San Francisco-Style Garlic Noodles

// San Francisco-Style Garlic Noodles

Prep Time

2 mins

Cook Time

13-14 mins

Free Time

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This iconic San Francisco dish is a fusion of cultures, harmonizing the best of Vietnamese and American influences. It originated on the menu at Helene An’s Thanh Long restaurant and has been adapted for the home cook by Kenji Lopez-Alt. Our microwave version of this Bay-area classic is a one-pot wonder, packed with umami-rich elements like fish sauce, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. By cooking the noodles with the sauce ingredients at the same time, the pasta absorbs all of the flavors and offers leftover pasta water to finish the sauce. It’s speedier than takeout, or a trip to San Francisco!

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • cups (350ml) water
  • 4 oz (115g) spaghetti, broken in half
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce or tamari
  • ½ teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • thinly sliced scallions, optional


  1. Add all the ingredients, except the Parmesan cheese, to an Anyday Deep dish.
  2. Cook in the microwave uncovered for 13-14 minutes, or until the pasta is tender. Stir halfway through for best results.
  3. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir to make a sauce with the leftover cooking water. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  4. Top with scallions and enjoy.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add frozen broccoli florets or peas.
  • Add some chili flakes for a spicy kick.
  • Add frozen shrimp for a protein-packed dinner.

Recipe notes

  • The pasta will thicken a bit as it cools down.
  • Stir halfway through for best results.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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