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Garlic Noodles

Garlic noodles – garlicky and buttery noodles with Parmesan cheese. SO easy and delicious you won't stop eating!! | rasamalaysia.com

Garlic Noodles

Garlic noodles – garlicky and buttery noodles with Parmesan cheese. SO easy and delicious you won’t stop eating!!

Originally published on Feb 18, 2012. Updated with new pictures.

Garlic noodles – garlicky and buttery noodles with Parmesan cheese. SO easy and delicious you won't stop eating!! | rasamalaysia.com

About four years ago, I shared my take on the Vietnamese-style garlic noodles made famous by the An family of Crustacean restaurant. Garlic noodles remain my favorite noodles all these years, and the recipe is the ones that I have always tried to perfect each time I make the noodles. That’s the fun of cooking—our cooking skills and techniques progress and improve over time, and a good recipe could become an excellent recipe with time if we continue to fine-tune it.

My favorite homemade version is the ones made with yellow noodles, or marketed as “Taiwanese noodles” or “油面” in the United States. The noodles are, well, yellow as the name suggests, and they are very oily as each strand of the noodle is generously coated with oil. Yellow noodles are also commonly found in Malaysia and Singapore as they are used in many hawker food dishes.

Garlic noodles – garlicky and buttery noodles with Parmesan cheese. SO easy and delicious you won't stop eating!! | rasamalaysia.com

After many attempts, I now have a garlic noodles recipe that involves a two-part cooking process. First, making the garlic sauce, and secondly, mixing the blanched noodles with the garlic sauce. I absolutely love this method as I can always make a batch of the garlic sauce and toss the noodles right before serving. This ensures that garlic noodles always taste fresh and delectable, and not soggy or cold. Also, if you are like me, who prefer a heavier and more garlicky taste, you can add some extra garlic sauce to taste.

Garlic noodles – garlicky and buttery noodles with Parmesan cheese. SO easy and delicious you won't stop eating!! | rasamalaysia.com

You can eat the garlic noodles plain or serve it with my roasted crab recipe. One of these days, I will have to share my grilled prawn recipe to go with these sinfully luscious and delicious garlic noodles!


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63 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Angela Tellone Hatch via Facebook

    Check the Asian section of your supermarket. It’s right there with the fish sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil. It’s Maggi seasoning. It’s dark brown and comes in a bottle.

  2. Michelle Hoon-Kooeemui via Facebook

    Thanks for your recipe, it seems simple to prepare. Will try this out. ヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ

  3. I lived in Malaysia for 14 years and these are my favorite kind of noodles. If you add in small pieces of fried lard and fried pork balls, eat with some hot sambal chili, it is truly heaven.

    • I’ve only just seen this recipe. ‘Al dente’ is Italian for “to the tooth” which means cooked until the noodles are still a little firm when you bite into a piece. The recipe sounds delicious. I keep a variety of noodles and Asian/Malaysian sauces in my pantry and use my imagination. Be adventurous and experiment!

  4. saluki

    A question about the noodles themselves. Do we look for these in the refrigerated case? Also, are you using the French Frentel butter and would it make a significant difference?

  5. John

    I never cook with MSG. Maggi sauce has MSG in it. I always try to find a substitute for MSG. MSG is a major cause of weight gain in Filipinos. I know it makes the food taste good, but the health concerns of MSG far outweigh the boost in taste. I use combinations of salt, in moderation, ginger, garlic, cumin, pepper, and turmeric in place of MSG. Soy sauce has natural MSG in it, but most soy sauce manufactures add additional MSG. I always read the label. Just a suggestion, but it would great if you could suggest healthier alternatives to Maggi sauce.

    • imelda

      John, I wasn’t aware that MSG is a cause of weight gain, but other unpleasant side effects (dizziness, dry mouth, difficulty breathing) are well-documented. Unfortunately, MSG is frequently used as a cheap shortcut to flavour (it’s a substitute for using great ingredients or putting in cooking time to extract the most from those ingredients), and as such, is common in most Asian restaurant/takeout dishes and processed foods. I was disappointed to not find a single chili sauce in the local Asian market that did not contain MSG in the ingredients list. I think your substitutions are a great alternative, thanks for the advice!

