Simple Cold Sesame Noodles
January 9, 2016
Sesame noodles are a traditional, Asian inspired Chinese dish. Bring a hint of authentic Oriental cuisine to your home with this sumptuous and filling noodle dish. Sesame noodles can be made with various sauces, however, you will often find sesame noodles served up cold with a peanut style sauce. Finely ground peanuts and chopped carrots are often sprinkled on top of the noodles to add a little extra crunch.
This dish is simple to make, although it does require an extensive list of ingredients. Once you have all of the ingredients in stock, making this dish is relatively straightforward, quick and simple. This is a great meal to make when having guests over or when needing to prepare a meal for large groups of people. Palatable to almost everyone, cold sesame noodles are frequently a favorite by diners at Chinese restaurants.
You can add any additional vegetables to this dish as desired. If you are serving the sesame noodles as a main dish, add chicken or tofu to make this meal heartier and more substantial. When served as the main entree, cold sesame noodles pair up nicely with other traditional Asian inspired sides, such as Chinese cucumber salad, spicy eggplant or green beans.
Cold sesame noodles are an excellent summer dish when the weather is hot and is also a great option for vegetarian diners. Try experimenting with different variations on this basic noodle dish, from using different noodle varieties to different sauces and toppings. These noodles can easily be made more or less spicy by changing the amount of chili paste used. For a real spicy kick, sprinkle some chili pepper flakes on top.
If you want to make a healthier version of these noodles, try substituting the noodles with a whole wheat variety and replace the regular white sugar with brown sugar. If you are watching your salt intake, use a low sodium soy sauce version.
- broccoli or cauliflower florets
- Chinese mushrooms
- chicken or tofu
Peanut Sauce Ingredients
- 3 tablespoons Chinese sesame paste (or 3 tablespoons tahini with an extra teaspoon of sesame oil)
- 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons chili paste
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add your noodles and cook until they are al dente. Make sure not to overcook the noodles.
Place the noodles in a sieve to drain, then run them under cool water. Return the noodles to the saucepan.
Mix in one tablespoon of peanut oil. In a medium sized skillet, heat approximately one tablespoon of peanut oil. Finely grate the ginger and add it to the skillet. Measure out and add the garlic. Let cook for just under a minute and then remove from heat.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, prepare the peanut sauce. Combine all of the ingredients together as well as 3 tablespoons of water. Mix until all of the ingredients are well combined. Add the garlic and ginger and stir thoroughly.
Add the sauce and julienned cucumbers and carrots to the noodles. Mix everything together until the sauce is evenly distributed around the noodles. You can either serve the noodles up warm, or for cold sesame noodles, let them chill in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours.
Before serving up the sesame noodles, garnish each dish with the finely sliced scallions, sesame seeds and chopped peanuts.
To make your meal feel especially authentic, serve up this dish with Chinese chopsticks.
Sesame noodles can be kept and stored for several days in the fridge, however, they are best eaten with the first couple of days of cooking.
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