Flour Vermicelli with Seven and Three – A Human Day Dish

9th February was the seventh day of the lunar new year, and is also known as 人日, or Human Day. According to traditional Chinese folklore, it is the creation day of humans, and thus, is the birthday of every single person. In Singapore, Chinese celebrate this special day by (needless to say) eating. Family members gather together to enjoy dishes containing 7 different vegetables and lots of fish. I made a noodle dish using flour vermicelli, seven different vegetables and three types of seafood. Flour vermicelli is traditionally eaten on birthdays for longevity.

Flour vermicelli has the same thickness as glass noodles, but the texture is very different. It falls apart really easily therefore cooking time is limited. The cooked noodles are very slippery and taste delicate so they’re great when you are convalescing.

I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce my sous chef – Lundon. He’s not a very good chef, and is always tripping me while I’m cooking, but he does a good job with waste management.

Flour Vermicelli with Seven and Three

Ingredients (serves 4):

2 packets flour vermicelli

12 dried oysters (soaked in water for a few hours and drained. Save liquid for later)

200 g fresh salmon  (sliced into 1cm thickness)

200 g fresh white fish (sliced into 1 cm thickness)

a handful of chopped:

leeks, chinese lettuce, baby celery, coriander, spring onion, chives, scallion

1 tbsp chopped garlic

1 tbsp ginger cut into strips

2 eggs

100 ml of oyster liquid (see above)

4 tbsp fish sauce

4 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp sugar

white pepper

cooking oil


Beat eggs and cook them in a large skillet into a thin crepe. Remove from heat and cut into thin stripe. Put aside.

Heat some oil in the same skillet and lightly brown the fish slices for about 15 seconds each side. Put aside.

Cook noodles in boiling water for 90 seconds, drain, dunk into cold water, drain.

Heat up a wok with some oil to medium hot. Brown garlic and ginger.

Add in fish, oysters, and vegetables and quickly stir fry to distribute oil evenly.

Add cooked vermicelli, egg strips, and all of the seasoning.

Stir fry for about 5 minutes until ingredients are well mixed.

Serve immediately. Flour vermicelli does not keep well.



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