Long life noodles are a traditional Chinese New Year recipe, symbolizing longevity, so eat them from the beginning to end without breaking them, or the good wish will be broken!
Shrimp are another lucky Lunar symbol, representing happiness, and you can also make this dish with scallops or lobster. Serves 4.
For the sauce
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 - 2 teaspoons chili oil or chili flakes, depending on your spice level
- 1 pack long life noodles
- 1 pound fresh white gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 4 teaspoons corn starch
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoon vegetable oil, divided
- 2 scallions, sliced in 1-inch pieces
- ½ red or yellow pepper, or a combination of both, thinly julienned
- To make the sauce, in a small bowl, mix 1 cup water water, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, scallions, and garlic, and set aside.
- Cook the noodles, but cook them 1-2 minutes less than the packet instructions, as they will keep cooking in the sauce.
- While the noodles are cooking, heat a a wok over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and heat until shimmering. Add the shrimp and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, until just cooked. Remove the shrimp to a bowl.
- Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil and stir-fry the scallions for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the red pepper and stir-fry for 1 minute, then add the shrimp and the sauce. Stir together.
- By now the noodles should be ready, so drain and add to the wok. Toss to combine everything well. Remove from the wok and serve immediately.
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