Garlic Noodles

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I caught the tail-end of a program on TV the other night and it was an interview of a chef. He was going on and on about these garlic noodles and how he desperately needed to steal the recipe. I was so intrigued by it all! The noodles looked so simple, even bland. There was nothing to it. So I did a quick google and found out that he was talking about An’s Garlic Noodles. I have no idea who An is and I’ve never had garlic noodles in my life. But the combination of ingredients in some of these recipes were so wild that I had to give it a try. I added some scallops, but you could leave them out or replace with prawns or even chicken. I will be making this again!

My version below:

(a) You’ll need (mix together in a small bowl):

  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon plum sauce (optional, but it adds a nice sweetness)
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce (or any hot chilli sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chicken stock concentrate
  • 1/2 tablespoon chinese cooking wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
  • pinch of Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh herbs of your choice (I used sage)
  • white pepper to taste
  • salt to taste

(b) You’ll also need:

  • 1 teaspoon parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic (grated)
  • noodle of your choice (I used a thick spaghetti, but frankly would have preferred something thinner)

Method:

Cook noodles/spaghetti following instructions on the packet. Drain, mix with ingredients (a) and set aside.

In a pan, add butter, fresh herbs and garlic. Once garlic is fragrant, add noodles and stir well. Allow the noodles to dry out. It’s ok if they catch a little in the pan. This caramelisation will add flavour. Add parmesan and stir well. Serve hot. Enjoy!

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