Sesame Noodles

Chinese-style sesame noodles are the perfect dish for spring and summer. The noodles are meant to be eaten cold and are tossed in a very simple, easy,and flavorful sesame sauce.
Chinese Sesame Noodles

It felt like summer these last few days in San Diego, with temperatures in the mid 80’s. The warm weather had me craving summer dishes, like these sesame noodles. When I think of summer foods, I always think of sesame noodles because my mom makes them when the weather turns hot.

Egg noodles are cooked and then cooled under cold water. They are then tossed in a very simple sauce made of sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, chili paste, rice vinegar and peanut butter. Peanut butter might seem like an odd ingredient, but it works quite nicely. It adds a creaminess and subtle sweetness to the sauce and takes away some of the heat from the chili paste.
sesame noodles picked up with chopsticks
Sesame noodles is a very common Chinese dish, but the sauce can vary a lot from restaurant to restaurant. Some places make it very spicy. Some make the sauce very thick, with a strong peanut butter flavor. I personally prefer a more savory sauce, with just a hint of spice and a little bit of peanut butter.
prep photos for making sesame noodles
This is the perfect summer dish because the noodles are meant to be enjoyed cold or at room temperature.

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Ingredient Tips

  • Seasoned rice vinegar is sweeter and less acidic then regular rice vinegar. You can substitute with regular rice vinegar but you may need to adjust the amount since regular rice vinegar has a much stronger flavor.
  • Toasted sesame oil has a more complex flavor compared to regular sesame oil and I think it helps enhance the sesame flavor in this recipe.
  • Traditionally, the sauce includes a chili garlic paste, but I used sriracha instead.
  • Chinese sesame paste is a thick paste made of toasted sesame seeds. It has a rich, creamy, and nutty flavor. It will enhance the sesame flavor in the sauce and thicken the sauce. However, Chinese sesame paste may be harder to find if you don’t have an Asian grocery stores near you, so you can leave this out.

close-up overhead of sesame noodles

Sesame Noodles

Chinese-style sesame noodles are an easy and flavorful summer dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fresh Chinese egg noodles
  • 2 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1-2 tsp Chinese sesame paste (optional, see notes)
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 green scallion, finely sliced

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add in egg noodles. Cook noodles, making sure to separate the strands as they cook, until noodles are al dente. Drain noodles and then run noodles under cold water to cool them down.
  2. In a medium bowl, add sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, sriracha, peanut butter and sesame paste. Whisk until sauce is uniform (except for the garlic). Taste sauce and adjust as needed.
  3. Add noodles to a large mixing bowl. Pour sauce over noodles and toss until noodles are evenly coated. Dish out noodles. Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions. Serve at room temperature or cold.
  • Seasoned rice vinegar is sweeter and less acidic then regular rice vinegar. You can substitute with regular rice vinegar but you may need to adjust the amount since regular rice vinegar has a much stronger flavor.
  • Toasted sesame oil has a more complex flavor compared to regular sesame oil and I think it helps enhance the sesame flavor in this recipe.
  • Chinese sesame paste is a thick paste made of toasted sesame seeds. It has a rich, creamy, and nutty flavor. It will enhance the sesame flavor in the sauce and thicken the sauce. However, Chinese sesame paste may be harder to find if you don't have an Asian grocery stores near you, so you can leave this out.

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4 comments on “Sesame Noodles”

  1. Does this keep well in the fridge? I’d like to make some as meal prep!

  2. Your pictures are mouthwatering even though I just ate a bowl of noodles! Also I can’t believe it’s been so hot there since it’s been raining in Norcal!

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