Chili oil noodles are a quick and easy dish that rose up with the 2020 to 2021 food trends found in social media. Similar to the instant noodles but with a more customizable sauce to suits each person’s personal preference and add more ‘oomph’ to your usual noodles. Chili oil in noodles gives your usual instant noodles an extra level of fun and spice to give you your kick of the day.
What is Chili oil?
Chili oil is a popular condiment made of vegetable oil infused with chilies and other spices. Mostly seen in Chinese and Asian cuisine, chili oil has a dark or bright red orange color with a variety of flavor options depending on the spices used. This is usually a concoction of Sichuan peppercorn, red pepper, ginger, toasted sesame seeds, spices like black pepper, star anise, bay leaves, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, and cloves. The spices are cooked over a pot to bring out the flavor and aroma, mixed and crushed or grinded together, hot oil will then be poured over the spices, which bubbles and cooks the spices, cooled to room temperature, placed in an air tight container and kept in the fridge overnight or for a few days to further ‘marinade’ and strengthen it’s flavor. Chili oil is used as a dip for wontons, dumplings, or scallion pancakes, topped on congee or rice, or anywhere you’d like to add a little kick in!
Why are Noodles so fun to eat?
Asians are the biggest consumer of instant noodles, with as many sa 320 million servings eaten each day, China tops the chart for consumption with Philippines being the 7thin line. While Korea is leading the per capita consumption of noodles. In 1958, beginning from flash fried noodle, there are now a multitude of noodles flavor varieties the basic being chicken, beef, pork, seafood, vegetables, curry, cheese, and chili peppers.
Noodles, or Chinese noodles have around 4,000 years of history starting from the Han Dynasty. There are a thousand varieties of noodles found in China, made with different seasonings, flour, and methods. Noodles were then called ‘cake’ with carious shapes and cooked in soups. A few dynasties after, the shapes and methods on making the noodle evolved and improved, even the cold noodle or ‘Leng tao’ was created, fooling the few noodles based dishes like ‘five spicy noodles’ by the Qing dynasty, and ‘eight treasures noodles’ these were made of plant and animal powder mixed with flour and water. These goes to show how much and how far back noodles have been created to accustom to the people of each generation. The revolution of these within the food industry has caused mass production to the point that it has become part of the Chinese diet, even other Asian and western countries can agree that noodles in one way or the other has taken some part of their lives, and may even stay in the rotation of a weekday meal menu. Not only that but noodles have gradually made themselves part of one’s religion and culture, for example in China and the Philippines, noodles made into Chinese stir-fried into longevity noodles or in pasta form are eaten as a sign of having a longer life, in China they eat noodles on the lunar new year because it signifies the dragon’s whiskers to look forward to the oncoming days.
Instant noodles are beloved for their quick and easy convenience, strong flavor, warmth, and ‘dish’ that can easily fill you up for a cheap price. These handy low effort noodle meals can be customized to make them ‘healthier’ and tastier with any ingredients such as leafy greens, vegetables, beef, pork and other meats, tofu and sometimes are loaded with melted cheese or even more spices.
What’s in the Chili Oil Noodles?
Chili oil noodles are originally made with Szechuan noodles and garlic chili oil with other spices and sesame oil. These days because of a variety of noodle options, noodles like udon, soba, pasta or instant noodles can be use for convenience and each person’s own choice of their favorite way to make this interesting dish.
Chili oil noodles are a combination of soy sauce, garlic, butter and chili oil to make it glossy, peanut butter for a creamy texture, sesame oil and oyster sauce for more flavor. All heated and mixed to coat your choice of noodles. Make this healthy by adding ground meat and veggies or simple by adding garnishes like leeks, cilantro or parsley.
Chili Oil noodles is a spicy garlicky delight that can wake you up in the afternoon or make as a quick no effort lunch!
5 Minute Chili Oil Noodles
A quick dish to spice up the afternoon!
2 packs noodles
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup garlic (chopped)
1/3 cup chili oil
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
cilantro or parsley for garnish
- Cook the noodles according to packaging. Removing a minute of boiling.
- Prepare the sauce: in another pan at medium heat, melt butter, sauté garlic till fragrant, add chili oil, soy sauce, peanut butter, sesame oil, and oyster sauce. Mix well.
- Strain the noodles and add this to the sauce. Toss to coat the noodles with sauce.
- After the noodles are fully coated, serve and garnish with cilantro or parsley.
- Use pre-made or store-bought chili oil for convenience.
- To make homemade chili oil check this out (https://yummykitchentv.com/homemade-chili-garlic-sauce/)
5 Minute Chili Noodles (Tagalog)
- 2 balot ng pansit
- 1/2 tasa mantikilya na walang asin
- 1/3 tasa bawang(tadtad)
- 1/3 tasa chili oil
- 2 kutsarang soy sauce
- 1 kutsarang peanut butter
- 1/2 kutsarang sesame oil
- 1 kutsarang oyster sauce
- Cilantro or parsley pang dekorasyon
- Lutuin ang pansit ayon sa tagubilin. Tangalan ng isang minute ng pagkulo.
- Handain ang sarsa; sa ibang kawali na nasa katamtamang init, tunawin ang mantikilya, lutuin ang bawang hangang bumango, dagdagan ng chili oil, soy sauce, peanut butter, sesame oil, at oyster sauce. Haluin ng mabuti.
- Salain ang pansit. Ilagay to sa may sarsa. Haluin hangang makulay ng sarsa ang pansit.
- Pagkatapos haluin, ihanda at dekorasyonan ng cilantro o parsley.