Sesame Noodles tossed in a fabulous Asian Sesame Peanut Dressing! Terrific served at room temperature or warm, this is a great side dish. Or turn it into a complete meal by adding shredded veggies like carrots, cabbage and bean sprouts, and how about some shredded chicken too?
There actually aren’t that many noodle dishes that I know that are truly better served at room temperature rather than warm. But this is one of them. Which makes this terrific for taking to gatherings or for work lunches.
OR as a side dish that can be made well in advance of serving – one less thing to heat up when you’re ready to serve a crowd, yay!
It’s terrifically versatile and can be served plain just as I’ve shown it here, or with add ins such as more vegetables and/or even shredded chicken to fill it out and make a complete meal!
Dressing for Sesame Noodles
The star of these Sesame Noodles is the dressing. It’s an Asian Sesame Peanut Dressing that’s wickedly delicious with the perfect balance of sweet, sour and salty.
Yes, the list of ingredients in the dressing is longer than my usual dressings.
And yes, it is totally worth it. 🙂
Best noodles for Sesame Noodles
I like making Sesame Noodles with fresh rather than dried noodles. I find it works better because they are more slippery than dried noodles so the sauce coats the noodles evenly and it doesn’t suck up the dressing as much.
Having said that though, this Sesame Noodles recipe is terrific made with virtually any type of noodles – fresh or dried.
I’ve shared these Sesame Noodles as a plain side dish, but there’s enough dressing to load this up with veggies and even shredded chicken to turn this into a more complete meal.
Here’s one example – I added shredded chicken, shredded cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts and edamame to make this into a meal:
How to serve Sesame Noodles
I usually serve plain Sesame Noodles as a side dish. It’s especially great on the side of Asian foods (so great for Asian BBQ’s!), but the Sesame Dressing is not too “Asiany” so it will even pair well with Western mains, or even Caribbean, Hawaiian or Tropical themed foods.
Here are some ideas for Asian foods to serve alongside these noodles:
- Asian Marinated Chicken (grill or pan fry)
- Asian Chilli Garlic Prawns (Shrimp)
- Chinese Crispy Pork Belly
- Char Siu (Chinese Barbecue Pork)
- Chinese Lettuce Wraps (San Choy Bow)
- Potstickers (Chinese Pan Fried Dumplings!) or Japanese GYOZA (Dumplings)
Enjoy! – Nagi xx
Watch how to make it
Sesame Noodles recipe video! NO they are not my hands. 😂 Mine will be back on Friday!
- 500 g / 1 lb fresh egg noodles (Note 1)
- 3/4 cup green onions , finely sliced (scallions)
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds, plus more for garnish
- 2 - 3 tbsp crushed peanuts, optional, plus more for garnish
- 1 ½ tbsp dark soy sauce (Note 2)
- 1 tbsp normal soy sauce (Note 2)
- 1 ½ tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 2 tsp white sugar
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp Chinese sesame paste or tahini (Note 3)
- 2 tsp garlic chilli paste, like Sambal Oelak, or Sriracha (adjust to taste) (Note 4)
- Cook noodles per packet directions. Drain then briefly rinse under tap to stop them sticking together.
- Place Sauce ingredients in a bowl. Mix until smooth – microwave briefly if required to assist.
- Place the noodles in a large bowl, add shallots, dressing, sesame seeds and peanuts if using. Toss well. Garnish with more sesame seeds. Serve warm or at room temperature.
LIFE OF DOZER
Just popped up to Avoca earlier this week for a midweek beach getaway to recover from my recent longer holiday… 😂 Jokes! My friend was at a holiday rental for her birthday and she invited me up to join her.
5 minutes before this shot was taken, there were DOLPHINS in the water right there!!! Dozer was going mental, thinking they were giant fish for him to play with. 🙄