Quick Meatless Monday Meal – Chili Oil Stretched Noodles

You Po Mian

I first discovered this dish in 2013 at one of my favourite food court stalls in Richmond Public Market, Xi’an. It is another Northern China style dish that is simple and easy to throw together with pantry ingredients. It’s stretched noodles with a savoury garlic chili oil. It is similar to a Aglio e Olio in Italian Cuisine.


So what you will need is:

For the Sauce:

  • 2 oz Knife Cutting Noodles, uncooked
  • 1 oz of Greens (Choy Sum or Siu Choy or Spinach)
  • Salt to taste
  • Dash of Ground White Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Light Soy sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sweet Soy sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Chinkiang vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons Sesame oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Chili Oil
  • 1 clove of Garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of chopped Cilantro
  • 1/2 Green Onion, thinly sliced

1. Cook the noodles according to package directions until al dente.
Chili-Stretch-Noodles-Add-Noodles
2. Meanwhile, add the white pepper, soy sauces, vinegar, crushed garlic and salt to taste to the bowl.
Chili-Stretch-Noodles-Mix-Sauce
3. In the same pot as the noodles, blanch the greens just before the noodles are finished. Drain in a strainer altogether with the noodles.
Chili-Stretch-Noodles-Strain
4. Plate the noodles. Pour the soy sauce mixture on top of the noodles.
5. In a small pot, heat the oils. Carefully pour the hot oil over the bowl of noodles. Garnish with cilantro and green onions. Serve!
Chili-Stretch-Noodles-Cilantro


Chili Oil Stretched Noodles

So what you will need is:

For the Sauce:

  • 2 oz Knife Cutting Noodles, uncooked
  • 1 oz of Greens (Choy Sum or Siu Choy or Spinach)
  • Salt to taste
  • Dash of Ground White Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Light Soy sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sweet Soy sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Chinkiang vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons Sesame oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Chili Oil
  • 1 clove of Garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of chopped Cilantro
  • 1/2 Green Onion, thinly sliced
  1. Cook the noodles according to package directions until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, add the white pepper, soy sauces, vinegar, crushed garlic and salt to taste to the bowl.
  3. In the same pot as the noodles, blanch the greens just before the noodles are finished. Drain in a strainer altogether with the noodles.
  4. Plate the noodles. Pour the soy sauce mixture on top of the noodles.
  5. In a small pot, heat the oils. Carefully pour the hot oil over the bowl of noodles. Garnish with cilantro and green onions. Serve!

Thank you for reading! Hope you enjoyed this recipe. I’d like to see how they turned out! “#sweetrehabkitchen”. If you have any suggestions of what you’d like to see me make next, let me know in the comments below!

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