In a pan or wok heat water until it comes to a boil
Add the noodles and stir. Cook noodles as per the instructions on the pack or till they are al dente.
Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse with water. Rinsing with water stops the cooking process. Strain them well and set aside.
When the noodles are cooking, you can prep the other ingredients - finely chop garlic cloves, spring onion, and celery. Also break or halve the chilies and remove the seeds. Set aside.
Making garlic noodles
Heat sesame oil in a wok or kadai. Keep the heat to medium and add the finely chopped garlic and the dry red chilies. Stir fry for a few seconds. No need to brown the garlic.
Then add the chopped spring onions and celery. Celery is optional and if you do not have then omit adding it.
Stir fry on a medium heat till the onions turn translucent and soften.
Then add the sauces one by one - soy sauce, red chili sauce or red chili paste. Also add rice vinegar (swap with rice wine or white vinegar). Stir well.
Add salt according to taste and sugar. Add less salt as the sauces already have salt in them. Stir and mix again.
Now add the cooked noodles.On a medium heat, mix and stir so that the sauce coats the noodles very well. Do a taste test. Add more salt or the sauces as required.
You can decrease or increase the quantity of the sauces as per your taste. You can also add black pepper or white pepper. Switch off the heat.
Finally add the spring onions greens and stir to combine.
Serve chilli garlic noodles accompanied with veg manchurian, mushroom manchurian, cauliflower manchurian or sweet and sour vegetable.
While serving garlic noodles you can also sprinkle some red chili flakes on the noodles for an extra kick of heat.
Feel free to use any type of noodles like instant noodles, whole wheat noodles, udon noodles, soba noodles, chow mein noodles, hakka noodles. The texture and taste will vary with the kind of noodles used.
I make this dish moderately spiced, but if you want more spiciness add more red chilli sauce.
You can also add vegetables to the dish like cabbage, green beans, carrots, baby corn, bell peppers, spinach.
Edible mushrooms like white button mushrooms, cremini or shiitake mushrooms can also be included in the recipe.
Instead of sesame oil, you use toasted sesame oil or any neutral oil.