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chinese sesame noodle salad

Recipe by
Sherry Blizzard
Piney Flats, TN

This is the perfect "salad" for a hot summer day. You will love the combination of flavors from the creaminess of the peanut butter, the crisp and refreshing pop of cucumber crunchiness, and the hint of saltiness from the fish sauce. I almost love this even more the next day. You'll taste all 6 sensory tastes with this recipe! I love being a member of our local community garden. My garden neighbors shared their onions, cucumbers, and garlic scapes with me. This is what I came up with to share with them.

yield 8 -10
prep time 20 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For chinese sesame noodle salad

  • 12 oz
    chow mein udon noodles (nanka seimen)
  • 4 Tbsp
    sesame oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c
    green onions (slice on the diagonal)
  • 5
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic scapes (or you can use chives)
  • 1"
    fresh ginger, zested
  • 2 tsp
    sambal oelek (red chili paste)
  • 3 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1/4 c
    rice vinegar
  • 1/4 c
    soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    fish sauce
  • 1/2 c
    creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 c
    hot water
  • 1/4 c
    toasted sesame seeds
  • cucumber slices to cover
  • minced cilantro

How To Make chinese sesame noodle salad

  • From Instagram: Toss with sesame oil
    Boil the noodles until soft (about 6-8 minutes). Immediately drain and rinse in cold water. Stop the cooking process! Drain well and toss with sesame oil to keep from sticking together.
  • From Instagram: Ginger, sambal, garlic, onions stir fry in peanut oil
    Heat vegetable oil, add the garlic, onions, ginger and chili. Cook for a few minutes, then add the remainder of the dressing ingredients. When the sugar has dissolved and the peanut butter is creamed into the the dressing, toss over the noodles. Use your fingers to gently massage the dressing into the noodles.
  • 3
    Transfer the salad to a pretty dish. Discard any remaining dressing (you don't want to drown the noodles). Top with cucumber slices, toasted sesame seeds and cilantro. Serve at room temperature or chilled.