Longevity Noodles

Photos by Phoenix Zhang.

Deeply rooted in the Chinese concept of longevity, these noodles represent good fortune, health and a prosperous life. Legend has it that the longer the noodles, the longer the life, making them an essential component of birthday celebrations and other auspicious occasions.

For the noodles:

  • 1 tsp dried small shrimps
  • 2 tsp seaweed
  • 1 tsp pickled mustard roots
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • 1 tsp green onions
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp white pepper powder
  • 1 egg


  1. Put the egg in the pan and fry on medium heat for a minute.
  1. Put the fried egg aside.
  2. Add all the rest of the ingredients to a bowl.
  1. Add boiling water (or any broth) to a pot.
  2. Simmer the noodles in the pot for a minute and add cold water.
  3. Continue simmering the noodles until the water in the pot boils again.
  1. Put the fried egg and the simmered noodles in the bowl.
  2. Enjoy!