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
- 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.
- Cut the Shitakei mushrooms into half and set aside. Strain the water from the Shitakei mushroom and set aside.
- Add the water from the mushroom into the chicken stock and bring to a boil in a pot.
- 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.
- 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
- Pour the hot broth over the noodles, then place a drumstick, cucumber, carrot, eggs on top.
After the healthy dinner, we had this as dessert.
Happy Birthday, DH….
Many more happy returns of the day!!!