Not a week goes by that there isn’t a noodle dish on our dinner table. Today, we’re celebrating my son’s birthday and we’re still into Chinese New Year festivities. That said, I couldn’t let these events go by without a big platter of noodles.
Noodles symbolize long life in Asian culture. This is why when cooking this dish or any noodle entrée for that matter, you must resist the urge to cut the noodles before it is cooked. I didn’t come up with that rule. It’s just one of the things passed on from generations before me.
This year the world will celebrate the Lunar Year of the Snake starting February 10. To get ready, Asian homes have been scrubbed from top to bottom, debts have been paid (or so we hope), new clothes have been bought, money gifts bestowed and a lot of traditional food is prepared. Families will come together to give thanks for their blessings.
I was inspired to add these pork meatballs and beef slices from the past week’s holdovers ~ a meatball dish and a beef roast. The transparent noodles in this dish are a staple in my pantry. They are easy to prepare by simply pre-soaking a few minutes, then adding them to the stir fry already happening in the skillet. Altogether, this makes an amazing noodle extravaganza filled with layers of flavors and ingredients ~ a perfect symbol of abundance and prosperity.
For the complete recipe of this Stir Fry Noodles with Pork Meatballs, Beef and Vegetables, head on to Homemade Quirk, the community blog of Quirk Books. They’ve got some great reads over there, so you may want to hang out a while!