KQED Radio
KQED Newssee more
Latest Newscasts:KQEDNPR
Player Sponsored By
upper waypoint

Forum From the Archives: Why Garlic Noodles Are So Bay Area

Save ArticleSave Article
Failed to save article

Please try again

The iconic garlic noodles and roast crab at Thanh Long, the Vietnamese crab spot in the Outer Sunset. (Beth LaBerge, KQED)

When asked to name some of the Bay Area’s signature foods, many would jump to name Mission burritos, It’s-It ice cream sandwiches or — especially for tourists visiting San Francisco piers — clam chowder. KQED food editor Luke Tsai is adding another food to that list: garlic noodles. “Here in the Bay Area, Asian Americans love garlic noodles. Black and Latino folks love garlic noodles. Indeed, once you start looking for garlic noodles, it seems, you find them everywhere,” Tsai writes in his recent article. So what’s behind the love for this dish born in San Francisco’s Vietnamese community? We’ll talk to Tsai about how garlic noodles became one of the Bay Area’s most iconic foods.


Tiffany Carter, founder and chef, Boug Cali

Luke Tsai, food editor, KQED


lower waypoint
next waypoint
Miranda July Wrestles with the Female Midlife Crisis in ‘All Fours’Rachel Khong’s Novel “Real Americans” Questions the Limits of Identity‘My Octopus Teacher’ Filmmaker on Connecting to Our Wild SelvesState Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Prop. 22 … and the Gig EconomyShefali Luthra on the ‘Undue Burden’ of Post-Roe Reproductive CareAll You Can Eat: Yes, the Bay Area Does Have a Late Night Dining SceneNicholas Kristof On Finding Hope Through JournalismAs Home Insurers Exit the State, Officials Promise Faster ActionDutch Research Team Recounts the Long-Term Effects of StarvationThe Long Troubled History of US Immigration Detention and the Case for Ending It