A lesson in Garlic Noodles


This summer my charges were often excited to go to the local farmers market. I thought it was so they could try new things, but I quickly learned it was because of the garlic lady. There was often a lady set up at the market selling fresh bulbs of garlic  and noodles. As she cooked on a wok making fresh garlic noodles, I admit they were aromatic and her line was often long, but the price tag of $8-$12 often rubbed me the wrong way. So, nope, I never bought them all summer long, although my charges happily did (despite my encouragement for them to buy the damn noodles and try to replicate them at home). Yes, they earned their own money and what they did with their 50% was their business (25% was reserved for air fare, and the remainder for school supplies), but as their guardian I had to at least try to plant the seed of common sense.

At the end of summer, my oldest niece balked at spending the $192  for a ticket home. I had to suppress  the adult in me, and not ask how much she spent on noodles , prepackaged snacks). Fast forward to today I got home and found an email from her that simply read “I have been searching for those noodles and I think I found them here.” (Yes, I see the irony in my niece finding this recipe on a budget website… kids) “FYI check the back of your freezer, we bought you noodles YOLO (you only live once).” I  reworked the recipe into my own culinary challenge and admit they were tasty. ( I sent my niece a email that simple read “Thank you for dinner. I think you may enjoy this website and this video Making a Budget and Sticking to It)  There were also a lot of noodles, so this is one of two Yakisoba  dishes I will present you with. Bon Appétit!

Ingredients :

  • 1/2 lb. Yakisoba noodles (Undon or Lo Mein noodles would be a great substitute)
  • 1/2 pound of shrimp
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • ½ bunch scallions
  • 1 quarter of a bell pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • cilantro for garnishing

Instructions: Combine soy sauce, sesame oil , brown sugar and three cloves of minched chopped garlic in a bowl and marinate shrimp. While shrimp is marinating. Place three garlic cloves , scallions and bell pepper in a food processor for a quick plush. Sauté mixture in a tablespoon of sesame oil until fragrant (one to two minutes). Add the Yakisoba noodles according to the package directions. While the noodles cook, add in shrimp with marinade, and stir well to coat the noodles. Cook for an additional five minutes until shrimp are pink.


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2 Responses to A lesson in Garlic Noodles

  1. Was looking for a side dish tonight with our BBQ chicken.

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    • msw blog says:

      So, many things go with BBQ chicken :). I have no doubt if you click on my Kitchen Adventures tab you will find a delicious pairing. You may also want to search the words “organic” ,”salad” or “farmers market”. Happy cooking.

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