Sesame Noodles - noodles tossed with a wicked Asian Sesame Peanut Dressing. Serve these as Cold Sesame Noodles or warm. www.recipetineats.com
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Sesame Noodles

Recipe video above. Sesame Noodles tossed in a wicked 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 salads like carrots, cabbage and bean sprouts, and how about some shredded chicken too? Serves 6 - 8 as a side.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Sesame Noodles
Servings: 6 - 8 as side
Calories: 178kcal
Author: Nagi

Ingredients

  • 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

Sauce:

  • 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)

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

1. I use thin hokkien noodles from the refrigerator section of the supermarket i.e. fresh ones. Fresh is better than dried because they are more slippery, making them ideal to toss in this sort of dressing. Any fresh egg (yellow) noodles will be terrific for this Sesame Noodles. 
However, it will also work with dried noodles or other types of noodles (e.g. rice noodles, even ramen!) except I don't recommend vermicelli / glass noodles (too thin).
2. You can substitute all the soy sauce with all purpose or light soy sauce, or any combination of these two without dark soy sauce. DO NOT use just dark soy sauce - it will dominate the flavour way too much!
3. Chinese Sesame Paste does taste slightly different to Tahini (the Middle Eastern sesame paste used in hummus) but in all honesty, I doubt that any normal person could tell the difference in this recipe. Even if you don't have either, just sub with more peanut butter. The noodles will still haveterrific sesame flavour from the oil and seeds.
4. This is used mostly for a touch of spiciness so use any chilli sauce / paste that you want, or even some pepper or chilli flakes.

Nutrition

Serving: 89g | Calories: 178kcal