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Friday, December 14, 2012

Mì Xào Tỏi (Garlic Noodle)

It seems that I have not been able to part from my laptop since I resumed blogging. There are so many delicious dishes that I want to share with everyone.  One of my favorite dishes that I like to serve on holidays or parties is this flavorful buttery noodle with ample amount of  garlic.  Fragrant garlic sauteed with butter filled my kitchen with the smell of an Italian restaurant.  It didn't last that long once I added soy sauce however.

Garlic noodle is quick and easy to prepare.  When crab season comes around, we usually have crab feast and I would make a huge serving plate of garlic noodle to fill everyone's tummy.

Before taking on this role as a "Domestic Engineer", I worked in downtown Sacramento.  During lunch time, my coworker and I often strolled to a nearby noodle shop to buy fresh egg noodle.  It is a small shop that supplies a variety of egg noodle, produced by one elderly Chinese man standing on his feet all day turning out these wonderful egg noodle.   Now, it's a bit of a drive for me to get to downtown so I often make garlic noodle using dried spaghetti noodle from a bag instead.  Though the size of spaghetti noodle is smaller than the size of the egg noodle and the texture is quite different, they both taste yummy.  However, I would prefer the thick egg noodle for this garlic noodles dish. 

Today, I made garlic noodle tossed with shrimps for the girls to enjoy after school. They love eating the garlic noodle not just for the savor and flavor but it's fun for them to slurp each string of noodle.  It also gives their lips a lovely natural glossy sheen and a wonderful after taste with each licking of their lips!
RECIPE: Mì Xào Tỏi (Garlic Noodle)
Printable Recipe


2 bags (14 oz each) thick Egg Noodle or
1 lb Spaghetti Noodle
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Europe Maggie Soy Sauce
1/2 stick of Butter
1/4 cup finely chopped Garlic
1/4  cup finely chopped Cilantro
1 lb large Shrimp, shelled and deveined, tail-on
Cooking Noodle

The preferred way to cook spaghetti noodle is 'al dente' - pasta that is cooked just long enough that it is neither crunchy nor soft. There are three choices for done-ness: Al dente, firm and soft. If used spaghetti noodle for this recipe, cook until it's soft. Drain, do not rinse, and set aside.

If used egg noodle, bring a pot of water to boil. Add the noodle into the boiling water and cook the noodle unitl al dente (cooked just enough to retain a somewhat firm texture). Don't overcook as the noodle will become soggy. Rinse noodle under cold water.  Drain and set aside.

Preparing Sauce

Combine soy sauce and brown sugar and mix well.  Set aside.

Stir Frying Shrimps

Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the hot skillet and sear the shrimps about a minute on each side or until shrimps turn pink and edges begin to brown. Remove and set aside.

Stir Frying Noodle

Bring the same frying pan on medium heat, add the butter and garlic.  Saute until fragrant. Add the sauce and give it a quick stir. Avoid cooking the sauce too long to prevent evaporation which could lead to a saltier sauce.

Add noodle and quickly toss the noodle to coat with the sauce for about a minute. Add the shrimps and cilantro.  Mix well.


Transfer garlic noodles on a plate.   Enjoy!

Happy Holidays and May God Bless You and Your Family.
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  1. yummmm...this reminds me of Thanh Long restaurant in SF :-)

  2. Yum. Thanks again for the inspiration! Can't wait for you to share more recipes with us. Your girls are adorable!

  3. Looks great, just had this for lunch at an Italian restaurant today :-)) the kids loved it. I got all the ingredients!! Will try to make it tomorrow, can't wait..

  4. Wowie! This looks good! I gotta try this! thank you!

  5. Wow your back yard looks like a soccer field!

  6. Thanks for a great & simple recipe. I just made it and it was delicious!

  7. Thanks for a great recipe. Just made it for my family and it was delicious. Oh, I loooove you Banh bo nuong recipe.

  8. I made this for my husband and I yesterday, it was yummy, thanks for a great and easy recipe.

  9. I just finished eating this and it is delicious!!!!

  10. Do we have to use maggi soy sauce?

  11. You don't have to use Maggie soy sauce. You can use any good soy sauce brands . Btw, if you like Parmesan cheese, after the garlic noodle is done , mix the garlic noodle with about a tablespoon of it. It tastes really good too.