Warm weather meals and entertaining call for easy, make-ahead dishes that are light and tasty. I came across this recipe on the holidaykitchen.tv YouTube channel and made a few changes to suit our tastes. It is a good alternative to regular pasta salad as it doesn’t have any mayonnaise.
PS: Did you know that noodles are symbolic of longevity in China? It is considered inauspicious to cut a strand, and is traditionally served in as long a piece (strand?) as possible, especially on New Year’s Day.
Cold Sesame Noodles in Spicy Peanut Sauce
- 2 scallions / green onions
- 1 clove garlic (grated)
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil (strongly recommend using this as it gives a fantastic flavor, but feel free to substitute)
- 1 Tbsp peanut oil
- 1 tbsp red-wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp (or to taste) red chilli flakes
- Hot sauce (Sriracha / chilli-garlic sauce) to taste
- 1/3 cup water
- 6-8 oz of dry long pasta (spaghetti / angel hair / chinese noodles)
- 1 cup broccoli florets (lightly salted & steamed & drained well) – optional
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots – optional
- 1/2 cup shredded chicken / steamed shrimp (optional)
- 1/3 cup peeled, seeded & finely chopped cucumber – optional
- cilantro, crushed roasted peanut, toasted sesame seeds for topping
1) Cook the noodles according to package directions. Rinse in cold water and drain completely. Allow to cool completely.
2) Add all ingredients to a small blender jar and process till smooth & creamy.
3) Toss with cold noodles, broccoli & carrots, and chicken/shrimp (if using) and set aside for an hour or two for all the flavors to meld.
4) Divide into serving bowls and top with chopped cucumber, crushed peanuts, a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds & cilantro.