Sesame Noodles

Cold Sesame NoodlesWho needs a peanut butter and jelly sandwich when you can eat these Asian-style cold noodles instead? They’re tossed with a peanut butter, soy, ginger and sesame sauce seasoned with rice vinegar, red pepper and green onions, then garnished with paper-thin strips of cucumber. Whip up the sauce while the noodles are cooking and enjoy a bowl within minutes of draining off the cooking water. There’s a hint of spice, but if you prefer more heat, double the red pepper for a delightful kick. This is a great dish to take for lunch or to a picnic since it can safely be left at room temperature for several hours.

Sesame Noodles

Serves 4 to 6

1/2 cup (120 ml) creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup (120 ml) chicken broth or water
3 tablespoons (45 ml) wheat-free tamari or soy sauce
2 tablespoons (30 ml) rice vinegar or other vinegar as tolerated
2 tablespoons (30 ml) sugar or 3 tablespoons (45 ml) dextrose
1 tablespoon (15 ml) toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) dried red pepper flakes, or more to taste
1 pound (450 grams) rice noodles (spaghetti or linguine)
1 bunch of green onions, green part only, chopped
1/2 English cucumber, sliced into thin strips with a vegetable peeler

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, combine everything except the noodles, green onions and cucumbers in a small saucepan. Simmer the mixture, whisking until it’s smooth and thick. Cook the noodles until they’re done but still firm in the center, about 13 minutes for rice spaghetti, then drain in a colander and rinse under running water until cold. Shake the noodles to remove as much water as possible, then transfer them to a large bowl and toss with the sauce and green onions. Top with the cucumber strips. Serve at room temperature.

12 thoughts on “Sesame Noodles

  1. I made this tonight as a side dish. Great for a quick & easy satay, I had everything in the cupboard. Super easy & super delicious! Thanks! Will try as a main meal with chicken & rice next time.

    • Thanks for letting me know how it turned out! Adding chicken and rice sounds great- will have to try that too.

      • I used the satay sauce recipe again tonight. This time I marinated chicken with it then made satay chicken, zucchini, capsicum & pineapple skewers & stir fried rice noodles in a bit of the sauce. Yum! This recipe is going into my recipe book… when I get around to buying one! :o)

      • Now I’m hungry and it’s only 8:30 in the morning. That sounds fabulous. I can’t wait till it’s warm enough outside to use the grill because I’m going to try the same thing.

  2. Am eating it now – threw in some cooked chicken that needed eating, and it is yummy! Thanks very much for the idea. I love peanut butter……

  3. Oh, and by the way, I had run out of ground ginger, so used five spice powder instead, which contains ginger. Seems to work, which is unusual for me!! 😉

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