Grandma’s Mian Tiao


It is a tradition to eat noodles in Chinese New Year. Noodles, 面条 (mian tiao) are the symbol of longevity in Chinese culture. Since noodles do symbolize long life, it is considered very unlucky to cut up a strand.

My grandmother used to be the head of the kitchen, and she would make this every year for Chinese New Year. Now, her traditional recipe still carries on every year. =]

1 package of mian tiao (or any long noodles)
200 g shrimp, chopped
300 g pork, minced
A handful wood-ear mushrooms, chopped
A handful shiitake, sliced
2 green onions, chopped
1 TBS soy sauce

1. Boil a pot of water. Submerge the mian tiao in boiled water for 1 minute. Drain and rinse with cold water.

2. Heat up oil in a big wok. Sauté minced pork. Add shrimp and mushrooms. Sauté until shrimp and pork are cooked.

3. Add green onions, and sauté for about 1 minute.

4. Add the mian tiao and soy sauce. Mix until the soy sauce is evenly distributed.

You’re welcomed to add any other ingredients as you like. But we’d like to keep it simple as the dish was meant to be. If the noodle feels a bit sticky while cooking it, pour some more oil in.

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