Shanghai scallion oil noodles (葱油拌面) is a simple noodle dish that is easy to make homemade with just 6 ingredients in under 10 minutes. Boiled hand-pulled noodles are tossed in a flavourful oily sauce with fried scallions (or spring onions), making them completely vegan. These delicious authentic noodles taste so much better than restaurant takeout.
What are Shanghai Scallion Oil Noodles?
Similar to Shanghai fried noodles, these scallion oil noodles are another signature noodle dish in Shanghai, and is considered one of the most popular dishes in China. It is served in almost any restaurant you go to in Shanghai, and is typically enjoyed for breakfast or lunch. Danny grew up enjoying a bowl of these noodles alongside some steamed buns and wonton soup. It was also one of my favourite noodle dishes that I tried when I visited China a couple of years ago.
To make Shanghai scallion oil noodles, you will need just a few ingredients:
- hand-pulled thin noodles - we used homemade hand-pulled noodles, but you can also use store-bought noodles (use thin, dry wheat noodles also called "yangchun noodles").
- vegetable oil
- fresh scallions - also known as spring onions.
- soy sauce
- white pepper
How to Make the Best Shanghai Scallion Oil Noodles
- Make the noodles. In a medium cooking pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add hand-pulled noodles into the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Stir the noodle with chopsticks to prevent them from sticking together. If you use store-bought noodles, refer to the package for cooking instructions. Drain the noodles well with a spider strainer or colander and place it in a bowl. (You do not need to rinse the noodles under running water).
- Make the scallion oil sauce. Heat vegetable oil in a wok or shallow saucepan over medium heat for 2 minutes until the hot oil starts to sizzle and shimmer. Add in scallions (they should start sizzling immediately) and cook for 2 minutes until browned. Add in soy sauce, white pepper and sugar, and stir to cook for 1 minute until the sauce starts sizzling and bubbling.
- Assemble the noodles. Remove from heat and pour the sauce over the cooked noodles. Stir well with chopsticks to coat the noodles evenly and serve immediately.
- How to store: Scallion oil noodles are best served fresh. Once the noodles start going cold, they will stick together and get stiff. If you happen to have leftovers, you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, but the noodles may clump together. To reheat, steam the noodles or heat in the microwave.
- How to serve: Serve with vegetarian steamed buns, Shanghai-style wonton soup, and/or a Chinese garlic cucumber salad.
More Noodle Recipes
- Shanghai Style Fried Noodles
- Spicy Dan Dan Noodles
- Chicken Pad Thai
- Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodles
- Thai Red Curry Noodle Soup
- Vegetarian Peanut Miso Ramen
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