  6. You had me at garlic! And this sounds and looks really delicious. Must be bursting with garlicky goodness :) You reckon I can substitute the noodles with spaghetti instead?

  7. My husband made these noodles for dinner tonight as an accompaniment to ginger scallion beef. The noodles were wonderful! My local supermarket doesn’t sell the noodles featured in the recipe, so we improvised with a similar type.

  8. Just made this tonight! Awesome! I didn’t have maggi sauce so I substituted with soy sauce and used hondashi (Japanese dashi powder) and water to substitute for the fish sauce. I garnished with chopped cilantro. I totally forgot the parmesan cheese so I’ll have to add that next time. My fiance loved it so much he made me write down the recipe for him. This is a keeper!

  9. Nestor1208

    two questions.
    First how many people is this recipe for? and second how long approximately are the noodles supposed to cook?
    Thank you

  10. shivani

    a recipe after my own heart lots of garlic but my problem is that i am vegetarian. most asian recipes call fr fish or oyster sauce and so i have to skip them n then the dish does not taste all that good. can you suggest some alternate things that can be substituted fr these sauces or some other sauces or ingredients to spice up the noodles.
    thanks

  11. Britt

    I made this recipe and it came out just like the kind I’ve had in restaurants. Not sure why the noodle cooking time isn’t posted in the recipe, it looks like there were several inquiries from the comments and there was no response. I cooked the noodles for approximately 2-3 minutes, I guess you just have to watch them because the cooking time was not on the package either.

    • phnomlwm

      I apologize if I am being rude, or generalizing, but noodles vary in cooking (not by much) and the cooking directions are on the back of each individual package. I use different kinds of noodles and the dish is always great. However, if there are no directions on the package of noodles that you have bought, cook them until they are “al dente.” If you are not sure what “al dente” feels, looks or tastes like…google it. Googling is great for all questions. Oh by the way…my noodles were GREAT!!! I used organic garlic and pesto noodles and added tons of fresh pressed garlic.

  12. mark filip

    Hi, this recipe sounds VERY delicious but I’m really having trouble finding the noodles. I live in Austin and we have a really large Asian supermarket but I cannot find these noodles anywhere.
    Can you give me some more specific information on where I might find them in the store?
    Also, what other noodle could I substitute for this? I found some Canton (thin) dry noodles that require cooking first, will that work???

  13. sfvisalaw

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. What type of parmesan cheese would you recommend using? I found a similar recipe and they recommended using the cheap Kraft one in a container. Did you ever posted your recipe for the grilled prawns? Btw, love your site and books.

  14. Roleesun

    For those living in areas with few Asian stores, you might find Maggi sauce in the Mexican food section as “Maggi Jugo Sazonador”. I made these noodles tonight and ate them with shrimp. They were delicious.

  15. tuongthuy

    Would you think I can use angel hair spaghetti instead? The type that I sold in all supermarkets, like Kroger, Giant, Safeway,… 20oz of dry angel hair spaghetti would come out a whole lot after cooking. How much of angel hair cooking would you think be equivalent to the 20oz yellow noodles. Thank you so very much

  16. Tommy

    Hi – do you have a particular brand or picture of the noodle brand that you use. Sorry I’m not very good with grocery shopping.

    thank you
    Tom

  17. Hi – I am new with cooking and I wanted to try this recipe sounds really yummy. Can you recommend a brand or if you have a picture brand for the noodles that you use.

    Thank you,
    Tom

  18. Kim

    I was CRAVING noodles, but I didn’t have yellow noodles, so I used soba noodles & it was DELICIOUS!!! I paired this with Bee’s Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi recipe… It was the easiest, most DELICIOUS dinner in 25mins I have ever whipped up!!! THANK YOU so very much for perfecting both these recipes, Bee!!! xoxo

  19. Kink

    What to you mean by yellow noodles? Egg noodles? Chow mien noodles? Or are they just advertised as ‘yellow noodles’?
    Ranch99 has so many noodles that are yellow in color.
    I’m assuming fresh noodles, not dried.
    Can you take a picture of the package/brand of the kind you buy?
    Thanks!!

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