Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles

Kids Cook with Books: Mei-Mei's Lucky Birthday Noodles

Our son is adopted from Guatemala.  When he was little, we read loads of adoption stories along with our other favorite bedtime books.  I wanted to make sure he understood that every culture has its own traditions – and that many of them are easy to integrate into families anywhere.  In this touching tale, Mei-Mei, adopted from China, gets to help her mother prepare a special noodle dish for her birthday.  Long noodles are very meaningful in Chinese culture because by eating them, you will have a long and happy life.  What will happen if you and your kids make and eat long noodles together?

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  4. ….then bring the kids into the kitchen and cook our featured recipe together.
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Featured Recipe for Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles

Warm Asian Noodles
by What’s Cooking with Kids

1/2-1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
1 pound sugar snap peas
2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
2 carrots julienned or shredded
4 scallions (with and green parts), sliced diagonally

1 cup canola oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
3 tablespoons toasted white sesame seeds
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter


  1. Boil the pasta.
  2. During the last two minutes of boiling the pasta, add the snap peas.
  3. Drain the pasta and peas and rinse in warm water.  Return to the pot.
  4. If you have time while the pasta is cooking, you can prepare the dressing. It helps to make the dressing in a small mason jar, so you can shake it before using. It’s a great way to store extras, too!
  5. Pour a few tablespoons of dressing over the warm noodles, to prevent them from sticking together.
  6. Thinly slice the bell peppers and carrots.
  7. Add them to the cooked noodles.
  8. Shake the dressing and add to the noodle dish, to your taste.


2017 Kids Cook with Books

2017 Picks for Kids Cook with Books

With the new year around the corner, I thought I’d share our list of Kids Cook with Books picks for 2017! They would make excellent gifts for the young chefs in your family.

  1. January: Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
  2. February: Everybody Cooks Rice, by Norah Dooley
  3. March: Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola
  4. April: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett
  5. May: The Beeman, by Laurie Krebs
  6. June: Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles, by Shan-Shan Chen and Heifi Goodman
  7. July: How to Make Cherry Pie and See the USA, by Marjorie Priceman
  8. August: Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco
  9. September: If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Numeroff
  10. October: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  11. November: Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown
  12. December: Sweet Potato Pie, by Kathleen Lindsey

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2 Responses to Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles

  1. Love the sentiment behind this post!! And yum we love noodles, oodles and oodles of noodles

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