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.
White pepper powder
1 scallion greens
Fry one egg. We like our eggs a little crispy. Fry it in 2 tsp of hot vegetable oil.
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.
Transfer cooked noodles to the bowl. Add 1 1/2 cup of noodle-cooking water. Stir well.
Top noodles with the fried egg and finely chopped scallions.
Serve noodles with some pickled mustard.
* Vegan option.
Instead of egg, serve noodles with dried tofu. See the image below.