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Spicy Szechuan Noodles with Garlic Chili Oil

by Jamie

Spicy Szechuan noodles with garlic chili oil ready in 15 minutes! Spicy, garlicky Szechuan chili oil noodles made with Lao Gan Ma chili crisp & fresh herbs.

bowl of spicy Szechuan noodles with garlic chili oil and fresh herbs

These Szechuan noodles with garlic chili oil deliver a huge kick of flavor and it’s ready in just 15 minutes! A spicy sauce made with fresh garlic, ginger, dark soy, a touch of Chinese black vinegar, and of course a spicy chili oil condiment called Lao Gan Ma.

bowl of spicy Szechuan noodles with garlic chili oil and fresh herbs

Szechuan Noodles with Garlic Chili Oil

The thing I love most about these noodles is how flavorful they are and how fast they’re ready. This dish was inspired by these spicy chili oil noodles I get at this hole in the wall restaurant near my neighborhood. It’s so simple and plain but so delicious! It’s literally just wide flat noodles, chili oil, and a few herbs sprinkled throughout.  No veggies or meat but you wouldn’t even notice it by how flavorful the garlic chili oil sauce is.

bowl of spicy Szechuan noodles with garlic chili oil with fresh herbs

I kept the ingredients simple just like the restaurant. Wide noodles, soy sauce, lao gan ma chili crisp (chili oil), ginger, and garlic. Then sprinkled on some fresh scallions and cilantro on top. Of course, you can add other ingredients to these lao gan ma noodles but I honestly like it as is. I like the simplicity of this dish, but that’s not to say it wouldn’t taste amazing with other ingredients.

Szechuan chili oil noodles with soy sauce, cilantro, lao gan ma, and herbs

Additional ingredients for Chili Oil Garlic Noodles:

  • Ground meat – pork, chicken, or beef
  • Tofu
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Sliced Mushrooms
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini

Types of Noodles to Use

You can use any type of wheat noodles for this dish. Wheat noodle holds up best to the sauce as it has a more dense texture than rice noodles. You can even use flat pasta if you’re really in a bind, but I highly recommend getting Asian wheat noodles. I found these flat ribbon noodles at my local Asian store but I’ve also seen Asian noodles at my local grocery store in the Asian food aisle.

Szechuan chili oil noodles with soy sauce, cilantro, lao gan ma

What is Lao Gan Ma?

Lao Gan Ma, “Old Godmother,” is a brand of chili condiments created by a woman who used to own a small noodle stand. She would mix her own chili sauce with the noodles and give poor children extra noodles and discounts, hence the name “Old Godmother.” These Lao Gan Ma noodles became widely popular and she eventually ended up packaging and selling these. The woman pictured on the bottle is her. ๐Ÿ™‚

Szechuan cuisine is known for its generous use of chili peppers. This Lao Gan Ma sauce is filled with Szechuan peppers and dried chilis so you’re really getting a lot of Szechuan flavors in these chili oil noodles. Note: Szechuan peppers can also be called prickly ash so don’t get confused if you see this on the label.

How to Make Szechuan Noodles with Garlic Chili Oil

  • Start sauteing the garlic until it becomes fragrant. Turn off the heat and while the garlic oil is still hot, add in the lao gan ma, dark soy sauce, ginger, and vinegar.
  • Meanwhile boil your noodles according to the directions. Mix the spicy chili garlic oil with your noodles and dress with fresh herbs. All done!
  • If you want to add meat and/or veggies, saute them separately and then add the sauce and noodles last.

