Gong 02 Chinese Birthday Noodles

Gong 02 Chinese Birthday Noodles - Stone Chen, 78 Retired...

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Stone Chen, 78 Retired Mechanical Engineer, Chinese Languages: English, Chinese Torrance, CA 4/2/08 Chinese Birthday Noodles One one’s birthday, everybody present at the celebration must eat long egg noodles such as those pictured to the right. It can be seasoned with simple substances such as soy sauce, onions, or chicken, but there must be no other excessive particles such as meat chunks or other vegetables present in this particular dish. My maternal grandfather told this tradition to me, though as a family had been practicing this more or less since I was a young child. He explained that each facet of the dish was symbolic; for this reason it was important that no corners were cut or exceptions made. Other dishes could be ordered or consumed at the same meal if desired, but it was imperative that this was ordered and eaten by every individual present. The long, continuous nature of the noodles themselves represent a long and fruitful life. The eggs in the noodles are symbolic of fertility,
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