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Longevity Noodles

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This scallion noodle dish is a delicious and versatile vehicle for vegetables and meat. It’s cost-effective, lasts in the fridge, and is easy to customize. Put the pork in the freezer 30 minutes before slicing; it’ll cut more easily and you’ll get thinner slices.

Called “Longevity Noodles,” this Asian dish is also a favorite for Lunar New Year celebrations; it’s traditional to serve long noodles, symbolizing a long life.

12 dried Chinese black (shiitake) mushrooms
1 pound fresh Chinese noodles (or 1 pound cooked linguine)
4 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
3 scallions, cut into 1/2-inch slices, divided
1 pound pork loin, cut into thin pieces
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into strips
kosher or sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup bean sprouts
8 leaves napa cabbage, cut into strips
3 tablespoons chopped garlic chives (or scallions or chives)

Soak mushrooms in about 2 cups hot water; set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add noodles and return to a boil. As soon as water boils, add 1 cup cold water; return to a boil. As soon as water boils again, add 1 more cup cold water. When it returns to a boil, drain and rinse with cold water. Set noodles aside.

Drain mushrooms, slice thinly, and set aside.

In a large wok or sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil on high setting. Add half the scallions to pan and sauté until bright green and wilted, about 1 minute. Add pork and soy sauce; sauté, stirring often, about 2 minutes. Add carrots and salt to taste; cook, stirring often, about 2 minutes. Add bean sprouts; cook, stirring often, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring often, about 1 minute. Add cabbage; cook, stirring often, about 1 minute, or until wilted. Remove pan from heat.

In a separate wok or sauté pan, heat remaining oil on high setting. Add garlic chives and remaining scallions; sauté until wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Add collected liquid from pan of cabbage and pork. Add cooked noodles and stir well; saute 2 minutes, or until heated through and well coated. Add the cabbage/pork mixture, and toss well to coat noodles.