The Lunar New Year always involves plenty of eating. But it’s not just about gathering with friends and family to share in celebratory meals; each dish we eat and the days we consume them have significance and meaning. Longevity Noodles are among the most popular dishes enjoyed (and often) this time of year. I’m thrilled to share my Longevity Noodles recipe with you!

Longevity Noodles don’t have to be made with a specific noodle, although many would agree that traditionally, yi-mein or e-fu noodles are the most popular. These noodles are made with egg and wheat and have been a personal favourite of mine since I was little. In restaurants, we often see this as one of the final dishes at milestone birthdays, weddings, and significant celebrations.

The Cultural Significance and Meaning Behind Longevity Noodles

The significance of enjoying Longevity Noodles is that long noodles represent wishes for a longer life. Even as children, we were told that we should never cut noodles; otherwise, we were tempting fate. We would gladly slurp and chew the noodles, which were often quite simply made but oh so delicious! Comfort food, really!

To this date, e-fu noodles remain my favourite of all time. Recreating the dish at home and even with a few personal tweaks, is very easy.

I was excited to try the ingredients when Blue Dragon sent them. They provided an easy and fast recipe. I made the dish in under 10 minutes with the ingredients I had on hand. The flavours and texture of the noodles turned out to be very much like what we had ordered in the restaurant.

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Blue Dragon Medium Size Egg Noodles

Here’s the recipe, and don’t be afraid to make it your own! This is a keeper, not just for the Lunar New Year! The photos used here in this post are with my tweaks. The noodles are also great when making soup noodle bowls, too! Just add your broth, veggies, and shredded roasted chicken for a comfy weekday meal.

Blue Dragon Longevity Noodles

Ingredients

  • water
  • 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 340 g Blue Dragon Medium Egg Noodles (cook according to package instructions)
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Blue Dragon Oyster Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Blue Dragon Sesame Oil
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced (button mushroom or shiitake mushrooms)
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 3 sprigs green onions sliced

Directions

Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan over high. Add salt to water and cook noodles according to instructions on the package, until just under al dente, about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain noodles thoroughly in a colander and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Lift the noodles to separate and dry the strands. Set aside.

In a small bowl, stir together stock, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. Set aside.

Heat oil in a wok over high until shimmering and fragrant; swirl to coat the wok. Add garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until it starts to brown around the edges, about 10 seconds. Throw in the mushrooms and cook, stirring about 30 to 45 seconds. The mushrooms will soak up the oil, so add a bit more as needed if they look dry. Add bean sprouts; cook, stirring constantly, until wilted, about 1 minute.

Stir sauce and add to mixture in wok; bring to a boil over high. Add noodles to wok; cook, stirring constantly, until noodles absorb the sauce, about 2 minutes. Season with additional soy sauce to taste. Add the green onions and transfer the noodles to a platter. Serve immediately.

My notes:

This can be used as a side dish or entrée. I went to my local Chinese BBQ shop and ordered some Char-siu (BBQ pork) to include. You can also add other veggies like carrots (cut up matchstick size), baby bok choy, or even baby spinach (add this one near the end of cooking to slightly wilt). Like a little spice? Have Asian-style chili oil handy. Yum!

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A few items in the Blue Dragon line

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