Chinese New Year Long Life Noodles

Chinese New Year Long Life Noodles

January 22, 2019

Author: KatieChin

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Chinese New Year Long Life Noodles

Chinese New Year is right around the corner and falls on February 5th, 2019!!  Gung Hay Fat Choy!!  It is the Year of the Pig.  Serve Chinese New Year Long Life Noodles to usher in longevity and Good Fortune in the New Year!

I hope you enjoy these Chinese New Year Long Life Noodles with your family for Chinese New Year.  It’s a two-week celebration filled with laughter and good cheer.  Noodles are traditionally served on Chinese New Year Day to symbolize longevity…the longer the noodle, the longer the life!   Noodles should always be served uncut to ensure an extra long life.  Other auspicious foods to serve on Chinese New Year include Potstickers (their shape resembles a gold ingot, an ancient form of Chinese currency), whole fish (to symbolize abundance:  the Chinese word for fish, “yu” sounds like the world for abundance), a whole chicken (to symbolize family unity and round shaped foods like black mushrooms to symbolize riches.   I like to get all my Chinese New Year party decorations and accessories from Cost Plus World Market!

Chinese New Year Tablescape

Get your whole family into the act and dress everyone in red for good luck.  Other rituals include not sweeping on Chinese New Year day, so you don’t sweep out all your good luck and don’t scold your kids because only positive sentiments should come out of your mouth.  Also, don’t wash your hair on Chinese New Year day or you’ll wash out all of your good luck.  My personal favorite is making sure you step into new shoes on Chinese New Year day so you start the year off on the right foot!

Happy Chinese New Year Long Life Noodles


  • 8 ounces (1/2 box) spaghetti or linguine
  • 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 3/4 cup snow peas, blanched and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, julienned
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar


  1. Prepare noodles according to package directions. Rinse, drain and set aside.
  2. Toss the chicken pieces with the cornstarch, salt and white pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat a wok or large skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and swirl to coat. Add garlic and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken and stir-fry until it turns white.
  4. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Add the red pepper and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the bean sprouts, snow peas and carrots and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, white pepper and sugar and stir-fry until blended, about 1 minute. Add the reserve chicken and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the reserve noodles and toss until coated. Transfer to a platter and serve immediately.

Chinese New Year Long Life Noodles