Asian Spaghetti

4 Servings
22 min

If you’ve ever dined at a Hong Kong style cafe, you may have noticed that there are some western influences to the dishes there. That’s because Hong Kong was under British rule for many years and that had a huge influence on the fusion dishes that popped up during this time. It’s quite common for the server to ask if you want rice or spaghetti with your meal. And, there are even baked spaghetti dishes with cheese as well.

Spaghetti is a very common in these cafes however they are not the typical spaghetti and meatballs or spaghetti and meat sauce. Instead, it’s usually more like spaghetti in an Asian cream sauce, black pepper sauce or curry sauce. It’s all very delicious these types of spaghetti dishes are very popular. My Asian spaghetti dish is inspired by all those spaghetti dishes in these cafes. If you can’t wrap your head around the thought of Asian spaghetti then you can easily replace the spaghetti with any kind of noodle you like.

Recipe details
  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 12 Minutes Total time: 22 min
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  • 1 1lb box of spaghetti
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 large shallot, finely sliced or 1/4 small onion finely sliced
  • 2 tbsps oil
  • Vegetables is your choice, sliced cabbage, bok choy, broccoli all work well
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tbsps dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Boil the spaghetti to al dente stage based on the instructions on the box.
While the spaghetti is cooking, heat a large sauté pan over high heat. Add in 2 tbsp of oil and add in the ground beef. Season the beef with salt and pepper.
Break up the beef and allow it to brown in the pan. Once browned, add in the garlic and shallots. Cook for a minute or two until the shallots have softened.
Add in your sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil.
Add in your vegetables. Toss and allow to simmer for a couple of minutes.
Add in the spaghetti and toss everything together. If you need more liquid then add some of the spaghetti cooking liquid. If it’s too loose then add in a little cornstarch slurry.
Add in scallions at the end and toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!
  • If you don’t like spaghetti, you can sub in any other type of noodles.
  • Deanna Deanna on Dec 19, 2021

    Looks & sounds delicious 😋 thank you

  • Val Val on Dec 19, 2021

    I do like the idea of this recipe but I was wondering if the oyster sauce could have a subscription or be omitted? Looking forward to using bowtie pasta.

    • Hmmm the oyster sauce has a very distinct umami flavor. I’m not sure what you can substitute for it. I highly suggest that you buy and keep a bottle in the fridge. It has endless uses in stirfries.