Chinese New Year Long Life Noodles Recipe

Feb 7, 2013 5:31 pm

Long Chinese New Year noodles equals long life

Photo: Biz Urban Photography
Photo: Biz Urban Photography
Just in time for the Year of the Snake, these noodles symbolize a long (and lucky) year.

If Los Angeles Chef Jet Tila can break world records for Longest California Roll and Biggest Stir-Fry, it's logical to conclude that his long life noodles — a Chinese New Year staple dish — will help us all break the record for Longest Life Owed To A Noodle. 

Ginger-soy marinated chicken mingles with tender egg noodles in this classic Chinese New Year recipe, the perfect dish to knock out if you believe the old legend that ordering takeout on Chinese New Year is bad luck. 

Servings: 2


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
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
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 or Chinese broccoli
5 black Chinese mushrooms soaked 30 minutes, stems discarded, sliced
3 green onions, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

For the marinade:

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

For the sauce:

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

For assembly:

  1. Heat 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. Garnish with green onions.

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Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
30 minutes plus marinating time
Cooking Time: 
10 minutes
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