Other Serving Suggestions for Garlic Chili Oil:

  • dipping sauce for dumplings
  • pour over steamed fish
  • use as a spicy dressing
  • serve with Asian style cooked meats
  • spoon over sauteed veggies

 

bowl of spicy Szechuan noodles with garlic chili oil with fresh herbs

You can serve these hot or cold. They taste amazing either way. Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.Spicy Szechuan noodles with garlic chili oil in a white bowl with chopsticksI hope you make these spicy Szechuan noodles with garlic chili oil! Please share, rate, and comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

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bowl of spicy Szechuan noodles with garlic chili oil and fresh herbs

Spicy Szechuan Noodles with Garlic Chili Oil

Spicy Szechuan noodles with garlic chili oil ready in 15 minutes! Spicy, garlicky Szechuan chili oil noodles made with Lao Gan Ma chili crisp & fresh herbs.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 523kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 servings Flat or Wide Chinese wheat noodles can substitute with other wheat noodles
  • 1 stalk scallion chopped
  • handful cilantro chopped
  • sesame seeds for garnish

Szechuan Chili Oil Sauce

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook your noodles according to the directions.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the spicy Szechuan chili oil sauce. Saute the garlic with vegetable oil in a small pot until it becomes fragrant. Remove from the heat and add the rest of the sauce ingredients into the pot while the garlic oil is still hot. Makes a little over 1/3 cup of sauce. Extra sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
  • Once the noodles are cooked and drained, add as much of the Szechuan chili oil sauce according to your liking and spice level.
  • Top with fresh cilantro, scallions, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Notes

Leftover sauce and noodles can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.ย 

Nutrition

Calories: 523kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 9.2g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 8mg
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21 comments

Jill October 24, 2019 - 6:41 pm

5 stars
Good stuff!! I didnโ€™t have time to do exactly as written. I had some Japanese Crunchy garlic topping I added in place of the garlic and oil. I did have the rest of the ingredients and found those beautiful ribbon noodles that totally make it. It came out awesome!

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Jamie
Jamie October 24, 2019 - 7:14 pm

So glad you enjoyed this recipe Jill! Those ribbon noodles are amazing aren’t they?! ๐Ÿ™‚

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sheenam @ thetwincookingproject July 28, 2019 - 1:44 am

Oh my!!!! I love these noodles. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe.

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Jamie
Jamie July 28, 2019 - 12:31 pm

So happy you like them! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Dannii July 28, 2019 - 1:11 am

Anything spicy gets a big thumbs up from me. This looks like an easy and tasty dish.

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SHANIKA July 27, 2019 - 9:56 pm

5 stars
OMG! I’m loving the flavors in this noodle recipe! I love anything spicy! YUM!

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Jamie
Jamie July 28, 2019 - 12:30 pm

Thanks Shanika! So glad you love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Cindy @ A Uniquely Edible Magic July 27, 2019 - 9:52 pm

5 stars
I love ้บป่พฃ flavours! A must-try for me ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jamie
Jamie July 28, 2019 - 12:29 pm

Yes me too! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Natalie July 27, 2019 - 8:55 pm

5 stars
WOW his looks so delicious and perfect for a comforting dinner! Can’t wait to try this recipe soon!

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Jamie
Jamie July 28, 2019 - 12:29 pm

Thanks Natalie! Hope you enjoy it!

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Sophia July 25, 2019 - 3:59 pm

5 stars
This looks so tasty and your pictures are beautiful! Can’t wait to try!

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Jamie
Jamie July 25, 2019 - 10:16 pm

Thank you Sophia! I hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Sara Welch July 25, 2019 - 3:51 pm

5 stars
What an easy yet, flavorful meal! This will be perfect for dinner tonight! Delish!

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Jamie
Jamie July 25, 2019 - 10:15 pm

Thanks Sara! Hope you love it for dinner! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Evelyne July 25, 2019 - 3:39 pm

I have that sauce so good. I am falling in love with your noodles too. I so want this right now! Great recipe.

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Jamie
Jamie July 25, 2019 - 10:14 pm

Thank you Evelyne! Hope you enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Elaine July 25, 2019 - 2:25 pm

5 stars
Quite a rare recipe of this kind of noodles. Can’t wait to try it out. I love experimenting with spices, garlic and noodles so this is perfect!

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Jamie
Jamie July 25, 2019 - 10:14 pm

Thank you Elaine! It’s so good with this type of flat ribbon noodles. It’s definitely worth the trip to your Asian market! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Genevieve July 25, 2019 - 2:02 pm

Your photography is stunning and this recipe looks delicious!

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Jamie
Jamie July 25, 2019 - 10:13 pm

Thanks Genevieve! Hope you enjoy it.

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