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Garlic Noodles

Updated: Jan 11

Garlic Noodles. This is one of our favorite recipes. This dish is an easy-to-make noodle stir-fry that utilizes lots of fresh garlic. If you have the ingredients ready, this savory dish can be made in less than 20 minutes. There is so much happiness and solace found in a bowl of garlic noodles. Slurping up these savory noodles bathed in a beautiful garlic-buttery sauce is a really amazing experience of nutriment, sustenance, and cuisine. Garlic Noodles are an absolutely addictive dish that you’ll want to make again and again.


asian garlic noodles.  pasta.  hardneck garlic
asian garlic noodles. noodles. garlic. hardneck

There are many reasons why garlic noodles are popular. Some chefs and cooks speak to this issue as "Asian Garlic Noodles". First, they are a very versatile dish. They can be made with a variety of noodles, vegetables, and proteins, so they can be tailored to your own taste. Second, they are very easy to make. Most recipes only require a few simple ingredients and steps, so they are perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal.


Third, they are very flavorful. The garlic and other seasonings give the noodles a delicious and savory flavor that is sure to please. Fourth, they are relatively healthy. The noodles are a good source of carbohydrates, and the vegetables and protein add essential nutrients. Fifth, they are affordable. The ingredients are typically very inexpensive, so you can make a delicious meal without breaking the bank. Finally, they are simply delicious! The combination of the noodles, garlic, and other seasonings is simply irresistible.


Garlic noodles were invented in San Francisco in the 1970s by Helene An, a Vietnamese-American restaurateur. An was inspired to create the dish after trying spaghetti aglio e olio (spaghetti with garlic and oil) at an Italian restaurant in San Francisco. She set out to reinvent the dish by adding her own Vietnamese flavors, such as fish sauce and shrimp paste. The dish was an instant hit, and it quickly became a staple on the menu at An's restaurant, Thanh Long. Today, garlic noodles are popular in Asian restaurants throughout the United States and in home kitchens.


A Story about Asian Garlic Noodles


"It was a cold and rainy night, and I was craving something warm and comforting. I decided to make garlic noodles, a dish that I had always loved.


I started by cooking the noodles according to the package directions. While the noodles were cooking, I minced 20 cloves of garlic and chopped the green onions. I cooked the garlic and green onions for a few minutes, until they were soft and fragrant. Once the noodles were cooked, I drained them in a colander. I then added the garlic and green onion mixture to the noodles, along with some soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. I tossed everything together to coat the noodles.


I served the garlic noodles hot with some chopped cilantro. They were delicious! The garlic and green onions were so flavorful, and the soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil gave the noodles a nice twist. I was so happy that I had decided to make garlic noodles. They were the perfect dish for a cold and rainy night.


The next day, I took the leftovers to work for lunch. My co-workers were impressed with the garlic noodles, and they asked me for the recipe. I was happy to share the recipe with them. A few of them want to learn how to grown their own garlic."



WHAT ARE GARLIC NOODLES ?


Garlic noodles are considered an "Asian and Western Fusion Stir Fry", combining ingredients like butter, sugar, garlic, Parmesan cheese, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. The secret ingredient here is garlic. The garlic noodles are pretty simple to prepare. The results are a tasty bowl of beautiful noodles with salty explosions of garlic, umami and richness. The soy sauce and oyster sauce are melded together with the butter and parmesan cheese to create a symphony of flavors. it’s delectable, divine, ambrosial, nutty, salty, savory, and delicious. You can use different types of protein or make this recipe 100% vegetarian. Try using shrimp, pork, tofu or even beef.


Garlic noodles are a dish made with noodles, garlic, and other seasonings. The noodles can be any type of noodle, but they are typically thin and long. The garlic is usually minced or sliced, and it is cooked in oil until it is fragrant. Other seasonings may include soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger. The noodles are then tossed with the garlic and seasonings. Garlic noodles can be served as a main course or as a side dish.


You may not have all of the ingredients you need right now, so make a list of what you need. Let's get started with the list of key ingredients you will need.



making garlic noodles with hardneck garlic.
asian garlic noodles

GROCERY LIST


NOODLES (about 8 ounces)

Spaghetti Noodles, or Angel Hair Pasta, or Wheat Noodles, or Egg Noodles, or Homemade Noodles, or Spinach Noodles, or Chickpea Noodles, or Rice Noodles


There are a lot of options here. You can use thin spaghetti noodles or angel hair pasta. You could use Chinese egg noodles (fresh or dried) or regular wheat noodles. You can make your own noodles. This really makes the dish sing. Egg noodles are easy to make from scratch using flour, eggs, and salt. A pasta roller helps make this an easy task. We'll add 1 Tbsp of olive oil to the cooked and drained noodles to prevent them from sticking together.


