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.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 333
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 10.5g
  • Saturated fat: 1.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 4.3g
  • Protein: 17.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 45.9g
  • Fiber: 6.4g
  • Cholesterol: 65mg
  • Iron: 3.8mg
  • Sodium: 344mg
  • Calcium: 61mg


  • 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)


  1. 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.
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