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Honey-Garlic Noodles with Shrimp & Greens

The second I panic that I’m running out of story ideas to accompany a new recipe and rattle my brains to think of something funny to share, up pops an opportunity that’s often quite hard to resist – and one that’s perfect to pair with this Honey Garlic Noodles recipe. I’m often asked by readers, friends, and even family, if I ever get embarrassed putting myself and my life “out there” for everyone else to read. Truth be told, I rarely ever think of my life as something other than juicy material for this lovely ‘ol blog!

Recipe for Honey-Garlic Noodles with Shrimp & Greens taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

A day hardly goes by without me beaming and declaring that a certain incident would make a wonderful precedent to a recipe I had planned. I honestly believe my mind works this way for TWO main reasons:

  1. I was painfully shy and the biggest introvert I know as a teen, and was easily embarrassed even when I was complimented on anything I had done well. As an adult, I now know who I am as a person and am confident enough to show my true self more often. I am still a bit of an introvert, but trust me when I say this is a huge improvement of what I once was!
  2. Hubby Dear LOVES, and I use that word strongly – hence the caps and bold font, having a post revolve around him. Even the mere mention of him in a post makes him beam! And since he does play a MAJOR part in my life, it’s hard to not have an anecdote without him.

Talking about this has inspired me to share some of my not-so-embarrassing-to-me things that I do often. So here goes:

  • I talk to myself ALL THE TIME! And not just a word here and there – I mean I have real conversations with myself, two-sided ones even. Which I why I’m rarely ever bored when alone. I am awesome company, if I may say so myself!
  • Every now and then I imagine myself being a rock star and rock on to my own tunes in the bathroom with a shampoo bottle as my mic!
  • Even though I grew up and spent the first 16 years of my life in Kuwait, I never tasted Hummus till I moved to Canada when Hubby Dear took me out for Lebanese food on one of our initial dates. I decided to give it a try to make him stop looking at me funny when I told him about it and found it delicious! Growing up, Hummus was a once-a-week show at our dinner table, but I always thought it looked gooey and honestly, how could a mash of beans EVER taste good? I kick myself every time I take a spoonful now for having to miss out on all those years of Hummus heaven.
  • When I wake up in the middle of the night and Hubby Dear is snoring away to glory, I always whisper “I love you” into his ear – just so he never forgets!
  • I love to dance. Not at a club or a party like all normal people do – but in all places considered odd; like at the mall, on the street, or in the car. I’m always doing a jig when I’m happy, and I try to be that most of the time.
  • I sometimes lightly kick Hubby Dear when he snores at night, keeping me up because of it. Then when he wakes up with a jerk, I pretend to be asleep. It almost always works and he goes back to sleep without snoring again!
  • Although it’s been over five years since I started this blog, I still get overly excited and gush every time I receive a comment.
  • I must’ve erased at least three more confessions that I wrote before publishing this post. See, I told you I was still a bit introverted!

My, confessions sure make me hungry and I have just the right Noodles recipe for you today. Hubby Dear is away on business, and Baby Dear and his lovely Mama have been cuddled up in front of the fireplace in their jammies all day. One look at the dreary, snowy weather outside, and I knew I needed a big bowl of some warm and comforting noodles! Try it, and you won’t be sorry.

Honey-Garlic Noodles with Shrimp & Greens

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 2
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper powder
  • salt to taste
  • 8-10 large shrimp shelled and deveined
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 2 cups chopped bok choy
  • 1 tsp pure sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp honey-garlic sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked spaghetti


  • Heat oil in a deep wok and sauté ginger, garlic and onions till fragrant and lightly browned.
  • Add in spices, salt and shrimp, and sauté till the shrimp starts to turn pink and firm up.
  • Add in broccoli, bok choy, sesame oil, honey-garlic and soy sauce, and stir-fry for 5-8 minutes till broccoli starts to soften a bit.
  • Add in chicken broth and noodles, mix well and let it start to bubble along the sides. Serve warm.

If you like this recipe, then you will surely enjoy my Curry Noodle Bowl.

Tried this recipe? Leave a Comment and let me know, also Rate it by clicking the number of stars on the recipe card. Want to share your version with me? Tag me on Instagram @hookedonheat

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  • Reply
    May - So Very Domestic
    June 22, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    5 stars
    I do that too ‘I need to bake that so I can blog about it’ or ‘this was such a flop I need to blog about it’ lol. I really like the way you write and your pics are always nice too!

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    June 8, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    5 stars
    Lovely post!!! This looks like a great recipe!

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    Moumita tiwari
    May 2, 2011 at 3:26 AM

    5 stars
    i tell you it goes straight into my recipe book. look forward to making it soon.

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    nithya at hungrydesi
    April 30, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    5 stars
    Wow, you’re back! I wondered what had happened to your blog. Congratulations on being a new(ish) mother. I have a 17 month old daughter, and she’s the best part of every day for us. And like your son, she’s quite the foodie 🙂

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    Priya Mahadevan
    April 21, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    5 stars
    Lovely blog! I would have finished that entire bowl, if it did not have the shrimps 🙂

  • Reply
    April 8, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    5 stars
    I just happened upon your blog today. So many lovely pictures and wonderfully enticing recipes.
    Thanks so much for sharing all your recipes and experiences.
    Looking forward to more great reads 🙂


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    April 5, 2011 at 7:23 AM

    5 stars
    What a wonderful blog! I just found you and I’m really liking your posts and beautiful pictures! Thank you 🙂

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    Red Rampage
    April 1, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    5 stars
    This looks delicious. Is there a standard honey-garlic sauce that I should use?

