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Burmese Garlic Noodles—So Easy, So Addictive

Garlic noodles from my favorite Burmese restaurant are among the foods that I crave most. With this quick, easy recipe, you can make them at home any time. And the best part is that they use just a handful of pantry staples.

Oh How I Love Burma Superstar in San Francisco

garlic noodles on a plate shot from overhead

Their famous Tea Leaf Salad is what first made Burma Superstar my favorite neighborhood restaurant. But then I discovered the Garlic Noodles. It’s such a simple dish, but my cravings for it run deep. The ingredients list is short and so basic, I’m willing to bet most readers have almost everything needed in their kitchens right now:

  • Garlic
  • Red onion
  • Soy sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Ginger
  • Noodles

Yay for the Burma Superstar Cookbook

I was beyond excited when the Burma Superstar Cookbook came out. I haven’t attempted the Tea Leaf Salad, although that is on my list (I need to get a jar of fermented tea leaves first—or try making my own!), but I made the garlic noodles straight away.

fresh chinese noodles in package

Choosing the Right Pasta for Your Garlic Noodles

When I went to the giant Asian supermarket to get fresh noodles, I was  overwhelmed by the choices. The book calls for “wide, flat wonton noodles.” I didn’t see anything marked that way, so I chose a fresh Chinese spaghetti, which turned out to be perfect. They had just enough substance and chew to be really satisfying and hold the garlicky sauce.

mise en place for burmese garlic noodles

This is one of those elusive quick and easy, yet crazy delicious recipes that uses basic ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry.

Garlic is, obviously, the predominant flavor, so it follows that the recipe calls for a lot of it—4 tablespoons! I used one of my favorite kitchen tools, the Garlic Rocker, which makes quick work of a handful of large cloves.

The garlic rocker in action with fresh garlic
Yield: Serves 4

Garlic Noodles

Garlic Noodles

This recipe is slightly adapted from the Burma Superstar Cookbook by Desmond Tan and Kate Leahy.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup cooking oil (safflower, sunflower, avocado)
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic, divided
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced red onion, soaked in water and drained
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sriracha 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 12 ounces fresh Chinese wheat noodles (I used a fresh Chinese Spaghetti)
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add 3 tablespoons of the garlic and cook, stirring, until the garlic just begins to turn golden brown. Remove from the heat as soon as it begins to change color because the garlic will continue to brown in the hot oil. Transfer to a large, heat-safe serving bowl.
  2. Add the sliced red onion and soy sauce to the bowl with the garlic and oil. In a separate small serving bowl, combine the sriracha, the remaining tablespoon of garlic, the ginger, sugar, salt, and water and stir to mix well.
  3. Cook the noodles in boiling water according to the package directions. Drain the noodles and then immediately add them to the bowl with the garlic, oil, onions, and soy sauce and mix until the noodles are well coated with the oil and the onions are mixed in.
  4. Serve the noodles garnished with scallions and pass the sriracha mixture at the table for diners to add to taste.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 328Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1409mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 5gSugar 9gProtein 8g

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