Garlic Noodles and Shrimp

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Medium

  • Makes

    2 to 3

    servings as a main dish

Appears in

Many Indians know this dish as Hakka chow mein or lo mein, or Hakka noodles. At Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine, this popular dish is called garlic noodles. The restaurant offers many versions of this noodle dish, using different vegetables or meats, or making it vegetarian. Extra chiles, garlic, and pepper give these stir-fried noodles a spicy Indian flavor. In India, a dish of soy sauce with minced chiles is often served alongside, to add to taste.

Ingredients

  • 14 to 16 ounces fresh Chinese wheat or egg noodles, or 12 ounces dried
  • 8 ounces broccoli florets, cut into ¾-inch chunks (about 2 cups)
  • 12 ounces peeled, deveined shrimp (31 to 35 per pound)
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine (shaoxing) or dry sherry
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 to 5 teaspoons minced jalapeño chile
  • 1 cup thinly slivered red bell pepper
  • 1 cup thinly slivered onion
  • ½ cup thinly slivered carrots
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Method

  1. In an 8- to 10-quart pan over high heat, bring 3 to 4 quarts water to a boil. Pull the noodles apart and drop into the water; stir to separate. Boil gently just until noodles are barely tender to the bite, 2 to 3 minutes for fresh, 5 to 6 minutes for dried. Add the broccoli to the noodles. Cook just until the broccoli is bright green, about 30 seconds. Drain the noodles and broccoli, rinse well with hot water, and drain again.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the shrimp, wine, salt, and pepper.
  3. Set a 14-inch wok over high heat. When the pan is hot, after about 1 minute, add the oil and rotate the pan to spread. Add the garlic, chile, bell pepper, onion, and carrots. Stir-fry until the onion begins to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the shrimp mixture and Stir-fry until the shrimp are pink, about 2 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the noodles with broccoli and the soy sauce. Stir-fry until the noodles are hot and the ingredients are well blended, 2 to 3 minutes. Add salt to taste, if needed. Transfer to a serving dish or individual plates.

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