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2020 Longevity Noodles

February 3, 2020

Target Healthy Eating

We are having the time of our lives experimenting with Chinese ingredients and adapting Chinese recipes. The latest are these longevity noodles, which are unbelievably delicious. It's hard to believe that these few ingredients could pack such a umami delivery to the taste buds. I made enough of this recipe to feed guests and to have enough leftovers for us, the rest of the weekend. My contribution to this recipe is my anchovy/garlic paste, that I use whenever possible, in place of salt, but of course, by adding these two flavorfull items, the depth of flavor is increased, and the umami is released. Hope you'll give this recipe a try. I promise, you'll love the results. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Chinese recipes appearing in the recipe section, were of course, influenced by the purchase of Target Health Inc. by dMed in Shanghai, resulting in Target Health LLC, at 261 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Both sides, Shanghai and Manhattan, cannot help being influenced by each others cultures. Here in the Big Apple we're enjoying the positive challenge and welcome the adventure. New York employees are learning Mandarin and we know that our Shanghai colleagues speak good English. Food is such a basic human pleasure, it's an easy way for cultures to share. We have been eating Chinese recipes that I have adapted, for several months now and enjoying everything. Above, the Lo Mein noodles are served with zucchini balls (mozzerella in center). ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Above is an earlier experiment with Chinese noodles. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Chinese noodles served with Dover sole. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


12 ounces thin fresh lo main noodles

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

12 to 16 ounces boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1/4-inch-thick, bite-size slices

1 Tablespoon finely shredded ginger

1 teaspoon plus 1 Tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon plus 1 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce

4 anchovies ground with 4 garlic cloves in mortar & pestle. Divide into 3 portions.

1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

2 Tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil

1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes

5 ounces (about 3 cups) thinly sliced cabbage (use a mandolin)

4 ounces (about 2 cups) fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps thinly sliced

1/2 cup finely shredded scallions

Fresh Chives: for garnish, very well chopped

All ingredients are easy to find. If your local grocery doesn't have one, try Amazon, FreshDirect or Whole Foods. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


1. Do all your chopping, grinding, slicing now.

Grinding anchovies with fresh garlic cloves. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Ingredients have been added to chicken pieces in bowl. Now, about to mix together and let sit until needed. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Unless you are very adept at slicing cabbage very very thin, you should use a mandolin. The cabbage must be sliced very thin. Later when you eat the Longevity noodles, you will sense a crunch, but you won't be aware that you're eating cabbage. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
  1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to boil over high heat and cook noodles until just done, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water until cool, then shake well to remove water. Return noodles to pot, add sesame oil, and toss.
  2. Put chicken in a shallow bowl and add ginger, one teaspoon rice wine, cornstarch, one teaspoon soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Mix gently combining all ingredients. Set aside until needed.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining one Tablespoon rice wine and one Tablespoon soy sauce. Set aside.
  4. Heat a wok or skillet, over high heat until a bead of water evaporates almost on contact. Swirl in one Tablespoon peanut oil, add 1 portion of the anchovy/garlic paste, chili flakes and stir-fry 10 seconds using a metal spatula. Push this chili flakes mixture aside and add chicken, spreading in a single layer to maximize contact with the wok. Let cook undisturbed one minute, until chicken begins to sear.
  5. Stir-fry chicken and chili/anchovy/garlic together, tossing, in the pan or wok, for a minute or 2 until just done. Remove to a bowl.
Chicken is being cooked with 1 portion of the anchovy/garlic paste. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
  1. Add cabbage, 1 portion of anchovy/garlic paste and mushrooms and stir-fry one minute until just wilted but not cooked. Empty into the bowl with chicken.
Mushrooms being cooked. Everything smells wonderful! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Cabbage was sliced so thin, it almost looks like the noodles. Cooking all the cabbage with mushrooms. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Cabbage was sliced so thin, it almost looks like the noodles. Cooking all the cabbage with mushrooms. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
  1. Reheat your skillet or wok, swirl in remaining one tablespoon peanut oil, and add the last portion of anchovy/garlic paste, and Lo Mein noodles. Stir-fry 30 seconds, moving constantly to heat through.
Finally, combine all ingredients together. I used tongs to do this. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
  1. Swirl soy sauce-rice wine mixture and add to your skillet or wok along with chicken-vegetable mixture and scallions. Stir-fry a minute or 2 until chicken and vegetables are heated through.
Heating up, just before serving. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
  1. Serve after garnishing the top with finely chopped chives, along or with extra protein like fish, seafood and a crisp salad.
We could not believe how delicious this was. Everyone who tries it, literally, gobbles it down. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Our favorite white, chilled Pouilly-Fuisse, was perfect with the Longevity Noodles. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC.

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