Asian-style Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Coriander

Asian-style Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Coriander

This standard spaghetti aglio e olio is seasoned with fish sauce and garnished with coriander to give it a more ethnic flavour.
This is my personal favourite.

Ingredients: 1 serving

Pasta (I used linguine)
100 g
Extra virgin olive oil
40 ml
A. Garlic (chopped roughly)
1 to 2 cloves
A. Red chili pepper (sliced)
as needed
A. Prawns (peeled and deveined)
as needed
as needed (about 1/2 bunch)
White wine
40 ml
Thai fish sauce
2.5 ml
Plain flour
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon
Salt and pepper
to taste
Black pepper (optional)
to taste
Lemon juice (optional)
to taste


1. Prepare the A ingredients as instructed above.
2. Chop the stems of the coriander finely and cut the leafy parts roughly. Omit the coriander if you don't like it.
3. Put the plain flour in a measuring cup.
4. Pour 3 L of water into a large pot and bring to a boil. Just before it comes to a boil add 2 tablespoons of salt (it should come to 1% of the entire pot of water).
5. The amount of salt in the pasta cooking water is important to the resultant dish so measure precisely. When the water comes to the a turn the heat to low and leave to stand.
6. Put the olive oil, garlic and sliced red chili pepper in a cold frying pan. Heat over a low heat slowly until fragrant.
7. Once the garlic turns golden brown and fragrant add the prawns. Salt and pepper.
8. Turn the heat to medium-low and add the white wine and fish sauce. Cover with a lid quickly and steam the prawns.
9. Meanwhile add the pasta to the water from Step 4 and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta 30 seconds to 1 minute earlier than the package instruction says. Cook the pasta over a low heat.
10. After the prawns have cooked through add coriander stems from Step 2. Stir quickly.
11. Add 50 ml of the water you used to cook the pasta to Step 3. Add this to Step 10's pan and cook over a medium heat for 15 seconds to emulsify the sauce.
12. [Note] Emulsifying the sauce is important. At home you cook a small amount of pasta so you cannot get enough starch to emulsify the sauce.
13. By adding the flour the resultant sauce will have the right consistency. You will have a restaurant-quality sauce at home.
14. Turn the heat to low-high and add the drained pasta. Stir well.
15. I like it as it is but add more rock salt (not listed in the ingredients) if necessary.
16. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with coriander leaves. Sprinkle with lemon juice and black pepper to your liking.
17. Prawns sautéed in white wine and fish sauce really give this dish an exquisite taste. And combined with the coriander stalks just further adds to it.
18. If you don't mind fish sauce or coriander I really recommend this Asian-style spaghetti aglio e oilo.
19. Here's my Basic Spaghetti aglio e olio (Recipe ID: 115358).
20. (Recipe ID: 2531196) is a spaghetti aglio e olio with anchovies. This is nice too.

Story Behind this Recipe

I love pasta so I have enjoyed making different dishes.
When I had Thai food this idea occurred to me so I tried cooking something up. It became one of my favorites.
I measured the ingredients precisely and created a recipe.