Easy Spicy Szechuan Noodles Recipe is a popular Asian-style vegetarian recipe.
If you cook the noodles to the correct firm texture, then the stage is yours, and you can do any exciting dishes here.
Before even posting this recipe for my blog, I double-checked with the spelling for Szechuan Noodles. I need to admit that it is a little tricky.
But the method is not that tricky; this vegetarian version of spicy Szechuan noodles(and this hot and spicy Chinese chicken, too) is perfect for bachelor's cooking and an ideal lunch box recipe.
Why we love this recipe?
I can't resist myself till I'm taking these snaps. I switched off the camera, grabbed the plate and fork, and drizzled the sauce. Wow. The spiciness is indeed hitting the tongue.
This spicy vegetarian Chinese recipe is modified to Indian taste. Szechuan Chicken is the best side dish to go with these spicy noodles.
I went with ready-made Szechuan sauce for this Szechuan Noodles Recipe, which made my work much more comfortable. The recipe for these spicy Szechuan noodles is customized with secure, simple procedures(like this Instant Pot chicken curry) with shredded cabbage, green peppers, carrot, Szechuan, hot, and green sauces.
With the same process, you may also make Szechuan Fried Rice, a wholesome dinner recipe that is easier to make.
What is Szechuan Noodles?
If you are Asian or love Asian food, you probably know what Szechuan noodles are. Let me explain here for those who do not know how it tastes. Chinese cuisine is divided based on its region.
And these Szechuan noodles belong to the Szechuan or Sichuan cuisine. This cuisine is known for its spicy food and has a hot pepper called Sichuan pepper. They use garlic and chili peppers widely in their preparations.
These spicy Szechuan noodles are super hot for the average American palette. There are two main ingredients for this spicy noodles recipe. The first is noodles, of course, and the second one is chili garlic sauce.
Since finding Sichuan peppers in the United States is challenging, we make them with Chinese chili garlic sauce in the leading grocery stores.
The main ingredients
Noodles. The quality of noodles decides the final taste of the spicy Szechuan noodles. So invest in good quality noodles. No 2 minutes or ramen noodles would play perfectly in this recipe.
Making a trip to your local Asian or Indian store is worth making your own better than any Asian takeaway. You can also use store-bought spaghetti if you cannot find the noodles.
Chili garlic sauce. Nowadays, grocery stores do carry chili garlic sauce in the international aisles. I do find them in our Walmart and Wegmans. This chili garlic sauce is fiery and has a tint of vinegar's sourness.
Rice vinegar. This brings out a whole new dimension to the noodles. Finding them in the regular stores is a hit-or-miss situation. But these are located in the Asian markets. A small jar can last longer, and it costs a few dollars, which is an advantage for people who are making Asian food occasionally.
Vegetables. There is no restriction for using the kind of plants. But generally, cabbage, carrot, green pepper, red pepper, and spring beans are the common vegetables in Asian dishes. But add broccoli, celery, Brussels sprouts, and mushrooms.
How to make Spicy Szechuan noodles:
Cook noodles in the boiling water for about 3-4 min, or until the noodles are ¾th done. Immediately drain the water, run cold water, and fatigue that water, too. Keep it aside till we look into the other process.
Mince the garlic and set aside.
Chop the vegetable cabbage, carrot, and green pepper to match stick-thin sizes.
Add oil and minced garlic in a big pan on a high flame.
Cook for a few seconds until the garlic becomes golden brown.
Add the vegetables and saute on high heat until they are half done.
Now add noodles, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar.
Stir everything together on high heat till the noodles get coated with the sauce.
Serve Szechuan Noodles hot with tomato sauce and chili sauce.
Other Asian recipes you may like,
- Spicy teriyaki sauce
- Hibachi Soup recipe
- Spicy garlic edamame
- One-pot spicy Thai noodles
- Pan-fried wontons
- Paneer Manchurian recipe
Printable recipe card
Spicy Szechuan Noodles
- 1 lb noodles
- 8 cups water or just enough to immerse the noodles
- Cook noodles in the boiling water until the noodles are ¾th done.
- Immediately drain the water and run through cold water. Drain and keep aside.
- In a big pan, add vegetable oil and minced garlic.
- Cook until the garlic is fragrant.
- Now add shredded cabbage, carrot, and green pepper.
- Saute until the vegetables are half cooked.
- Add drained noodles, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, and rice wine vinegar.
- Toss until all the ingredients are combined well.
- And serve hot with tomato ketchup or chili sauce.
Serve with Indo-Chinese side dishes like chili chicken, garlic chicken, and gobi Manchurian.
Tips and Variations for Szechuan Noodles Recipe:
1. Add shredded chicken to make Szechuan chicken noodles.
2. The same recipe can be used to make Szechuan rice.