Vietnamese Garlic Butter Noodles

A sprinkling of green onions on top of these Vietnamese garlic butter noodles makes sure there's some crunch involved. #garlic #butter #noodles #pasta #sidedish

first posted the recipe for vietnamese garlic butter noodles in nov 2016, but the pics and copy have been refreshed!

the first place i had vietnamese garlic butter noodles was an the go. they were topped with perfectly cooked shrimp, but the real focus was the noodles. steaming hot, buttery, garlicky, cheesy with a hint of asian je ne sais quoi (fish sauce! soy sauce!) perfection. i had more at ppq dungeness island, and then some at star noodle, and then at thanh long. and even though thanh long is part of the same family as an the go, they somehow still weren’t as good. they were kind of cold, and didn’t have nearly enough garlic. my mom and i figured it was time for us to try it on our own.

this is also a really flexible dish. the first time i made them, the noodles got a little gummy because 1) i didn’t have enough water and it was really starchy up in there, and 2) i overcooked them. ooops. mom finished them (i bailed after i screwed up the noodles), and they still had good flavor!

or how about the time i used homemade butter? on the surface, this doesn’t sound that weird, but let’s provide some context. i was making whipped cream with a bit of white chocolate once, and it curdled badly. like cottage cheese (less watery though) bad. and i whipped to the point where i basically had butter. i had a ton of it and nothing to use it for, so a generous helping went into a batch of vietnamese garlic butter noodles. i omitted the sugar to compensate for the white chocolate, and it worked! sounds gross, still tasted delicious.

Couldn't not do a noodle pull for these Vietnamese garlic butter noodles. #garlic #butter #noodles #pasta #sidedish
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A sprinkling of green onions on top of these Vietnamese garlic butter noodles makes sure there's some crunch involved. #garlic #butter #noodles #pasta #sidedish
Vietnamese Garlic Butter Noodles
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
These Vietnamese garlic butter noodles sound like they only have garlic and butter, but they get help from fish sauce, oyster sauce and parmesan cheese.
Course: Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Fusion, Vietnamese
Keyword: butter, carbs, garlic, noodles, nut-free, oyster sauce, parmesan, pasta, spaghetti
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 361 kcal
  • 1 lb egg noodles
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 3 T minced garlic
  • 1 T low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 T granulated sugar
  • 1 T oyster sauce
  • 2 T fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  1. Boil egg noodles in a pot until they are just cooked and still al dente. Drain and place the noodles in a large bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add in remaining ingredients, except cheese and scallions, and stir until combined. Turn off heat.
  3. Add the sauce to the noodles and toss. If using, add the Parmesan and scallions. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

From Kirbie’s Cravings.

i posted this right after trump was elected. it was a strange world, especially as someone who wasn’t really cognizant of the world during clinton/bush’s terms, and came of age during the obama era. i had a hard time accepting his new status, and inevitably, we’re now used to this new normal. here’s the original bit i had though, a time capsule of when it felt like the world was as vulnerable as a shortbread cookie about to go through the mail service.

it’s weird to me to blog like nothing is wrong, that we can all just hold hands in kumbaya and eat boatloads of vietnamese garlic butter noodles. i’m still processing this shift in the world. maybe not a shift in people’s hearts, but what they now feel validated to say and do. i’ve already heard stories: a girl’s hijab was pulled and she almost choked at a school 20 minutes from home. one of my friends, who goes to aforementioned school, was approached by a man and told that she “shouldn’t wear leggings if she doesn’t want to get touched, because it’s legal now.” another friend shared a story about one of her latina friends getting yelled at by a young boy and his mother in a grocery store. and this is in california, in staunchly urban and usually liberal areas. and this is pre-presidency. i vacillate between so much grief that i can’t handle it, and contemplating safe, supportive steps i can take to help my communities heal. i still don’t have any answers, but i’m hoping that there’s enough compassion and human decency to get us through. 

more pasta besides these vietnamese garlic butter noodles

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olive pasta with kumquat vinaigrette

This creamed kale and kimchi pasta features a creamy kale and coconut milk sauce with plenty of crunchy, funky kimchi. #kale #kimchi #pasta #entree

creamed kale and kimchi pasta

These Vietnamese garlic butter noodles are buttery and garlicky and cheese-y. But a dash of oyster sauce, a drop of fish sauce and a sprinkle of sugar add a certain je ne sais quoi that make these noodles super addictive. #garlic #butter #noodles #pasta #sidedish
Freshly grated parmesan would be best on these Vietnamese garlic butter noodles, but parm out of a can works too. #garlic #noodles #vietnamese #pasta
Taking plain butter noodles to the next level with plenty of garlic and fish sauce. #garlic #noodles #vietnamese #pasta

26 Replies to “Vietnamese Garlic Butter Noodles”

  1. OMG this sounds like the perfect comfort food. I have been craving buttered noodles all the time lately so this is like a siren call to me!

