Longevity Noodles

Longevity Noodles

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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
273 Calories
8g Fat
38g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 273
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 1505mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 12g
Calcium 85mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Symbolizing a long life, this is a popular dish on birthdays and other celebratory occasions. This simple version is basically an egg drop soup served over noodles. It is also a nice way to use up leftover cooked ham. For a contrast in texture and color, add a green vegetable. 


  • 8 cups water 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound dried thin egg noodles or spaghetti
  • Sauce:
  • 3 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 4 teaspoons water
  • White or black pepper to taste
  • For Poached Eggs, Optional:
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Garnish: 3 green onions (spring onions, finely chopped)
  • Garnish: 1/2 to 2/3 cup chopped cooked ham

Steps to Make It

  1. Bring the salted water to a boil and parboil the noodles, using chopsticks to separate them. Rinse the noodles repeatedly in cold water and drain thoroughly. Divide the noodles equally among soup bowls.

  2. Bring the broth or stock to a boil over medium heat. Stir in the soy sauce, sesame oil, and pepper. Give the cornstarch and water a quick re-stir and stir it in.

  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the beaten egg, pouring it slowly through the tines of a fork and stirring rapidly in one direction for about 1 minute.

  4. Pour the hot broth over the noodles. Garnish with the chopped ham and green onion.

To Include Poached Eggs: 

  1. Use the wok to poach the eggs.

  2. The poached eggs are placed on the noodles and the sauce is poured over. Garnish with the green onion and the sliced ham as in the recipe above.