Lunar New Year: Long Life Noodles

Bursting with savory and umami flavors, this Long Life Noodle recipe from Hawai’i is simple, yet delicious. Food is an important part of Lunar New Year celebrations due to their symbolism. The main ingredients in this recipe—noodles, mushrooms, garlic, and scallions—all symbolize longevity. While the type of noodles may vary among the cultures that celebrate Lunar New Year, the idea remains the same: The longer the noodle, the longer the life!



  • 12 oz noodles. Look for yi mein, longevity, or e-fu noodles, though any noodles will work in a pinch!

  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced

  • 1 bunch green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces, white and green separated

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced


  • 2 TBS soy sauce

  • 2 TBS oyster sauce

  • 1 TBS sesame oil

  • 2 tsp white pepper


  1. In a small bowl mix together all sauce ingredients: soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and white pepper. Set aside.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil the noodles for 3 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain and set aside.

  3. In a large pan, sauté the mushrooms for a few minutes. Add the garlic and the white part of the green onions. Saute until the garlic is golden.

  4. Add the drained noodles into the pan. Cook for another minute until everything is combined.

  5. Pour the sauce mixture evenly over the noodles. Give it a good mix and stir (try not to break the noodles).

  6. Add the green parts of the green onions. Cook for another minute.

  7. Slide the finished noodles onto a plate. Enjoy!


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