This Chinese New Year recipe is brimming with good fortune. The noodles represent long life, the pea pods and sesame seeds symbolize fertility, and the shrimp that signifies a happy marriage. The word for “shrimp” in Chinese is “haa,” which sounds like laughter, and may your marriage be full of happiness!

6 ounces thin spaghetti noodles
7 ounces shrimp, deveined
1 ½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt, divided
½ teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1/4 cup snow peas, sliced thin on diagonal
1/4 cup matchstick cut carrots
1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds


1. Bring a stockpot of water to boil.

2. Add 1 tsp of salt to water and cook thin spaghetti, according to package directions. Drain.

3. While pasta is cooking, place shrimp in a small bowl and add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the cornstarch. Mix well and let sit for 8 minutes.

4. Rinse the shrimp well, washing off the salt and cornstarch. Pat very dry with paper towels.

5. In a wok or large skillet, heat cooking oil on high until a bead of water sizzles and evaporates upon contact.

6. Add the shrimp and fry until halfway cooked through, about 1 minute each side.

7. Dish out the shrimp to a plate, keeping as much oil in wok as possible. You should have about 1 teaspoon of oil left and you may add just a bit of oil into the pan if needed.

8. Turn heat down to medium and add garlic.

9. Fry until fragrant, about 15 seconds then add the snow peas and carrots.

10. Fry for 1 minute until the carrots and snow peas are cooked but still retain a nice crunch. Add the soy sauce and rice wine.

11. Turn heat to high and add the drained spaghetti noodles and shrimp.

12. Toss well to combine.

13. Let cook for 2 minutes, until shrimp is cooked through. Then toss with sesame oil and sesame seeds.

14. Enjoy.

Yields 2 auspicious servings