Long Life Fertility Noodles with Happy Shrimp

Long Life Fertility Noodles with Happy Shrimp

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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

Top-ranked recipe named "Long Life Fertility Noodles with Happy Shrimp"

4.7 avg, 14 review(s) 92% would make again

Ingredients

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6 ounces thin spaghetti noodles
7 ounces shrimp; deveined
1 tsp kosher or sea salt; divided
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup snow peas; sliced thin on diagonal
1/2 cup carrots; matchstick cut
1 clove garlic; finely minced
1 tsp Soy sauce
1 tsp Chinese rice wine; (or dry sherry)
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp cooking oils

Original recipe makes 4

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Preparation

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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This tasted great! I left the shrimp covered in the corn starch and fried them in a second pan, then later added them to the mix. Next time I want to double sauce noodle sucked up everything.
2dogsandjoy 4 months ago
Great recipe and super easy to make! Super easy to switch around veggies too!
ashleybrant 10 months ago
Coolest recipe just because of the idea behind it.
Haileydickens 10 months ago
I used regular spaghetti and anisado wine (bought it by mistake). Still, it tastes amazing with the right amount of saltiness.
andreskris 10 months ago
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 1 year ago
Delicious! Even my son, an avid seafood hater, loves it!
Mjblanco322 1 year ago
xtinapg-m 1 year ago
Wow - 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!
Correnag 2 years ago
A question; why do you put salt and cornstarch on the shrimp if you're just going to wash it off??
Atomus 2 years ago
Very 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
ArieleatyourheartoutSmith 2 years ago
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