Chef John is back with these delicious Food Wishes Garlic Noodles. He shows us how to make San Francisco style garlic noodles which he says is one of their lesser know local delicacies.
This is usually served as a side dish for Garlic Roasted Crab, it would pair perfectly with pretty much any main course. Or you can just cook and enjoy it all by itself, as Chef John is doing in this video.
We begin this scrumptious recipe with the secret sauce. For that we need one and a half tablespoons of soy sauce in a small bowl (not the low sodium kind). Next up add one tablespoon of oyster sauce to the mix. Also dribble in one and a half teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce followed by one teaspoon of Asian fish sauce. Finish up with a quarter teaspoon of sesame oil as well as a pinch of cayenne pepper. Give it a stir until mixed.
The secret sauce for the Food Wishes Garlic Noodles are now done. Along with the sauce we will now need eight cloves of finely minced garlic as well as four tablespoons of unsalted butter to sauté it in. Furthermore you will need a quarter cup of finely grated Parmesan Cheese and thinly sliced green onion to garnish the top.
Since this recipe comes together so quickly, you want to prep everything mentioned above before you head for the stove.
Let’s get cooking! Start by melting the butter in a skillet set over a medium heat. As soon as the butter is melted and starts to bubble, add the garlic. Cook it while stirring for about a minute. You just want to take of the raw edge, not let it brown. As soon as the garlic has sizzled for about a minute, stir in the secret sauce. This will stop the garlic from cooking any further. Turn off the heat and let it stand until needed (until the noodles are cooked).
For this video Chef John is using Spaghetti as his noodle which he adds to a pot of generously salted boiling water. You don’t have to stick to Spaghetti. Any other kind of noodle will also work.
When the pasta is ready, do not drain it. Just use your tongs, scoop it up and then add it to the pan with the sauce directly. We actually want a little bit of water to come with it to keep things nice and moist. Make sure the noodles are cooked all the way. El dente pasta really doesn’t work that well here. Toss the noodles in the sauce until it is completely coated.
Now it is time to add the cheese, which you stir in. If it looks like the noodles are getting a little dry, feel free to add some of the pasta water to the pan.
And that’s it. Once the noodles have been successfully sauced it is time to plate up. Because the noodles on its own is not the most visually impressive dish ever, Chef John do like to finish the top with a few red chili flakes as well as the sliced green onions.
There you have it! The San Francisco style Food Wishes Garlic Noodles are done! Enjoy…