    • Reply
      April 1, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      Anyone off the shelf from the grocery store will do!

  • Reply
    March 23, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    5 stars
    Looks and tastes great!

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    March 16, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    5 stars
    Good to see you back, Im not sure if I’ve ever commented before, but congradulations on the book, the baby and everything else. Is it available in chapters? I’ve always been a fan of your recipes 🙂

  • Reply
    March 15, 2011 at 6:09 AM

    5 stars

    What would be a good substitute for bok choy for someone who lives in India? We don’t get any bok choy here! 🙂

    • Reply
      March 15, 2011 at 10:24 AM

      Hi Liz, you can definitely use spinach. Or any greens of your choice, really!

  • Reply
    March 2, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    5 stars
    I’m so happy to see you back – as a long time lurker, I’ve been missing your recipes. I’m completely obsessed with Indian cooking right now and am always looking for great new vegetarian recipes. BTW, I talk to myself too but my lips move when I do it. Very embarrassing!

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    February 27, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    5 stars
    Those honey garlic noodles sound amazing! I’m such a sucker for shrimp and pasta.

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    Sanjeeta kk
    February 22, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    5 stars
    Lovely read, and good to have come here from Prena’s blog. Will be browsing for more.

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    Summer Rose
    February 20, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    5 stars
    OmGod , i talk to myself too , all the time , i am mentally talking stories , situations and ”writing dialogues” too , lol!
    Most of my posts are spoken to me while am dancing around the kitchen 🙂 they rarely reach the written stage…ok im gng to stop rambling here, and i think this is what will write in my next post ,lol!

    The first post , i ever read on ur blog is , hello , is anybody there:-)
    Yeah i jus landed and am happy too!
    Love ur writing style and pics too!
    Looking forward to lods more:-)

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    February 18, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    5 stars
    Wow, this looks so delicious and healthy. I’d love to try it. Thanks for the great post, glad I found you!

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    February 17, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    5 stars
    Hi…… Really enjoy cooking your recipes so please keep them coming. You have used honey- garlic sauce in this one….. Is it a readymade sauce or can you make it at home….. I think it will be important to get the sauce right as it will be the main flavour!!!

    • Reply
      February 19, 2011 at 10:25 AM

      Hi Gauri, you should be able to find readymade Honey-Garlic sauce in most grocery stores.

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    Kulsum at JourneyKitchen
    February 9, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    5 stars
    OMG! Okay I might sound a bit too enthusiastic but I love the fact that you lived in Kuwait since I almost never found anyone on blogsphere you can related to life in Kuwait or the likes ( I live in Kuwait at present) and I’m such a fan of your blog, but never knew you were bought up here 😀 As usual urs recipes are delicious!

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    February 7, 2011 at 5:44 AM

    5 stars
    The honey and the greens, along with the shrimp and the garlic is too good a combo to resist. Exotic recipe, with delightful flavours! Better, your recipe is a healthy variation using very little oil to cook. Lifestyle diseases being rampant today, it pays to prepare a great meal at home and share it with your family.

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    Eliza Alys Young
    February 5, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    5 stars
    I just found this blog and I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes. I’m American engaged to an Indian. I love to cook but had never tried cooking Indian food before I met my fiance. I was an expert in Mexican food, great at Greek and Italian but Indian was too intimidating.

    So now that I have started cooking Indian food I have started to gather my own recipes. I have a lot more to learn from you! Thanks!

  • Reply
    January 27, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    5 stars
    Lovely post – enjoyed reading it! Kicking hubby, still excited about comments, doing a jog once in a while – all me too! 🙂

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    January 27, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    5 stars
    🙂 Loved reading about. and can relate to a few things including being an introvert and getting embarrassed by compliments to kicking the hubby 😀 LOL

    A baby did u say?? Congrats!

    A quick lovely dish I l would love to cook up and savor.

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    Wit,wok & wisdom
    January 27, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    5 stars
    Oh wow!This looks so delicious and inviting!

    Seems you and I have a lot in common…I too was painfully shy as a kid and had this habit of hiding my ‘self’ from everyone else.But life is the greatest teacher,and with time it has taught me to change my outlook and open up,so much so that I feel a much liberated,happier and contended person as I am now!

    Loved the recipe and the presentation!


  • Reply
    January 27, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    5 stars
    It is nice to see you blogging again. I missed you. It must be a coincidence that I had been thinking of you in the office:) ;)and made a mental note to visit your site and lo behold I see your post.
    Welcome back! Congrats enjoy your baby(boy or girl)!

  • Reply
    January 27, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    5 stars
    noodles with shrimp,…slurp

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    January 26, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe, btw–I’m going to substitute tofu for shrimp so it’ll be compatible with my vegan family. But a separate side of the shrimp for myself.

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    January 26, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    5 stars
    Lovely post.. It’s nice to see shades of self in another person’s personality and I found myself nodding and thinking, “hey, i do that too.. so I’m not the only one” and that makes my day.
    Love tour little one. XO

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    D. Jain
    January 26, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    5 stars
    Hooray! I’m so glad you’re blogging again! I’m a longtime reader and lover of your recipes but this is my first time commenting. I just made your gobi manchurian the other night for my husband and mother-in-law and it was a huge hit, as always. Keep up the great work, and congrats on the new baby!

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