Garlic Noodles have to be our very favorite Asian Pasta dish of all time. These noodles are so addiction. I needed a side to go with our honey walnut shrimp we had over the weekend so I decided this would be it. I also decided that I needed to add some heat to the dish this time. There is nothing I love more than a dish that has some sweet heat. 🙂
Grumpy loves these noodles too. So much so that whenever I am going to make a starchy side dish and think it may be rice, he will pout. Yes, Grumpy pouts. He pouts a lot. That is how he gets his way with me. I've always been a sucker for someone who wants something bad enough to pout for it. Sometimes they will get what they want (like food) sometimes they don't (like new hunting rifles). I think Grumpy's the biggest kid in my life. Justin & Christopher never really ask me for anything anymore, but believe me, when they were little, I always had the hardest time telling them no. If they were to ask me for anything today though I would still have a hard time not giving it to them. I'm pretty sure this is an inherited trait from my Grandpa Whitton (Poppy). He was a sucker for his grandchildren. If any of us wanted anything, he was right there ready to make sure we had it. I definitely come by it naturally. Needless to say, Grumpy gets his noodles without much of a fight although I do like to give him a hard time about it. 🙂
I am submitting this post to Presto Pasta Nights. Ruth, the genius behind PPN and blogger at Once Upon A Feast is hosting the event. Hop on over there tomorrow to see the round up of pasta dishes people made this last week. Next weeks host will be Kirsten of Kirsten's Kitchen to Yours. If your making a pasta dish this coming week and want to join in, make sure to submit your entries to her by Thursday, October 13, 2011. You can read the guidelines for submission over at the PPN site. Hope to see you there, after all, who doesn't love pasta?
Garlic Noodles with a Kick
½ box dried pasta (about 7 ounces) or use fresh pasta (our favorite), cooked until al dente.
3 scallions, chopped, setting aside the green part of the scallion for garnish
1 teaspoon dried chili pepper flakes (adjust to your heat tolerance)
2 - 3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
3 tablespoons butter
Melt butter over medium heat until bubbly. Add dried chili peppers and cook for about 1 minute (be careful not to burn the butter). Add the minced garlic and scallions and saute about 1 minute, until softened. Mix together brown sugar, fish sauce, and oyster sauce. Add to butter mixture and cook for 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved (this doesn't take long). Add pasta to the sauce and toss to mix. For some color, toss in the green part of the chopped scallions. Serve & enjoy!
Some other noodle dishes we enjoy:
Sesame Peanut Noodles - this is a yummy weight watchers recipe!
Longevity Noodles - a cooking light recipe
Garlic Scallion Noodles - a slightly different version
Beef Lo Mein - another weight watcher recipe
Light and Hearty Tuna Noodle Casserole - Grumpy loves tuna noodle!