Good Style: SF’s finest garlic noodles could possibly be in your kitchen

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The OG: Thanh Lengthy’s garlic noodles

This week’s column will educate you make a heavenly model of garlic noodles that pays homage to Thanh Lengthy, the Outer Sundown restaurant the place they have been invented within the mid-’70s. Thanh Lengthy’s garlic noodles, which I’ve been consuming for the reason that late ’90s (and are additionally obtainable on Polk Road), stay my favourite, however I’ve obtained another native garlic noodle suggestions so that you can think about, too.

Beef and garlic noodles by PPQ Beef Noodle Home

PPQ Beef Noodle Home, PPQ Dungeness Island, Golden Crab Home and Perilla all have the identical proprietor and serve garlic noodles. It’s only a facet dish at Golden Crab Home, the place Dungeness crab and Maine lobster are the highlights, however you’ll be able to order garlic noodles as a plate with proteins like hen, beef, or shrimp on the different spots. They’re solely about half as dank as Thanh Lengthy’s on the garlic scale, however that’s fairly sufficient for a fast and fewer formal lunch or dinner.

Sunday Collect’s garlic noodles
Sunday on the Museum’s garlic noodles with prawns

Sunday Collect and Sunday on the Museum are Group Cheese for his or her garlic noodles—the previous makes use of Parmesan, whereas the latter favors ricotta, and so they completely work. Each spots supply the choice so as to add hen katsu, whereas Sunday on the Museum additionally provides prawns and pork. The noodles are slimmer than what you’ll discover at Thanh Lengthy, which additionally means chances are you’ll unintentionally slurp them up even sooner.

Garlic noodles by Lily

Lily, which opened in October 2020, makes use of three sorts of garlic (together with inexperienced garlic) in addition to recent veggies like peppers and asparagus for his or her garlic noodles so that you get rocked by totally different textures and flavors. And the restaurant’s good yogurt shakes (sinh tố) assist hold the dragon breath at bay.

Le Soleil’s garlic noodles

The 29-year-old Le Soleil goes in for the kill with additional crispy garlic chips on high of their garlic noodles. The restaurant’s rendition is darker in shade than Thanh Lengthy’s type, which suggests the usage of soy sauce and oyster sauce. It doesn’t style like butter is at play right here. Le Soleil and Lily are neighbors within the Richmond District, so you would truly get them organized each for pickup and have a non-public showdown the place you’re the last word winner!

Garlic noodles by Tamara Palmer


Garlic Noodles

By Tamara Palmer

Energetic prep time: quarter-hour

Cook dinner time: 50 minutes

Servings: 2-3

I attempted a number of iterations of this recipe till I discovered a model that jogged my memory of Thanh Lengthy’s unique, which is saved secret. As soon as I used the egg noodles from Tin Wah Noodle Co., which has been in enterprise in San Francisco for the reason that Forties, it was a wrap—they’re excellent!

Although many recipes on the web use soy sauce and oyster sauce, they took the dish too near chow mein and wouldn’t make the ultimate lineup. I’ve lengthy heard the rumor that Thanh Lengthy makes use of Maggi seasoning, which tastes like an excellent concentrated soy sauce to me, and located that a little bit of that offers me the umami I crave. And if sugar freaks you out, think about it optionally available.

Mise en place for Tamara Palmer’s garlic noodles


3 small bulbs of garlic

2 Tbsps olive oil

½ cup unsalted butter, lower into 6-8 items

2 Tbsps Maggi seasoning

2 Tbsps sugar (I exploit cane sugar)

1 bundle (10 oz.) Tin Wah Noodle Co. egg noodles

Preheat the oven to 400°. Utilizing your palms, rub and peel the highest layers of pores and skin off of two bulbs of garlic, then lower the tops of the bulbs off.

Place bulbs in a small foil packet and drizzle with 1 Tbsp of olive oil, then shut up the packets and roast within the oven for 45 minutes.

Grate or mince as many cloves as you need from the remaining uncooked garlic bulb (I exploit 3-4) and put aside. As soon as the opposite garlic is roasted, squeeze cloves right into a bowl with uncooked garlic, taking care to take away any errant pores and skin. (I exploit gloves for this as a result of I’m a princess.)

Boil noodles for 3 minutes. Take away from warmth, rinse with chilly water in a colander, and add to a big mixing bowl. 

Begin melting the butter and remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a pan over medium warmth. Add roasted and uncooked garlic and stir to include, mashing the roasted garlic as you go. Add Maggi and sugar and stir till dissolved, about 3-5 minutes.

Pour combination over noodles and stir nicely. Inhale deeply and prepare to get together! PS: A spoonful of sesame oil after the meal takes the highest layer of garlic breath away till you’re capable of meet up along with your toothpaste.

Further credit score: Sprinkle with grated Parmigiano Reggiano, chopped inexperienced onion, and/or fried garlic chips (Burma Love sells packages of them, or make your personal by scorching in scorching impartial oil).

Should you’re actually hungry now, Tamara’s website California Consuming has extra bites to devour.