These sesame noodles are quick and easy to make, especially if you make a bigger batch of the sauce and store it in a jar in your refrigerator. Just omit the warm water if you decide to make enough for storage and it should keep for a few weeks. You can make the basic dish and then each person can add in whatever extras they like – more soy sauce, Chinese black vinegar, hot chili sauce, etc.

Sarah and I had a battle of the presentations for this dish, so check it out.

You’ll need:

  • 8 oz. noodles
  • 1 scallion, julienned
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup cucumber
  • ½ cup bean sprouts
  • cilantro
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Handful of crushed peanuts

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 cloves freshly minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon white or rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons reserved cooking water from the noodles

Cook the noodles al dente and reserve some of the cooking liquid. Rinse the noodles with cold water and drain. Don’t let them sit too long, as they tend to stick together. If you have to pre-cook them, then you can rinse with some warm water and drain again.

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Stir together all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Julienne the scallion, cucumber, and carrot. Blanch the bean sprouts in boiling water for 15 seconds and put into an ice bath. Drain.

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In a bowl or on a plate, add the noodles and sauce. Arrange the vegetables over the noodles, and sprinkle chopped cilantro, scallion, crushed peanuts and toasted sesame seeds over the top. Serve immediately.

Here’s my plate:

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And here’s Sarah’s:

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Put some rice vinegar and soy sauce on the table in case you decide it needs more of either depending upon your personal preference.

Toss it all together when ready to eat and enjoy!

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COLD SESAME NOODLES

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 2

COLD SESAME NOODLES

Ingredients

FOR THE NOODLES:
8 oz noodles
1 scallion - julienned
½ cup shredded carrots
½ cup cucumber
½ cup bean sprouts
cilantro
Toasted sesame seeds
Handful of crushed peanuts
FOR THE SAUCE:
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon tahini
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 cloves freshly minced garlic
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
2 tablespoon white or rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons reserved cooking water from the noodles

Cook the noodles al dente and reserve some of the cooking liquid. Rinse the noodles with cold water and drain.

Stir together all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Julienne the scallion, carrot, and cucumber.

Blanch bean sprouts in boiling water for 15 seconds and put into an ice bath and drain.

In a bowl, pour the sauce over the noodles. Add the vegetables, chopped cilantro, crushed peanuts and toasted sesame seeds on top and serve immediately, along with extra toppings like chili sauce, rice vinegar, or soy sauce.

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