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Cold Sesame Noodles


This dish is full of ingredients that you can store in your pantry, such as noodles, soy sauce, and tahini (sesame paste). After you toss the cool noodles in the creamy sauce, drizzle them with Chinese chili oil to add a little kick to this simple side dish.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

  • Servings: 6

Source: Mad Hungry, October 2010


  • 1 pound Chinese egg noodles, spaghetti, or linguine
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 6 tablespoons sesame paste (tahini) or peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup water, plus more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 scallion (both white and green parts), thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped (1 tablespoon)
  • Chinese chili oil (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the noodles, and cook until just barely tender, 5 to 6 minutes, or according to the package instructions. Drain well. Toss them with the sesame oil to coat. Cover and refrigerate.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, thin the sesame paste by stirring enough water into the paste to achieve the consistency of thick cream. Whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar. Add the mixture to the sesame paste. Stir in the garlic, three quarters of the scallion, and the ginger.

  3. Just before serving, toss the chilled noodles with the sauce. Garnish with the remaining scallion and drizzle with the chili oil, if using.

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  • MS10401152
    5 APR, 2013
    Liked this recipe. However, found it needed a little more salt. Added almost a full bunch of green onions for more flavor and sprinkled some sesame seeds for texture and flavor. Used soba noodles we like them and they are a healthier choice.
  • NayJay
    13 AUG, 2012
    I liked this recipe. I've made it twice now. Two others in the family said they liked it but that it had a bitter undertone. I didn't get that. Maybe more sugar next time? I added toasted black sesame seeds to finish it off to add a bit more color. Felt like it was too bland and monochromatic looking.
  • dube27
    17 MAR, 2011
    Add HOT water instead of Cold water and the thaini or peanut butter will get thinner faster We also add hot pepper flakes