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Yesterday was my birthday! Many people eat noodles on their birthdays in China. Noodles symbolize longevity. The noodles on birthdays are called longevity noodles. On this day, people wish themselves f a long healthy life and many more to come.

Each household has its traditions and preferences for making birthday noodles.

This is how I like to prepare them. Simple, quick, but meaningful.

Ingredients - 2 Servings

  • 80g to 100g thin noodles. My family uses wheat noodles. I prefer soba (buckwheat) noodles, healthier.

  • 1 egg

  • Vegetable oil

  • Soy sauce

  • Sesame oil

  • White pepper powder

  • 1 scallion greens

  • Salt


  1. Boil noodles.

  2. Fry one egg. We like our eggs a little crispy. Fry it in 2 tsp of hot vegetable oil.

  3. In a serving bowl. Add 2 tsp soy sauce, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp sesame oil, and 1/4 tsp white pepper powder.

  4. Transfer cooked noodles to the bowl. Add 1 1/2 cup of noodle-cooking water. Stir well.

  5. Top noodles with the fried egg and finely chopped scallions.

  6. Serve noodles with some pickled mustard.

* Vegan option.

Instead of egg, serve noodles with dried tofu. See the image below.


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