Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Sesame Noodles

These are some tasty little noodles that are great served warm, at room temperature, or cold. Very easy to make and just take a few minutes.

Sesame Noodles
4 servings

12 ounces angel hair pasta
3 tablespoons dark sesame oil
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1-inch piece fresh ginger, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon red chili paste
1 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
6 tablespoons hot water
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
2 green onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
Fresh chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish

Cook the noodles in large pot of boiling unsalted water over medium heat until barely tender and still firm. Drain immediately and rinse with cold water until cold. Drain the noodles really well and transfer to a wide bowl; toss with the sesame oil so they don't stick together. Chill.

In a blender combine the peanut oil, ginger, garlic, chili paste, lime juice, brown sugar, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, and hot water. Blend. Toss the noodles with the peanut sauce until well coated. Serve at room temperature or chilled; garnish with the sesame seeds, green onions, and cilantro.

NOTES: I don't remember where this recipe came from. Probably some Food Network host??!?!?! With this batch, I added some quickly sauteed chicken and some red bell peppers. Shredded carrots would be nice. Maybe some blanched peapods would be tasty? I forgot the cilantro and the toasted sesame seeds this time, oops. Versatile and delicious! Oh, and these are great as a side dish, or as we did tonight, just dinner!


ScottE. said...

Also, I don't rinse the noodles. I think the sauce works in better when the noodles are warm. And you don't always need all the sauce, so as you dress the noodles; add the sauce until the noodles are coated.

Dancer in DC said...

I'll be having this leftover for lunch. A cold dish on a hot day is a good thing!

Barbara (Biscuit Girl) said...

Looks great! (as always)

ScottE. said...

Thanks Biscuit Girl.

These are some great noodles with some grilled chicken if you want them as a side dish. Along with the Sweet Chili Cucumbers (recipe in the archives) for a full meal. I remember that the recipe was from Tyler Florence. As are the Sweet Chili Cucumbers.