So this doesn’t look like much.
But I guarantee you that it’s the simplest thing you’ll make and probably one of the more delicious meals you’ll cook up in your dinner in 15-minutes or less repertoire.
I sampled my first garlic noodles at PPQ Dungeness Island and I was wowed by the perfect combination of sweet and savory and I could swear there was probably some crab fat embedded in there, it tasted so rich and creamy. It was served alongside roasted garlic crab and both were so good, my eyes rolled back momentarily in my head. A family sized serving will run about 7-8$. Think I made mine for $2 since I had all the ingredients on hand, except for the fresh noodles.
Incidentally, my preferred brand is Golden World as they most closely approximate the ones I’ve had at PPQ.
You’ll have to reach into your inner Asian or go to the nearest Ranch 99 to procure some fish sauce, oyster sauce and Maggi seasoning. Or most well stocked Safeways and Albertson’s carry them in their ethnic aisle. Look away from the jarred pig ears.
And that thing that didn’t start out as much, turns into:
- 1 lb bag of Gold World noodles
- 3/4 stick of butter’
- 6 cloves of minced garlic (or more if you prefer a more intense garlicky taste)
- 4-5 tablespoons of butter
- 1 tablespoons of garlic power
- 1 tablespoon of Maggi seasoning
- 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
- Parmesan or Pecorino Romano grated
Boil noodles according to directions. Saute garlic in butter, careful not to burn, for about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients so flavors meld, for about 10 minutes on low heat. Toss garlic butter mixture in hot noodles and serve immediately.