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Long Life Noodles Recipe

Long Life NoodleWith Chinese New Year’s right around the corner, we would be remiss if we left you to your own devices.  So, we had to post at least one recipe for you that’s quite easy to make at home.  We think the most lucky and superstitious of the various different dishes one eats during Chinese New Year’s is Long Life Noodles.  The long noodles represent long UNBROKEN life.  So, for heavens sake, please do NOT cut them in to shorter lengths!

Long Life Noodles

Servings: 2 (adjust accordingly for more)

Ingredients

For the marinade:

1 1/2 teaspoons oyster sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon Chinese rice wine or gin
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, finely sliced
1/2 teaspoon thin or supreme soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
white pepper, to taste
1/2 pound chicken, thinly sliced

For the sauce:

1 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 3 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon dark soy
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
white pepper, to taste

Assembly:

3 tablespoons cooking oil
1/2 pound fresh egg noodles, cooked
1 1/2 tablespoons ginger, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1/2 cup bamboo shoots strips
1/4 pound baby bok choy (you know what it’s good for!) or Chinese broccoli
5 black Chinese mushrooms soaked 30 minutes, stems discarded, sliced
3 green onions, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

Directions

For the marinade:

  • Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and reserve.

For the sauce:

  • In a large bowl, combine all marinade ingredients and add chicken. Let stand for 30 minutes.

Preparation:

  1. Long Life Noodle SoupHeat pan to high and add oil. Add garlic and cook until light brown. Add noodles to pan and cook until tender, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add ginger, bok choy, and mushrooms and let cook for about 30 seconds. Add the chicken with marinade and cook for about two minutes or until chicken is almost cooked, while continually stirring.
  3. Add sauce mixture and cornstarch slurry, let come to a boil for about 1 to 2 minutes. It should thicken up. Add more cornstarch slurry if necessary.
  4. Garnish with green onions.

May you live long AND prosper!

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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