My daughter is turning two-year old today according to the Chinese lunar calendar. In Chinese culture, newborn starts at 1 year of age. I find it a bit funny too, because we haven’t celebrated her first birthday if we are to go by the regular calendar lol. This tradition is still strongly practice in Chinese family, including ours. My mom always refer to the lunar calendar whenever she tells us dates. So, I always verify with her to make sure we get the right date on the International/western calendar.
Now, you may ask what Chinese lunar calendar is. It is quite a long historical story to read at wikipedia. It will be on different date each year, unlike the International calendar/western calendar, your birthday doesn’t change 😉 So my mom often have to tell us when our Chinese birthday is every year. She taught us how to read the calendar too, but we always double check with her just in case we read it wrongly ;b
So, as part of the Chinese tradition, my mom always prepared red eggs along with mee sua noodles for us when we were young on our birthdays, then it changed to stir-fry noodles when we grew up. We like to use noodles for birthdays because noodles are long, which represent longevity for the Chinese 🙂
Please weigh ingredients with a digital kitchen scale instead of using measuring cups as they are not very accurate especially when it comes to recipe that requires precision.
- 4 Tbsp uncooked ground pork + 1/2 Tbsp corn starch + 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce + a pinch of sugar
- 1 Tbsp of onion - finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic - minced
- 1 bundle of mee sua - gently rinse with come cold water prior to cooking
- 1/4 zucchini - peeled and cut into thin slices- you can leave the skin in, my daughter doesn't like the skin as she only have three front teeth ;b
- 1/2 Tbsp of soy sauce
- 1/2 Cups of chicken broth
- 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil
- Sesame oil for drizzle
- Cook mee sua in a boiling water and stir constantly. Be careful not to overcook the mee sua or they will turn into a mush. Discard the cooking water and portion them into individual serving bowl
- Mix the pork with the cornstarch, sugar and soy sauce. Wet your hands and form into tiny meat balls, about 1/4 inch or whatever size that won't present choking hazard to your child
- Preheat a medium to large pot. Add in some oil. Add in onions and stir fry until onions are translucent and soft. Add in garlic and stir fry for 15 seconds. Add in the zucchini and stir fry until they are limp. Add in soy sauce and continue to stir fry for another minute. Add in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add in the mini pork balls into the boiling broth and cook for another minute. Taste and add more soy sauce or salt if needed. Turn off the heat
- Laddle the soup over the prepared mee sua in the individual serving bowls. Drizzle with sesame oil
She just woke up from her nap and ready to pounce on the mee sua noodles and red eggs for lunch, which she finished the whole bowl of mee sua. She just ate a bit of the eggs and played with it after that. Everything is a toy 🙂
Happy 1st birthday my love 🙂 Thank you for bringing so much fun into our life and making us laughed and said “Mommy Daddy love you” everyday. I hope you won’t get any zits from us kissing your cheeks too much. It’s irresistible. If you read this when you are old enough to read, you probably will laugh at your mommy for being silly 🙂 It’s hard to describe with words how much we love you. We just love you so very much. MUACHHH!!! Now, can you sign “eat” “eat” for Mommy ? lol!