Garlic Noodles with Shrimp

Monday, March 2, 2015

Both Vu and I LOVE garlic.  If possible, Vu would deep fry garlic and munch on them over potato chips.  For me, it would be a good hour before I wash my hands after crushing, peeling, and mincing those cloves.  I love the way that garlic scent lingers on my hands.  That scent is quite intoxicating, a lovely perfume to my olfactory bulb.  For other, the smell is too obnoxious. Call us crazy, but there’s something about garlic that we just can’t get enough of.  So naturally we got super excited when Vu’s sister finally shared her elusive garlic noodles recipe with us.  It is supposed to be as good as Thanh Long’s in San Francisco!  We have made it so many times, tweaking the recipe each time until we got the flavor profile that we loved.  This dish is for the garlic lover!  It is loaded with tons of garlic flavor, bite after bite!  We’re so excited to share this recipe with you.

Garlic noodles with shrimp
1 12-oz box of thin spaghetti (Barilla brand)
2 tbsp olive oil
5 cloves of garlic (about 2 tpsb), minced
6 tbsp unsalted butter
3 tbsp soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 tbsp oyster sauce (Lee Kum Kee brand)
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 ½ tbsp sugar
2 tbsp pasta water
2 tbsp scallions, cut
Freshly ground pepper

Sauteed Shrimp
1 pound of tiger shrimp
1tbsp olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tbsp oyster sauce (Lee Kum Kee brand)

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add spaghetti and cook according to package directions, about 10 minutes.  Drain in a colander.
2. In a bowl, prepare garlic sauce by whisking together soy sauce, oyster sauce, garlic powder, sugar, and water.  Set aside.
3. In a large saute pan over medium heat, heat oil.  Add the garlic and saute until fragrant but not browned.  Add butter to pan and let it melt.  Cook until garlic is slightly brown.
4. Add the garlic sauce to the pan and mix together until well combined.
5. Toss the drained spaghetti into the pan and mix with garlic sauce.  Add the scallion and set aside.
6. For the shrimp, in a large saute pan over medium heat, heat olive oil.  Add garlic and saute until fragrant.
7. Add shrimp and saute for 2 minutes.  Then add oyster sauce and simmer until shrimp is cooked through and the flavors have combined, about 5 more minutes.
8. Add the cooked shrimp to garlic noodles and toss until combined.
9. Divide noodles among 4 plates and top with additional scallion and freshly ground pepper.  Serve immediately.


  1. I died after seeing this picture! So yummy!

  2. Hi Julie! I hope you get a chance to make it!