Sambal Noodles with Shrimp and Chinese Broccoli

This Asian noodle dish is equal parts sweet, sour and spicy thanks to a combination of sweet soy sauce and fresh sambal sauce, a spicy Southeast Asian chili sauce. Shrimp, Chinese broccoli and shiitake mushrooms bring meaty texture and substance to this satisfying one-dish meal.

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Makes: 6 servings
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All You Need

  • 1 package pinch dried lo mein or chow mein noodles
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Fresh Sambal Sauce (recipe in the description)
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) McCormick Gourmet Ground Ginger
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) vegetable oil, divided
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) thinly sliced shallots, divided
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped garlic, divided
  • 1 lb (250 mL) medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 - 3 Chinese broccoli, ends of stems trimmed and broccoli cut into 1-in (2.5 cm) pieces, or broccolini (about 2 cups/500 mL)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sliced shitake mushrooms
  • 3 green onions, cut into 1-in (2.5 cm) pieces
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) chopped cashews
  • 1 lime, cut into 6 wedges


  1. Cook noodles as directed on package. Drain well. Set aside. Meanwhile, mix sweet soy sauce, Sambal Sauce and ginger in small bowl. Set aside.

  2. Heat 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the oil in large skillet or wok on medium-high heat. Add 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the shallots and 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the garlic; sauté 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add shrimp; sauté 3 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Remove shrimp from skillet.

  3. Heat remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil in same skillet on medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 tbsp (30 mL) shallots and 1 tbsp (15 mL) garlic; sauté 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add broccoli, mushrooms and green onions; sauté 2 to 3 minutes or until tender-crisp. Add noodles, shrimp and sweet soy sauce mixture; toss to coat well.

  4. Spoon noodle mixture into serving bowls. Top with cashews and additional Sambal Sauce, if desired. Squeeze with lime wedge before serving.

  5. Tip! Sweet soy sauce, sometimes called kecap manis, is a thick dark sauce typically used in Indonesian and Chinese cooking. It can be found in Asian groceries. To make your own, simmer equal parts soy sauce and brown sugar or molasses until thickened.

  6. Tip! Chinese broccoli or gai lan is a dark green leafy vegetable with thick stems and small flower heads similar in appearance to broccoli. Its flavour is stronger than broccoli and faintly bitter.


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