There’s no excuse this Sunday not to celebrate Valentine’s Day. That’s because it’s your birthday too! Chinese legend has it that humans were created on the 7th Day of the Lunar calendar. So on the 7th Day of Chinese New Year – known as “Human Day” or Renri 人日 – we celebrate everyone’s birthday.
Since symbolism is always on the plate during Chinese New Year, I chose to feature this recipe of Lo Mein 捞面 with long strands of noodles. Noodles represent longevity in Chinese culture – a welcome wish on all of our birthdays.
Lo 捞 in Cantonese means ‘to stir’ or ‘toss up’. An act that correlates with well wishes in Chinese culture. So as you cook up this lo mein on the 7th Day of Chinese New Year, and stir & toss the noodles high up in the air, make all your wishes for the upcoming year (just like you’re blowing out candles on your birthday cake).