Growing up this was a dish we would have for special occasions. Like a Thanksgiving get together or Christmas Eve with the family. There was always something exotic about lobster and oh, longevity noodles.. how it absorbs that lobster flavor right up. It's like a match made in heaven, because garlic with seafood is just perfect. We sometimes add cheese to it, because it just adds a slight creaminess and saltiness to the dish.
This recipe is great if you can steam live lobster at home yourself. If you can steam it at home, you can use the fresh lobster juices from steaming to cook into your dish. When you are de-shelling the lobster yourself, you can ensure you're getting all the meat out, and you'll also have access to the delicious tomalley from the lobster head.
Honestly, we had no idea what this part of the lobster was called, we always thought it was eggs or lobster brains, but it didn't matter because it was so good. For the sake of research, we decided to look it up and found out that it's actually called the "tomalley" of the lobster, which is a mix of liver and pancreas and is definitely edible and enjoyed by lots of people worldwide. Yay, we're not weird! The green stuffs found in the head area are the unfertilized eggs of the lobster, which turns orangey-red after it is cooked. So delicious. Just typing this up is making me drool a little.
• Chopped Garlic
• Lobster meat (steamed and deshelled)
• Lobster Tomalley & Roe (from the steamed lobster)
• Lobster Stock (if you steam the lobster at home, the steamed lobster will have its own natural juices pooled at the bottom of the plate or bowl you steam it in. It's like pure lobster essence, so use that when cooking the dish)
• Longevity noodles
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Slices of Cheddar Cheese (optional)
1. Boil the longevity noodles according to the package instructions. Once the noodles are done, remove from hot water into a collander, and run under cold water. Set aside. De-shell the lobster and remove the tomalley. Chop up the lobster meat into bite sized pieces, set aside.
2. Cook the garlic in a pan with olive oil.
3. When the garlic is fragrant, add the tomalley and roe from the steamed lobster and stir.
4. Add the lobster meat as well as the lobster stock (can also be shrimp stock, seafood stock, or any stock you prefer. A seafood based stock would be the best) and mix.
5. Add the longevity noodles, salt, pepper, and cheese (cheese optional). Stir until cheese melts.
6. Garnish with cilantro or parsley, and serve!
You can really add whatever cheese you prefer or have on hand, it provides a little saltiness and nuttiness to the noodles, as well as a smooth creaminess. The noodles pack in all the lobster flavor and is so, so good. Whenever lobster goes on sale, we always debate over all the options for cooking it—as is in butter, in a salad for lobster rolls, in a noodle like this, in a creamy pasta, or even in our favorite Cantonese Lobster Salad. As you can see, we're lobster lovers! Hope you enjoy!
Just a gal who loves to eat and cook ❤