Way back when my pasta universe consisted solely of spaghetti and meatballs, my father took me out to try the newly opened branch of Yellow Cab Pizza Co. I remember this especially because we got into a stubborn argument on what to order. I was convinced that spaghetti and meatballs would trump this Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta he was insisting on. We settled with ordering both and at the end of the meal there was a barely touched box of spaghetti, and I was converted.
For the complete Yellow Cab experience, sans the pizza, enjoy this with our Squash Soup food hack.
If you’re as much a fan of Yellow Cab’s Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta as I am, I bet these 2 questions have crossed your mind before: Who’s Charlie Chan? And more importantly how does one recreate this sweet yet fiery bowl at home?
While we can’t give a legitimate answer to where this dish gets its namesake, what we can guarantee is that we’ve come up with the definitive Charlie Chan food hack that captures all the savory goodness of the original.
Yellow Cab’s Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta
Serves: 6-8 people
Active time: 35 mins
Total time: 35 mins
¾ cup Lee Kum Kee oyster sauce
½ cup Lee Kum Kee chili bean sauce
½ cup Lee Kum Kee char siu sauce
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup water
slurry, to thicken (½ cup water + 1 tbsp cornstarch)
500g spaghetti noodles (cooked according to directions on pack)
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp peanut oil
½ cup garlic slivers
3 cups sliced chicken thigh fillet, season with salt and pepper
4 cups sliced fresh shitake mushrooms
½ cup spring onions, sliced into 2" long pieces
1 cup greaseless peanuts
For the sauce, put all ingredients in a pot.
Boil and thicken with cornstarch slurry.
Set aside until ready to use.
For the pasta, heat both oils in pan and sauté garlic until light brown.
Add in chicken and cook for 3-5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through, but not too browned.
Add in shiitake mushrooms and sauté for another minute.
Toss in the spring onions.
Add about 3/4 cup of Charlie Chan sauce to pan. Toss in noodles and peanuts.
Kathy is a real life happy camper who likes her food spicy and her iced tea, bottomless. Obsessed with order, she has a habit of rewriting all her notes and schedules to help her sleep at night. Her other hobbies include hoarding books, buying film SLRs and collecting travel itineraries. Currently, she’s in the predicament of trying to gain weight while traipsing around mountains and beaches with her 40 plus liter backpack.