Longevity Noodles

While Westerners celebrate their birthdays with cake, the Chinese celebrate with noodles to signify a wish for a long and happy life. People show respect at an elder's birthday party by serving extra-long noodles.


4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 333
Caloriesfromfat 28 %
Fat 10.5 g
Satfat 1.8 g
Monofat 3.4 g
Polyfat 4.3 g
Protein 17.3 g
Carbohydrate 45.9 g
Fiber 6.4 g
Cholesterol 65 mg
Iron 3.8 mg
Sodium 344 mg
Calcium 61 mg


1 tablespoon dry white wine or water
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
20 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1/2 pound)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups sliced fresh shiitake mushroom caps
1 cup diagonally sliced carrot
4 cups hot cooked whole-wheat spaghetti or spaghettini (about 8 ounces uncooked pasta)
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 tablespoons minced green onions
Fresh shiitake mushroom (optional)
Radish (optional)


Combine first 5 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag; add shrimp to bag. Seal bag, and marinate shrimp in refrigerator 15 minutes. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp mixture, and sauté 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and carrot; stir-fry 2 minutes. Stir in pasta, vinegar, and salt, and cook for 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with onions. Garnish with shiitake mushroom and radish, if desired.


May 1998
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