Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Recipe: Longevity noodles with prawns, leeks and tofu pok in soup (CNY)

During CNY, longevity noodles (aka sau mein 壽麵) is often eaten as it represents a "long life". One of the ways we would cook it is to serve it with soup, along with several other auspicious ingredients. 

Longevity noodles with prawns, leeks and tofu pok in soup

This is something I grew up eating - my grandmother as well as mum would often cook this for us, usually for CNY lunch or a light dinner. It is a nice, welcoming change after all the heavy feasting during the reunion dinner and CNY meals.

With our noodles, we would add chicken slices, tofu pok, sliced Chinese mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, leeks, cabbage and prawns. A bowl of noodles representing wealth, longevity, prosperity and happiness ;)

My cheeky monkey ;)

Longevity noodles with prawns, leeks and tofu pok in soup
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

250g longevity noodles
1.5l water
1 chicken stock cube
2 tbsp cooking oil
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
6 Chinese mushrooms, rehydrated and sliced
100g chicken breast, sliced thinly
8 prawns, peeled and deveined
5 leeks, trimmed and sliced at an angle
1 pack tofu pok
2 packs enoki mushroom
3 cabbage, sliced

6-8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
5-6 cili padi, deseeded and chopped
Soy sauce

1. In a large wok,  heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic, and cook for 2 minutes, until lightly browned. Then, add the Chinese mushroom and stir fry for about 1 minute. Add the water and dissolve the chicken stock cube and bring to the boil.

2. In a separate pot, bring a pot of water to the boil, then cook the noodles for 2 minutes. Remove and drain.

3. To the wok, add the tofu pok and cook for 2 minutes, followed by the chicken and leeks (white part) and cook for 2 minutes. Then, add cabbage, leeks (green part) and enoki mushrooms, as well as cooked noodles and prawns and cook for another 1-2 minutes.  Finally, taste and season with salt as required. Divide into bowls and serve with a condiment of garlic, chilli and soy sauce.


I am submitting this to the "Cook & Celebrate: CNY 2016" event which I am co-hosting with Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Diana of The Domestic Goddess Wannabe. To join, simply cook or bake any Chinese New Year recipes from 15 January 2016 to 22 February 2016.

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  1. A food that means a lot of things. I love it! I love the flavor combo! :)

  2. Ahhhhh!!! That monkey look-alike, so cute! :D

  3. Hi Yen,

    I laughed looking at your pic of your little cheeky monkey! He is so cute with his actions.

    Very lovely noodles with a lot of lovely meanings to eat :)


  4. Hi Yen, yeah i agreed with Zoe. I laughed too looking at yr cheeky son. :D
    I don't think I've ever eaten longevity noodles in soup. Usually it is stir-fry. Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Hi Yen,
    Like this bowl of yummy noodles with all the auspicious meanings !

  6. I hope you had a brilliant Chinese New Year!! Hehe your little monkey is so adorable! :D

  7. love the pic of your cute and cheeky monkey! :)


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