This quick & easy chili oil noodles recipe features thick noodles tossed in an incredibly flavorful sauce, to be prepared in just 10 minutes! Topped with cilantro and green onions, these spicy and garlicky noodles are simple to make but loaded with scrumptious flavor.
What is Garlic Chili Oil Noodles?
Nothing will ever beat my obsession with noodles and this dish truly combines everything I love in one bowl – without any hassle.
This easy noodle recipe was heavily inspired by a Chinese dish called You Po Mian (油泼面) which is made by pouring hot oil over aromatics.
Traditionally, these chili oil noodles are made with handmade noodles, but I like to use dry noodles for a simplified version.
The ones that I’m using for this recipe are Taiwanese sliced noodles found at a local Asian grocery store, which are thick wheat noodles that can be prepared in just 4-5 minutes.
I personally find that wide knife-cut noodles I find are the best at soaking up all the flavor, making each noodle burst with flavor on each bite.
If you don’t have this type of noodles on hand though, please feel free to make the noodles from scratch (Biang Biang noodles are an incredible choice) or substitute it with your preferred type of noodles.
What do I need to make Garlic Chili Oil Noodles?
This chili oil noodle recipe uses a simple method to create the most flavorful noodles in just minutes, using simple ingredients that you most likely have in your pantry!
This dish is completely vegan with no added meat, but I can hardly tell the difference with how much it is packed with flavor.
- Thick wheat noodles: I recommend using thick knife-cut noodles as they are the best for soaking up all the sauce, and packing each noodle with maximum flavor.
- Garlic, chili flakes, and green onion: for the aromatics.
- Light & dark soy sauce, Chinese black vinegar, salt, and sugar: season the noodles.
- You can also use chicken bouillon powder in place of salt for more flavor.
- Neutral oil: pour over the aromatics and spices.
- Some examples of neutral oil include vegetable oil, avocado oil, peanut oil, canola oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, and corn oil.
- Cilantro, green onion, toasted sesame seeds, and/or sesame oil: for garnish. Please feel free to also add some vegetables, minced meat, and/or an egg to make a heartier meal.
- The noodles are incredibly scrumptious on their own, but that’s not to say they wouldn’t taste amazing with other additions. You can totally be creative with this!
Some other toppings include ground meat, tofu, onions, zucchini, mushrooms, fried egg, or blanched greens such as bok choy or Chinese broccoli.
You may need to add a bit more soy sauce to taste based on the number of toppings, so please keep that in mind.
How do you serve Garlic Chili Oil Noodles?
These chili oil noodles can also be served hot or cold depending on preference. Both ways taste incredible, and the choice is all yours.
For cold noodles, you would just need to use a colander to rinse the noodles in cold water for about a few seconds then drain them of any excess water.
If you are serving the noodles warm, please ensure they are prepared right before serving to maintain their texture.
If they need to be prepared in advance, I recommend tossing them with a little bit of oil to prevent the noodles from sticking.
If you prefer, you can also prepare the sauce in advance in a separate bowl and then mix them into the noodles before serving.
I highly recommend topping the noodles up with chopped green onions (or scallions) and cilantro, as the flavors harmonize beautifully, as well as adding that delicious crunchy texture.
10-Minute Garlic Chili Oil NoodlesCourse: DinnerCuisine: Chinese
This quick & easy recipe features thick noodles tossed in an incredibly flavorful sauce, to be prepared in just 10 minutes! Topped with cilantro and green onions, these spicy and garlicky chili oil noodles are so simple to make but loaded with scrumptious flavor.
4 oz thick wheat noodles taiwanese sliced noodles,
3 tbsp neutral oil
3 cloves garlic minced
1 tbsp Sichuan chili flakes or regular chili flakes to taste
1 green onion chopped, divided
1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
1/2 tsp Chinese black vinegar or rice vinegar, to taste
1/4 tsp each sugar, salt, or chicken bouillon powder
cilantro, green onion, and/or toasted sesame seeds for garnish,
- Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain and place in a bowl. To serve the noodles cold, rinse under cold water for a few seconds then drain.
- Add garlic, chili flakes, white parts of green onion, light & dark soy sauce, Chinese black vinegar, salt, and sugar over the noodles.
- Heat oil in a saucepan until sizzling hot. Pour the hot oil over the chili flakes and garlic, and mix until the noodles are evenly coated. Garnish, add more soy sauce if needed, and enjoy!