Recipe by Murger HanHan
Noodles are eaten at Chinese New Year because they signify long life.
This recipe is simple, suits vegetarians and vegans, delicious with shredded chicken for meat eaters, and can be adapted for coeliacs with the replacement of wheat-free soy sauce.
The recipe only uses around 10 ingredients and can be made in less than 15 minutes but the result is a delicious and authentic asian cold noodle dish that is extremely tasty and satisfying. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could even try making your own noodles!
COOK’S TP: The sauce can be made in advance and will develop in flavour.
COLD SESAME NOODLES
- 1 packet of rice noodles
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 7 tbsp Chinese sesame paste (or make your own by blending 250g roasted white sesame seeds, 2 tbsp roasted peanuts (optional) and 1 small pinch of salt with 4 tbsp of sesame oil + 2 tbsp for adjusting to preference)
- 6 tbsp of warm water
- 6 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
- 2 tbsps sesame oil
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
- 1 cucumber, chopped to thin slice
- 1 small bag of beansprouts
- Cook the noodles according to instructions on the packet, drizzle with vegetable oil and leave in a cool dry place until cooled.
- In a small mixing bowl whisk the sesame paste and water until smooth.
- To the sesame mixture add soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, cayenne pepper, sugar, and salt.
- Mix again. Add the garlic to the sauce, stir well.
- To serve toss the noodles with a few tablespoons of the sauce and top with the remaining sauce, cucumber and beansprouts.
The recipe is inspired by the dish “Steamed Rice Noodle in Sesame Sauce” currently available at Murger HanHan in Mayfair and Euston (London’s first restaurant to offer authentic dishes from X’ian City). The restaurant dish slightly varies as it is made using a secret family recipe that has been passed down through generations of ancestors from the Shaanxi Province.
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