Mi Xao Toi – Vietnamese Garlic Noodles

A recipe from Chef Tu David Phu

Mi Xao Toi Vietnamese Garlic Noodles

Garlic Noodles were invented at Thanh Long, sister restaurant of the wildly well-known ‘Crustaceans’ in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco back in 1971. They have been featured the way to (almost) each Vietnamese-American restaurant. Although Garlic Noodles aren’t popular, this dish is associated with Banh Mi, summer rolls and Pho.

Other noodles: Mì Khô Xá Xíu – Dry Noodles With Char Siu Pork

Disclaimer: Garlic noodles are not meant to be oily. Is there anything more delicious than a bowl of noodles full of garlicky and buttery deliciousness? It’s not as difficult as it seems making garlic noodles buttery is quite difficult. However, don’t fret because with this dish, I’ll provide you with a foolproof method to master this dish (almost) each time.


Vietnamese Garlic Noodles (Mì Xào Tỏi)

This dish may not be suitable for people allergic to garlic. You can adjust the amount of garlic to suit your taste
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine vietnamese
Calories 225 kcal


  • 20 oz. , Sun Noodle, Kaedama (or substitute dried spaghetti noodles)
  • 5 cloves, Minced Garlic
  • 3 tbsp, Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tbsp, Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp, Fish Sauce
  • 1 tsp, Organic Sugar [1/2 tsp Monk Fruit Sugar]
  • ½ tsp, Black Pepper, coarse ground
  • ¼ cup, Chives or Scallion, sliced


Blanche Noodles

  • Prepare a medium-sized pot water to a rolling boil
  • The pot should be brought to rolling boil
  • Pour noodles in the boiling water in the
  • Cook noodles until al dente (approximately 4 minutes)
  • Save 1/2 cup of poaching noodle liquid
  • Rinse noodles using a food colander

Stir Fry Noodles

  • Heat a 10-" fry pan (or cast iron dutch oven) at medium-high heat for 5 mins.
  • Mix in 1/2 cup of poaching liquid for noodles as well as 5 cloves minced garlic
  • When the water has decreased to 50%, add 3 tablespoons of butter.
  • Stir vigorously.
  • When the butter has fully melt, add 1 tsp of Organic Sugar, 1 tbsp of Fish Sauce and 1 tbsp of Oyster Sauce.
  • Stir vigorously.
  • The butter sauce will appear creamy and thick.
  • Add the noodles that have been blanched.
  • Mix and fold noodles in butter sauce for three minutes.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Season black pepper coarsely.


  • In a large plate (or bowl) make use of kitchen tongs to lightly lay the noodles on top.
  • Serve the noodles with Chives (or scallions)
  • Serve.


  • Make use of Zucchini noodles for a low carb versions
  • Substitute substitute Fish Sauce substitute Fish Sauce Tamari (equal parts) and Oyster sauce instead of Hoisin sauce, making the dish vegan.
  • Samba and Sriracha make great condiments for this dish.
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  1. Lanhuong June 28, 2022

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