    1. it’s super cozy and comforting! hope you get to try it soon (:

  2. I love when moms finish things simply because we (as their oh so favorite kids) can’t. My mom does that all the time. Well lemme be honest, I make her. But I love that you tried this after seeing it in other places and you gave it an honest shot. The fact that it still had good flavor is a nice silver lining to it all. And I just wrote a post about how I feel on this election too. It’s absolutely TERRIFYING that he is our president elect after all the things he has said and done in the time he ran for president alone. Lets not factor in the things prior to that. I’ve been subjected to so many horrid racial comments in my life that this is nothing new (like with so many others), but to hear the things that are happening to people because others feel comfortable to do it now that Trump is elected makes this even more scarier than before.

    1. usually my mom is pretty hands off but i bailed that day and made her trade tasks with me (;

      i wish you didn’t have to be so used to it! hoping you had the confidence and self-love to not let it get you down. i was definitely in an ignorant bubble, since the places i’ve lived have had large minority populations. i know that people obviously must have felt this way pre-election, but it’s scary and sad to see that they felt so strongly that they would then act on those feelings.

  3. These noodles sound so so tasty. Anything with cheese is a win for me! I hope (although I don’t have a ton of faith in humanity anymore) that things will all work out and his presidency won’t be as bad as we are expecting it to be. If only we could heal the world with more of these noodles <3

    1. thanks jessica! cheese elevates all food (: and i would make these noodles 24/7 if i thought it would help. i keep seeing articles about how he’s retracted some of his previous comments, but i’m not convinced that is how he will actually act when the time comes.

  4. I am all the way down in Australia at the moment but it seems his election has had far reaching consequences – walked past a group of men wearing trump hats and yelling “grab her by the p****” and grabbing at any poor unfortunate who happened to walk by. Our far right politicians are celebrating like they have just won a victory – it gives their anti immigrant, anti muslim agendas more sway. But through it all I am hearing such supportive messages of peace and love that I am holding out hope everything will be ok. Comfort food like this is definately in order to help with the shock 🙂 I love love love the sound of these garlicky noodles!

    1. whoa. i’ve been so focused on america that i had no idea that it was happening in other places too ): i’m almost not surprised, though a little of this cynicism is balanced by the optimism and solidarity that i have seen. hope you get to cozy up with some comforting noodles too!

  5. Yup, this recipe is my love for comfort food in a nutshell. Seriously, I think I just drooled on my keyboard (also I’m sitting outside in the impending dark and absolutely freezing my butt off–why am I still wearing a dress and cardigan in this weather?), so you know. Yeah. Amazing.

    1. yeah somehow it actually started to cool down and get dark earlier. only took until mid november, but southern california is finally starting to catch up to the rest of america! aka i’m finally ready for creamy, cozy, soupy, carby things.

  6. OK I love your style. Noodles, butter and soyyyyy! Yes please 🙂

  7. Yum! This looks like perfect carby comfort food! I am so cold this evening I can barely warm up so I could do with a bowl of these! And hey – just keep loving those right in front of you and you never know how far those loving ripples will reach :):) x

    1. perfect for warming up with! (: especially with some tofu and veggies, and you’re set (or just noodles, i understand the urge to go all carbs).

  8. Heather – what a great recipe! I love garlicky butter noodles and I’ll take my with the je ne sais quoi. (Pardon my spelling) Thanks!

    1. oh, you definitely spelled je ne sais quoi right! +10 points for gryffindor (:

  9. I used to only eat noodles with butter as a kid – as a grown-up I still love it!! So good!

    1. oh, these are even better than just plain buttered noodles! they’re a little salty and cheeesy and garlicky and sooo addictive (:

  10. This is totally my kind of dish Heather! My kids will devour this, we are a noodle loving family for sure. Going to make this soon for the kid’s lunch box.5 stars

    1. all the noodles!! lucky kids to have this for lunch (;

  11. Very little beats a big ol’ bowl of noodles, these look lovely Heather.

    1. ahhh yes! there are some days when all you need is a bunch of noodles.

  12. Love the new pictures!! Beautiful! And this noodle dish sounds like it’s full of garlic yumminess!

    1. all the garlic! i don’t mind garlic breath if i get to have these noodles (;

  13. Blogging is such a time capsule. Brave of you to write what you did right after the election.

    1. it is! this blog is basically my journal, and it feels like so long ago (and yet like it was yesterday).

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