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Birthday Mee Sua (Longevity Noodles)


Birthday Mee Sua (Longevity Noodles) Recipe

Birthday Mee Sua (Longevity Noodles) Recipe

Chinese love to eat these noodles during birthdays and auspicious occasions. Eat the noodles immediately upon serving, as the mee sua will soak up the soup quickly.

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 2 bundles of mee suah (flour vermicelli; or any other long noodles)
  • sesame oil to taste
  • 4 baby abalone from the canned; drained
  • hard-boiled chicken or quail eggs*
  • spring onions thinly sliced; for garnishing

* To cook hard boiled chicken eggs, place eggs in saucepan of cold water (enough water to cover eggs). Bring to a boil for about 2 minutes, turn off the stove and cover with lid for 10 minutes. For quail eggs, cover eggs with sufficient water and boil for 5 minutes. Rinse cooked eggs with cold water before peeling.

(A) Chicken Soup

  • 2 large chicken drumsticks blanched in boiling water for 5 minutes, rinsed
  • chicken bones blanched in boiling water for 5 minutes, rinsed
  • 1.2 litres water
  • 1 medium onion roughly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves slightly bruised
  • 100 grams fresh shiitake mushrooms caps only
  • 1/2 tbsp wolfberries (gojiberry) soaked in a bowl of water to rehydrate until plump
  • salt to taste


Chicken Soup

  1. In a soup pot, add (A) except wolfberries and salt. Simmer for about 1 hour, or until chicken is tender. Add drained wolfberries during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Season to taste with salt.

Birthday mee sua bowl

  1. Cook mee sua in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds, separating the strands with chopsticks.
  2. Transfer the cooked mee sua to two serving bowls. Coat the mee sua with some sesame oil.
  3. When ready to serve, reheat chicken soup and add the baby abalones to warm through for a few minutes (do not overcook).
  4. Top each bowl of mee sua with one chicken drumstick, baby abalone, mushrooms, hard boiled eggs and baby abalone. Ladle hot chicken stock over, garnish with spring onions and serve immediately.

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48 Responses to “Birthday Mee Sua (Longevity Noodles)”

  1. zoe — August 28, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

    I love this soup! I have some rice noodles that could work with this. Thanks!


  2. a_foxie_smile — August 28, 2009 @ 11:49 pm

    Just thought i would tell you he good news, that the cholesterol in eggs is not thought cause high cholesterol in humans. So you can eat without fear.

    the cholesterol we get from our food – and this includes eggs – has less effect on the amount of cholesterol in our blood than the amount of saturated fat we eat. So, if you are eating a balanced diet you only need to cut down on eggs if you have been told to do so by your GP or dietitian. If your GP has told you to watch your cholesterol levels, your priority should be cutting down on saturated fats.


    • wiffy replied: — August 29th, 2009 @ 10:22 am

      Thanks for sharing :)


  3. Cookie — August 29, 2009 @ 12:27 am

    We always have noodles on birthdays too! Recently though we’ve actually done pasta a few times too. Hey, as long as the noodles are long, it means longevity right?


    • wiffy replied: — August 29th, 2009 @ 10:23 am

      Yes! I think spaghetti has been used before in longevity noodles. In fact, I’m going to try it next time. I think it’s easier to slurp than mee suah which tends to stick together :D


  4. didally — August 31, 2009 @ 11:23 am

    I love the crabsticks and abalone! I cooked this for myself just last month. :P Added pork shabu shabu and hard boiled eggs. :D


  5. juhuacha — September 21, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

    I made this for my hubby on his birthday and he loves it. Thanks for this simple recipe.


    • wiffy replied: — September 23rd, 2009 @ 10:32 am

      I’m glad to hear that :-) How sweet of you to prepare for your hubby :-)


  6. Venise — January 23, 2014 @ 11:05 am

    Hello! What is abalone broth?


    • wiffy replied: — January 23rd, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

      the soup from the can of abalone.


  7. tigerfish — August 20, 2014 @ 7:51 am

    Of course, without doubt, this bowl of noodles must be so delicious too with chicken soup as the base. I like your addition of quail eggs and abalone as “treats”. I need to cook this “immunity” soup soon when the cool season arrives. Sometimes, I skip one or two ingredients and of course the soup tastes different but when everything is in place, I do enjoy the “heat” from ginger, chili, sweetness from gojiberries, earthy-flavors from mushrooms and savory chicken.

    Errr…what does acronym “SO” means? whose birthday?


    • wiffy replied: — August 21st, 2014 @ 4:39 pm

      SO means “Significant Other” … hubby birthday :p

      Your recipe is a keeper, I frequently cook this soup since you posted it. The kitchen is always nice smelling while the soup is brewing. When it comes to birthday, just add mee sua and some treats to convert it to a birthday bowl. Usually I shred the chicken but it seems it is nicer to serve it with the whole drumstick for birthday. So happy, thanks for sharing your recipe.


      • tigerfish replied: — August 22nd, 2014 @ 7:15 am

        Haha, ok…now I know what is “SO”.
        My Dad’s b-day is on the 19th…so I thought whose b-day (on the 20th) was it on your side. “p

  8. Juliana — August 22, 2014 @ 7:31 am

    Nice noodle soup…yes, I remember having this soup when celebrating birthdays…and somehow we stop doing that…
    Thanks for the reminder. Hope you are enjoying your week :D


  9. Joyce koh — August 22, 2014 @ 11:14 am

    Wow….right timing, . I can cook this for my son’s fourteenth birthday next week. He’s a food lover ( my hubby too) Thank you n have a great weekend !


    • wiffy replied: — August 22nd, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

      I hope your family will enjoy this mee sua as much as we do. Happy early birthday to your son!


  10. cquek — August 23, 2014 @ 11:12 pm

    So much flavour , i am going to love it.



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