I’ve always said that the secret to a good XO dish is a good XO sauce! Even if nothing else is added to the dish, it will be fantastic!
One of my mom’s favorites among the food I cook for her is this XO Sotanghon dish. At its simplest, it is just 2 ingredients! Saute the XO sauce (don’t skimp!), add broth (or even water) then the softened vermicelli noodles. When the noodles absorb the water/broth, it is done!!!
Of course it is made better with other ingredients such as shitake and shrimp or prawns. Simply saute the mushrooms and the shrimp with the XO sauce and follow with water/broth and noodles… that’s it!!!