The Year of the Horse & Long Life Noodle Soup


In celebration of Chinese New Year and The Year of the Horse  which officially began January 31st, I thought you might enjoy a repeat stroll through a Chinese garden, enjoying a little spring green instead of a blanket of snow :)


In addition to a garden stroll, there is a recipe included for Long Life Noodle Soup, which is light, healthy, easy and considered “lucky” if you eat the noodles long and don’t cut them.

Long Life Noodle Soup

Chinese New Year celebrations last 15 days, so there’s

 still time eat your “lucky” noodles for a long life.

Vancouver Chinatown & Garden8

The photos were taken during our visit

to Vancouver, BC two years ago.


 We walked through Chinatown on the way to Vancouver’s Chinese Garden, to see the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. We also visited the breathtaking Butchart Gardens, on our trip. If you have a chance to visit, I highly recommend a stop at both gardens.

Click on the mosaics to enlarge any photo.

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The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, was the first of its kind outside of China, built in 1985-1986, using the time-honored principles and techniques of the original Ming dynasty garden.


Fifty-two master craftsmen from Suzhou China, working with Canadian counterparts, completed this landscape masterpiece within a year. The intricate halls and walkways are constructed with precise joinery and without the use of nails, screws or glue.

Vancouver Chinatown & Garden4

You can read more about the design

elements of the Garden here.


In the meantime, journey back in time to 15th Century China

and enjoy this “window to another world”. . .

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“Lucky” foods are served during the 15 day Chinese New Year celebration.

For longevity eat your noodles long, never cut~ since long noodles represent a long life. Any type of noodle—thin chow mein noodles to broad rice noodles to the thicker Shanghai wheat noodles—is a must at Chinese New Year’s.


I pulled out my Mikasa Daylight to serve the soup. The shape of the bowl makes it difficult to see the broth, but it is about the same shade & color as the tea :)

Long Life Noodle Soup, serves 4

This soup is light, healthy, and comes together quickly! Use rice stick noodles for a gluten-free choice. I would add an extra teaspoon of Sriracha for a little more heat next time.


3 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth

1 1/2 cups water

1 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken breast

 1/2 cup grated carrot (about 1 medium)

1/2 cup thinly sliced snow peas

2 teaspoons Sriracha (hot chile sauce, such as Huy Fong)

2 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste

1 (2-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger

6 cups water

3 ounces uncooked wide rice sticks (rice-flour noodles, I found mine at World Market, but not the wide variety)

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions



1. Bring first 9 ingredients to a simmer in a medium saucepan; keep warm.

2. Bring 6 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add rice noodles; cook 3 minutes. Drain. Place about 1/4 cup rice noodles in each of 4 bowls.

3. Discard ginger. Add juice to broth mixture; stir. Ladle 1 1/3 cups broth mixture over each serving; top with 1 tablespoon each mint, cilantro, and green onions.

You can find a printable recipe from Cooking Light, here.


Gong Xi Fa Ca!

Wishing you prosperity in the coming year!

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  19 comments for “The Year of the Horse & Long Life Noodle Soup

  1. February 5, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I might need to eat some of that lucky soup for breakfast Mary, we’re in the middle of a big ice storm! Hoping it all turns to rain before I’m supposed to leave for work. Have a great day:@)

  2. Maryse d'Argence
    February 5, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Ce jardin Japonais est très romantique. J’aime beaucoup cette mosaïque du sol.
    Merci pour ce gentil partage.

  3. February 5, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Lovely way to celebrate the Lunar New Year!

  4. February 5, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Love the tranquility of the Chinese and Jpanese gardens. The architect is so intracuit and yet so simple and relaxing. The recipe is sure to be a keeper. Healthy and yet apitizing , and simple to make.

  5. franki
    February 5, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Lovely! We toured Butchart Gardens several years ago…on my wish list…it was a fairy tale come true! “Year of the Horse”…great….we’re set to go horseback riding in the ocean…can’t wait to get away from this snow!! franki

  6. February 5, 2014 at 9:10 am

    What a lovely respite from winter. We are warmer now but damp and gray skies.
    Love the soup and tablescape. I would love to tour the gardens.

  7. Pat
    February 5, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Thanks so much for that beautiful, much needed, Mini-Vacation!!!! 5 degrees high, -7 degrees low here in Colorado!!! The soup looks wonderful….just what the doctor ordered!!! :-) Stay Warm!!!!

  8. February 5, 2014 at 10:45 am

    stunning photography of a stunning spot, wow, the patience and artistry used to create the gardens is unbelievable! The soup is gorgeous too, nestled in the pretty Mikasa bowl~ I saw a chef making long noodles on TV recently, an amazing process and they sound so good. I will be sure not to cut them!

  9. Katherine G
    February 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous – and the soup looks perfect for a chilly day.

  10. linda kemp
    February 5, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Love Vancouver Island. This soup looks wonderful….thank you for all your recipes.

  11. February 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    delightful to see these again, i have been to both gardens and love seeing them again and again, always refreshing though your eyes.

    so i learned the hard way it was new years… was going to the vets with a sick pet and could not park because a woman was sqautted in the parking lot BURNING PAPER! we are in a severe drought, for the first time in my life the hills are brown and barren in winter, scary dry. she has a stack of papers the size of binder paper. i can’t park my car… after a flurry of activity from another vet customer yelling at her i call the police. while tending to my cat i learn its new years and she is burning fake money for good luck… in a freaking public parking lot, with cars needing to park, with animals, in a scary drought, with no water! i would guess she was not off to a very lucky start, but lets try that again, happy new years!

    your noodles look delish, rain tonight, looks like the perfect meal~

  12. Kim
    February 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I’m going to have to try this. Looks so good.

  13. February 5, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Lovely post and am happy to revisit

    Kung Hee Fat Choi, Mary!

  14. paula
    February 5, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I agree 100% lovely post, beautiful pictures, soup looks wonderful in the pretty bowls !! just Perfect ! I just love all you share everyday, Thank YOu MarY !!

  15. February 5, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Gosh, that soup sounds good! We’re headed to a balmy -14 degrees tonight with wind chills around -25. I’d say this soup would be just what the doctor ordered! Speaking of the doctor, he has been snowed in with me most of this week. He’s going completely stir crazy!!! I don’t know what we’ll do when he retires! ;-)

    The Chinese Gardens are just gorgeous. That’s the kind of vacation I would like to take: one where I can just stroll beauty like this in the warmth of the sun. But not TOO warm! ;-)

    Stay warm and cozy, and thanks for sharing this recipe!

  16. February 5, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Beautiful post, Mary. One day I’m going to visit these gardens. They’ve been on my travel list for a long time. The soup looks delicious and perfect for those dishes.

  17. February 7, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Beautiful gardens and equally beautiful soup, Mary! I love Asian soups!

  18. February 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    This soup looks absolutely DELICIOUS, and your photos are beautiful!
    I found you via the Marvelous Mondays Link party on Call Me PMc

  19. February 10, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Butchart gardens is definitely on my bucket list…I love it when you post pics of this magnificent garden…Even though my mom is Japanese, she always had long noodles on New Year’s Day (along with black eyed peas for my dad)….long noodles, long life!…The soup looks wonderful!

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