Yi mein
Lobster with e-fu noodles in Hong Kong
Alternative namesE-fu noodles, yee-fu noodles, yi noodles, yifu noodles
TypeChinese noodles
Place of originChina
Main ingredientsWheat flour, eggs
Yi mein
Alternative Chinese name

Yi mein (Chinese: 伊麵; pinyin: yī miàn; Cantonese Yale: yī mihn) is a variety of flat Cantonese egg noodles made from wheat flour. They are known for their golden brown color and chewy characteristics. The slightly chewy and slightly spongy texture of the noodles is due to the soda water used in making the dough, which is then fried and dried into flat patty-like dried bricks.


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The yi mein noodles available at grocery stores were pre-cooked by machines the same way as the modern instant noodles are made.[1]

The noodles may be cooked a number of ways. They are boiled first, then can be stir fried, or used in soups or salads. Good noodles maintain their elasticity, allowing the noodles to stretch and remain chewy.


Yi mein noodles can be consumed directly or used in various dishes:


When yi mein is consumed on birthdays, it is generally referred to as longevity noodles or sau mein (壽麵/寿面). The Chinese character for "long" (長壽麵/长寿面) is also added as a prefix to represent "long life". Usually it is consumed with longevity buns on such occasions.[citation needed]

Yi mein is also a popular Lunar New Year dish. Tradition holds that the chef cannot cut the noodles, and each strand should be eaten whole.[4]


See also


  1. ^ "Modern Machine Makes Traditional Yi Mein Noodles". Retrieved 15 July 2023.
  2. ^ "Lobster Yee Mein". pigpigscorner.com. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Lobster Yee Mien". www.scmp.com. South China Morning Post. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  4. ^ Maggie Hiufu Wong (19 Jan 2023). "The complicated story behind longevity noodles, a popular Lunar New Year dish". CNN.