Think Italian spaghetti aglio e olio. Now, give it Asian flavors and you have a good grasp of what this dish is all about.
What does it taste like? Garlicky, of course, and salty, but nuanced. The seasonings are oyster sauce, soy sauce and fish sauce, so, you can just imagine how rich the salty part is.
Easy to make with very basic ingredients, San Francisco-style garlic noodles is a Vietnamese-American dish born in Thanh Long Restaurant.
- 300 grams fresh Asian egg noodles
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil we used palm oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ½ tablespoon oyster sauce
- ½ tablespoon light soy sauce
- ½ tablespoon fish sauce
- ground pepper to taste
- juice from half a lime or lemon (optional but highly recommended)
- sliced scallions to garnish
- grated cheese (we used Pecorino), to garnish
- Blanch the noodles in boiling water, drain, dump in a bowl of iced water, allow to get cold than drain again.
- In a wok, heat the oil and butter.
- Saute the garlic for a few minutes until just starting to brown.
- Add the noodles and toss thoroughly to coat each strand with the flavorful oil.
- Add the oyster sauce, soy sauce and fish sauce.
- Toss the noodles until the sauces have been distributed evenly and the noodles are heated through.
- Divide the garlic noodles among four bowls.
- Optionally, squeeze lemon juice over the noodles.
- Sprinkle the garlic noodles with scallions and grate cheese directly over each bowl before serving.