Chinese New Year, Lantern Festival, and Long Life Noodle Recipe


After spending many weeks preparing for the Year of the Snake, it’s hard to believe it is already the end of the Chinese New Year festivities. We’ve learned quite a lot about Chinese culture, calligraphy, and paper lantern making along the way. While we’ve checked out more than our fair share of library books on the subject, a few stood out as excellent resources on the history of the holiday and as resources for New Year themed crafts.

Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures: Imperial China (Magic School Bus) by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes by Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz, Meilo So

The Year of the Rat by Grace Lin


Dressed in our finest red outfits, we couldn’t wait to start preparing our Lantern Festival feast. Noodle soup, fried rice, long life noodles, and tofu prepared two ways (ginger and General Tso’s) graced the table, and we just couldn’t wait to dig in.


If the picture above has given you an appetite, here is the recipe for making your own Long Life Noodles. Long, unbroken noodles are said to give a long life, so by all means, go back for seconds!

3 carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 TBS ginger root, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 pound cooked bucatini
3 TBS soy sauce
2 TBS Kecap Manis (or substitute with a sweetener like Agave Syrup)
1 TBS sesame oil

Saute onion and carrots over medium heat until they start to brown. Add rest of vegetables and stir fry until tender. Add bucatini, and the mix in soy sauce, Kecap Manis, and sesame oil to taste for the sauce.



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