Chinese New Year Recipe

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Vegetable Noodle | by Puamelia http://www.flickr.com/photos/ykjc9/3916639722/ via Creative Commons

While January 1st is easy enough to remember, the specific date of the Chinese New year varies every year, dependent on a combination of lunar and solar movements. Same with any national and local observances, the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated on the 31st this year, also comes with different customs and tradition. One of which is dining on sumptuous Chinese dishes for a savory and sweet spread. Whether you’re celebrating with a few close friends for an intimate dinner or throwing a huge CNY party, here’s a delicious recipe you can add to your dinner menu for an authentic Chinese New Year feast:

Vegetable Fried Noodles

The Chinese believe that long noodles symbolize long life. And you can definitely take the time to cook this 20-minute recipe for a possible 20 additional years to your life. This recipe is perfect for vegetarians but if you need meat, you can definitely stir fry some meat strips to add.

Ingredients:
4 oz/120g glass noodles
5 whole shitake mushroom, cut into pieces
3 mini carrots, cut into strips
1 oz/30g cabbage, shredded
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
½ teaspoon white pepper
1 stalk scallion, cut into strips
1 small onion, quartered
¼ cup water

Directions:
1. Soak noodles for 15 minutes in warm water to soften. Drain and set aside.
2. Heat up a wok (or any really big pan) on medium heat and add the oil.
3. Add and stir-fry the onion, mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, and bean sprouts.
4. Stir in the water, white pepper, and oyster sauce.
5. Add the noodles and stir continuously until cooked.
6. Add the scallions. Serve.

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