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Longevity Noodles

Long noodles mean long life, which is why this stir-fried noodle dish is a Lunar New Year staple!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 6


  • 12 ounces Yi Mein noodles (or other Chinese noodles)
  • ⅛ tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt 
  • 1 tbsp hot water
  • 2 tsp regular soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce 
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 3-4 tbsp vegetable oil (divided)
  • 5 shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz Chinese chives, cut into 2-inch pieces, with light and dark greens separated


  1. Boil water in a large wok or pot to pre-cook the noodles. Once boiling, add the noodles. Cook until al dente, about 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Dissolve the sugar and salt in 1 tbsp hot water. Add the both soy sauces, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and white pepper. Stir until combined.
  3. Heat the wok until just smoking, and spread 2 tablespoons of oil around the perimeter.
  4. Add the mushrooms and the light green parts of the chives. Stir fry for 30 seconds. 
  5. Add the noodles and stir fry for another 30 seconds. Make sure the noodles are fully warmed.
  6. Spread the prepared sauce mixture evenly over the noodles, then stir-fry everything together for 1 minute, or until the soy sauce mixture is distributed evenly. If the noodles stick together, drizzle a bit more oil directly over the noodles. 
  7. Mix gently so you don’t break up the noodles. Longevity noodles are supposed to be long!
  8. Add in the remaining green parts of the chives and mix until they turn bright green and the noodles are heated through, about 2-3 minutes.
  9. Serve and enjoy!