Sunday, October 23, 2011

Birthday Longevity Noodles


DH had his birthday recently. In our family, birthday is celebrated by spending quality time together (the whole family) and eating out for that day. Sometimes, I would bake a cake for the occasion.

This year, instead of feasting out, I thought it could be a good idea to have a special meal at home. DH always prefer something simple.

So, I made longevity noodles for dinner and the children got DH a surprised cake for his birthday. Being a Chinese, I grew up to the tradition of eating longevity noodles on my birthdays. It is believes that eating these noodles is auspicious as the long strands of noodles symbolize a long life.

Instead of just cooking a bowl of longevity noodle for the birthday boy (man), I served this to the whole family. 


This is my own version of longevity noodles (using organic Mi Sua)

Longevity Noodles Soup

Ingredients (Serves 5 –we are small eaters)
- 1liter clear chicken stock
- 1 carrot, peeled and cut to thin strips
- 1 Japanese cucumber, cut to thin strips
- 5 hard boiled eggs, halved
- 5 drumsticks
- a handful of wolfberry (Kei chi)
- 5 shitakei mushroom (rinsed and soaked in 1 cup of water for 30 mins)
- 300gm of organic mi sua noodle


  1. Hard boil 5 eggs.To cook perfect hard boiled eggs, place eggs in saucepan of cold water (enough water to cover eggs). Bring to a boil for about 2 minutes, off the flame and cover with lid for about 10 minutes. Rinse the eggs with cold water till they are cooled. Crack the eggs gently with a spoon and remove shell. Cut in half.
  2. Cut the Shitakei mushrooms into half  and set aside. Strain the water from the Shitakei mushroom and set aside.
  3. Add the water from the mushroom into the chicken stock and bring to a boil in a pot.
  4. Add in the drumsticks, mushrooms and wolfberry. Once the broth starts to boil, reduce the flame and simmer till the drumsticks are cooked. Season with salt to taste.
  5. Rinse mi sua in cold water to remove the starch, then cook them in a saucepan of boiling water for about 2-3 minutes, separating the strands with chopsticks. Take out the cooked mi sua and set in individual bowls
  6. Pour the hot broth over the noodles, then place a drumstick, cucumber, carrot, eggs on top.

The Broth The Broth

After the healthy dinner, we had this as dessert.

PA130574 The Green Tea sponge Birthday cake :)

Happy Birthday, DH….

Many more happy returns of the day!!!

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