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For birthdays, new year and weddings, noodles are served to represent long life. Don’t be tempted to cut the noodles, or you’ll be “cutting your life short.” You may not be Chinese, but really, there’s no harm in covering all your bases. I mean, who knows what deity drew the short straw and was appointed to be in charge something so boring like “lifespan?
So, I created one easy dish that covered all your important bases – sort of cramming in as much good fortune as possible on one plate. The sesame seeds and pea pods in the noodles symbolize fertility (remember, if you don’t want children, substitute with any greens, bean sprouts or sliced bamboo shoots.) Shrimp, in Chinese, is pronounced “haa” which sounds like laughter, and may your marriage be full of happiness.
"This is very good and seasoned very well too. We especially enjoyed the crunch of the sesame seeds while munching on it! I skipped the cornstarch step as it seemed unnecessary since it's washed off in the next step, and used cooking sherry instead of rice wine. Mainly this was simply delightful and will be making it again!"- MauraSpeckt
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Bring a stockpot of water to boil. Add 1 tsp of salt to water and cook thin spaghetti, according to package directions. Drain well. While pasta is cooking, place shrimp in a small bowl and add the remaining ½ tsp of salt and the cornstarch. Mix well and let sit for 8 minutes. Rinse the shrimp well, washing off the salt and cornstarch. Pat very dry with paper towels.
In a wok or large skillet, heat cooking oil on high until hot but not smoking. Add shrimp and fry until just starting to change color, about 1 minute. Remove, keeping as much oil in wok as possible. Turn heat to medium and add garlic. Fry until fragrant, about 10 seconds then add the snow peas and carrots. Fry briefly, add the soy and rice wine. Turn heat to high and add the drained spaghetti noodles and shrimp. Toss well to combine. Let cook for 2 minutes, until shrimp is cooked through. Toss with sesame oil and sesame seeds.
Yields 2 auspicious servings
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ashleybrant 5 months agoGreat recipe and super easy to make! Super easy to switch around veggies too!
Haileydickens 6 months agoCoolest recipe just because of the idea behind it.
andreskris 6 months agoI used regular spaghetti and anisado wine (bought it by mistake). Still, it tastes amazing with the right amount of saltiness.
MauraSpeckt 8 months agoThis is very good and seasoned very well too. We especially enjoyed the crunch of the sesame seeds while munching on it! I skipped the cornstarch step as it seemed unnecessary since it's washed off in the next step, and used cooking sherry instead of rice wine. Mainly this was simply delightful and will be making it again!
Mjblanco322 8 months agoDelicious! Even my son, an avid seafood hater, loves it!
xtinapg-m 1 year ago
Correnag 1 year agoWow - made this with whole wheat pad Thai noodles, a little soy, and some garlic red chili paste. So clean and nutritious. One of my favorite means - seriously!
Atomus 1 year agoA question; why do you put salt and cornstarch on the shrimp if you're just going to wash it off??
ArieleatyourheartoutSmith 1 year agoVery yummy! I added more soy to my own plate after it was finished, but my husband said it tasted great the way it was. (All about your own tastebuds.) love the way this was written. And I did not add wine. Perfectly fine without it
kmhaslam 4 years agoBeautiful presentation Delicious and simple
paulette96 4 years agoI liked this because it has simple flavors and not a lot of competing tastes. I added a bit more soy sauce, left out the salt and the wine. Substituted rice vinegar.
stevemur 5 years agoI love the way this recipe is written, and the beautiful photograph accompanying it. Well done!
steamykitchen 5 years ago[I posted this recipe.]