DELICIOUS SAUCE

4 Tbsp butter

1-2 tsp soy sauce (don't add too much. You can always add more after the dish is fully prepared).

1 tsp of sesame oil

2 Tbsp oyster sauce

2-3 Tbsp Sugar. Brown Sugar or Palm Sugar.

Optional: 1 tsp Anchovie paste and 1 Tbsp Tamarind paste.

1-2 tsp of salt (add to the pasta water when cooking the pasta)


GARLIC

5+ large garlic cloves. Crushed, minced, and cut into very small pieces.

(try to refrain from using powdered garlic here. Fresh hardneck garlic is best!)


TOPPINGS

Parmesan Cheese.

(optional: honey-roasted peanuts)

Fresh Parsley, Cilantro, or Basil


PROTEIN

Shrimp, Tofu, chicken, beef, pork, duck, seafood or wild game. Prepare the protein in advance by cooking using the package instructions.


VEGETABLES

Try adding broccoli, green peas, snow peas, egg, red, yellow or green bell peppers, or even Edamame.



INSTRUCTIONS

Gather your ingredients.

  1. Select the protein, or not. Cook the protein based on package instructions. Set aside.

  2. Add 1-2 tsp salt to a pot of water. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the noodles according to the package directions (boil for 7-10 minutes). Drain the cooked noodles in a colander. Add a drizzle of olive oil to the noodles and mix to prevent them from sticking together. Set aside.

  3. In a seasoned Wok (or skillet), gently melt the butter on low heat. Add the oyster sauce, palm sugar (or brown sugar), soy sauce, and sesame oil to a bowl.

  4. Stir to melt the sugar and to combine the ingredients. As an option, try adding 1 tsp of anchovy paste and 1 Tbsp Tamarind paste for a beautiful flavor addition. Tamarind paste is made from the tamarind fruit and is sweet and sour.

  5. Mince the garlic. Add the garlic to the sauce and sauté until they are soft and fragrant (less than two (2) minutes).

  6. Remove the Wok (or skillet) from the heat. Add the drained pasta into the sauce mixture and gently toss the noodles until they are coated with the sauce.

  7. Gently incorporate the cooked protein and/or vegetables.

  8. Sprinkle the entire dish with Parmesan Cheese. Optional: Sprinkle fresh Parsley, Cilantro, Basil, and/or honey-roasted peanuts.

  9. Serve warm.



TIPS FOR MAKING THE RECIPE

  1. Cook the pasta "slightly" al-dente. That’s because you’ll be tossing it with the sauce and shrimp for 2-3 minutes after it’s done cooking.

  2. Don't add too much soy sauce into the sauce. You can always add more soy sauce when the dish is fully prepared.

  3. Prepare your protein advance in advance. If starting with frozen shrimp, thaw it in cold water and make sure to dab it dry.

  4. Be careful not to overcook the protein. Beef, shrimp, and the chicken needs to be cooked thoroughly, but not overcooked. Keep in mind that shrimp only require a few minutes of cooking and if you overcook them they will get chewy. Cook until they are opaque pink in color.

  5. Use milk instead of pasta water for a more creamy texture. Milk is a great option for pasta water. If you use 2% or Whole Milk, the pasta will rehydrate and cook slower because of the fat contained in the milk. Since you'll be cooking the pasta on medium heat to keep the milk from scalding, it will take you at least twice as much to cook the pasta than if you used lightly salted water.

  6. Add a splash of lemon juice or lime juice to the cooked pasta to add a sparkle to the flavor.



Here is another recipe for garlic noodles:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of noodles

  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon of oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon of soy sauce

  • 1/4 teaspoon of sesame oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ginger, minced

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook the noodles according to the package directions.

  2. While the noodles are cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant.

  4. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, salt, and pepper. Cook for 1 minute more, or until the sauce is combined.

  5. Drain the noodles and add them to the skillet. Toss to coat with the sauce.

  6. Serve immediately.











Mr. Jere Folgert is the owner of GroEat Garlic Farm in Bozeman, Montana. GroEat Farm is a small, sustainable family farm located in the beautiful Hyalite Foothills, in the shadows of the Gallatin Mountain Range. The hardneck varieties that they grow on their farm flourish, due to the combination of the very cold winters, heavy snowpack, moist spring, temperate summers, and the nutrient-rich and dynamic alluvial soils, washed down from the Gallatin Mountain Range.

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