egg White

¼ Teaspoon Salt

2 Teaspoons Cornstarch

Mix together in a bowl and refrigerate until needed.


Sauce Mixture:

1 Tablespoon Black Soy Sauce

1 Tablespoon Thin Soy Sauce

1 Tablespoon Dry White Wine

½ Teaspoon Sugar

½ Teaspoon Salt

1/ 2 Cup chicken Broth

2 Teaspoons Cornstarch


Other Ingredients:

12 Oz. Fresh Lo Mein Noodles or 8 Oz. of Dried Egg Noodles

½ Cup of Oil

6 Chinese Dried Mushrooms (soak in hot water, remove stems and cut into 4-5 strips)

3 Scallions (cut into 1 ½ inch lengths including the green parts)

½ Cup Canned Straw Mushrooms (or fresh button mushrooms)

2 Cups of Napa Cabbage (cut into ¼ inch strips crosswise)


Cooking Instructions:

  1. Cook the noodles according to the cooking instructions (fresh noodles will take less time), Then rinse them under cold water and drain them before frying them.
  2. Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a heavy skillet and pan-fry the noodles until they are golden brown. Remove to an ovenproof dish and place in a 300F oven while preparing the other ingredients.
  3. Add 4 more tablespoons of oil to the skillet and stir-fry the shrimp mixture over high heat for 30 seconds until they turn pinkish-white. Remove them to another dish’
  4. Add the remaining oil to the skillet and stir-fry the scallions, dry mushrooms and the chicken mixture for 60 seconds until the chicken turns white.
  5. Add the Napa cabbage and straw mushrooms, stir in the sauce and cook until it gently bubbles. Return the shrimp to the wok and mix well.
  6. Place the pan-fried noodles on a large platter and pour the chicken, shrimp, cabbage and mushroom mixture over the top of them.


Noodles of Longevity

Noodle Making in Bejing, China


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    • iruvanti profile image


      6 years ago from U.S.A

      I love noodles. This looks so authentic.

    • picklesandrufus profile image


      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      love Chinese noodles!! Glad to have this recipe. thanks

    • emimemo profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      We eat Soba noodle for long life before new year in Japan. I would like to make Fresh Lo Mein Noodles!

    • bingoinfo profile image


      6 years ago from East

      I love Chinese noodle very much. They make it in many ways. One day, I visited a middle city which is called Zhenjiang (close to Shanghai). The famous noodle is 'pot cover noodle (guogaimian)'. So Yummy.

    • rob_allen profile image


      6 years ago from MNL, PH

      We have our very own Chinese noodles here in the Philippines. we call it pancit and it is also associated with long life :)


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