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How to Make Yellow Cab's Charlie Chan Pasta

Posted by Kathy



Charlie Chan Chicken pasta is a recipe by Yellow Cab Pizza Co. It is a sweet and spicy type of pasta. I'm not sure why they named it after a fictional character but they may have done so because of this pasta's Chinese ingredients. Its creators may have wanted to emphasize that origin.

So anyway, I fell in love with this dish from the very first time we ordered it through Yellow Cab delivery. I remember that day clearly. I was watching the film Eat Pray Love. In the "Eat" part of the movie, Julia Roberts, who played the main character, was in Italy and was devouring in pizza and gelato and yes...pasta! In the middle of watching the close-up pasta scenes, I hit pause and rushed to my sister and asked her - would you like to Yellow Cab? I always knew she'd say yes anytime. LOL! And so we ordered a box of their pizzas AND the Charlie Chan pasta. After that, it was on my fave list.


A couple of days ago I was craving for it again. But for some reason, wanted to cook, instead of just buy it. And so just looked up the ingredients online and came across the Charlie Chan recipe from food.com. I realized how easily I'd find the ingredients and hit the mall the day after to look for them.

The recipe from food.com will give you a finished product that isn't at all spicy. The original Charlie Chan pasta always made me wanna drink soda or water in between devouring in it. But one could eat this food.com version quite quickly without blowing any spiciness off. So I'd suggest that if you want a really spicy Charlie Chan, add more chili-garlic sauce. Here's is the slightly modified Charlie Chan recipe.

Charlie Chan Pasta Ingredients

  • 1 whole boneless chicken breast
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 pieces onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons Char siu sauce (lee kum kee)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce (1-2 teaspoons for a spicy version)
  • 9 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 400 g cooked pasta
  • cashew (optional)
Estimates
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: around 35 minutes
Directions
1. Slice garlic and onions
2. Sauté onion and garlic in a little olive oil
3. Cook chicken until it is brownish
4. In a separate bowl, mix sesame oil, char siu sauce,, oyster sauce, chilli garlic, sugar, and water.
5. Add liquid mixture to chicken and simmer for a few minutes.
6. Mix in pasta
7. Serve and enjoy!
Serving
This will feed 5-6 people with normal appetites or 3-4 hungry-like-wolves people
My next Charlie Chan Pasta will surely have mushrooms and will be a lot spicier! I also wanna improve on the texture. That's it! Til next time folks. :)

13 comments on "How to Make Yellow Cab's Charlie Chan Pasta"

Anonymous said...

merely reading the recipe my mouth is watering and i am instantly craving for it. . .

Kathy on July 31, 2011 at 11:29 PM said...

@anonymous hello ate vicky..that must be you...hahaha... thanks for dropping by. let me know how your Charlie Chan goes... :D

Mars on August 30, 2011 at 3:11 AM said...

Thank you for this! I will definitely try it. :)

Kathy on August 30, 2011 at 3:17 AM said...

Hello Mars. Thanks for droppin by. Enjoy your Charlie Chan!

Anonymous said...

are you using red or white onion?

Kathy on September 28, 2011 at 4:01 AM said...

I used red onion for this...but i have also tried using white onion at one point and it worked fine :)

Anonymous said...

hello, this is also one of my fav. just wanna ask what is best pasta for this..any brand name or exact brand name of pasta? Anyone can help? thanks!

Steve niklas on July 7, 2012 at 5:05 AM said...

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Anonymous said...

What's the brand of the chili garlic sauce that you used? Thanks!

Leah said...

i tried it and my husband loves it a lot!! thanks for the recipe! i really miss Yellow Cab back in the country, unfortunately, there is none where we are currently residing.

mommyCay said...

may i ask where did the rest of the olive oil go?as "a little olive oil" was only used for sauteing..? will i mix it in with the rest of the ingredients?thanks! =)

MikaBonita said...

There's too much oyster sauce in this recipe so the sauce turned out really salty. I salvaged the dish by setting aside a cup of the sauce and adding 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter to the remaining sauce. I added a little more sugar too. I salted the noodles during boiling so I rinsed it under running water in order to remove any more salt that could add to the sauce. Having done all that, the pasta turned out tasting exactly like the Charlie Chan that I used to enjoy in Yellow Cab. The next time I make this, I'll put only 1Tbsp oyster sauce and add soysauce a little at a time to control the saltiness. I also used only 3tbsp of olive oil for sauteing and I added the sesame oil right before serving.

Ash on July 16, 2013 at 10:27 AM said...

You made me hungry!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

merely reading the recipe my mouth is watering and i am instantly craving for it. . .

Kathy said...

@anonymous hello ate vicky..that must be you...hahaha... thanks for dropping by. let me know how your Charlie Chan goes... :D

Mars said...

Thank you for this! I will definitely try it. :)

Kathy said...

Hello Mars. Thanks for droppin by. Enjoy your Charlie Chan!

Anonymous said...

are you using red or white onion?

Kathy said...

I used red onion for this...but i have also tried using white onion at one point and it worked fine :)

Anonymous said...

hello, this is also one of my fav. just wanna ask what is best pasta for this..any brand name or exact brand name of pasta? Anyone can help? thanks!

Steve niklas said...

nice blog checkout my latest blog on

http://www.togetherfornature.blogspot.com

feel free to leave a comment

Anonymous said...

What's the brand of the chili garlic sauce that you used? Thanks!

Leah said...

i tried it and my husband loves it a lot!! thanks for the recipe! i really miss Yellow Cab back in the country, unfortunately, there is none where we are currently residing.

mommyCay said...

may i ask where did the rest of the olive oil go?as "a little olive oil" was only used for sauteing..? will i mix it in with the rest of the ingredients?thanks! =)

MikaBonita said...

There's too much oyster sauce in this recipe so the sauce turned out really salty. I salvaged the dish by setting aside a cup of the sauce and adding 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter to the remaining sauce. I added a little more sugar too. I salted the noodles during boiling so I rinsed it under running water in order to remove any more salt that could add to the sauce. Having done all that, the pasta turned out tasting exactly like the Charlie Chan that I used to enjoy in Yellow Cab. The next time I make this, I'll put only 1Tbsp oyster sauce and add soysauce a little at a time to control the saltiness. I also used only 3tbsp of olive oil for sauteing and I added the sesame oil right before serving.

Ash said...

You made me hungry!

 

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