Cold sesame noodles

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
225g dried buckwheat (soba) noodles
9 tbsp dark sesame oil
2.5-cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and crushed with the side of a knife
2 garlic cloves, crushed with the side of a knife
1 red Thai bird chile, minced, seeds and all
2 tbsp brown sugar
100g creamy peanut butter
60ml rice vinegar
60ml low-sodium soy sauce
6 tbsp water, room temperature
1 tbsp chili sauce
1 tbsp sesame seeds, for garnish
2 spring onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 lime, cut into wedges, for serving
1) Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the noodles and stir to keep them from sticking together. Cook until barely tender and still firm, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain immediately and rinse under cold running water to cool. Drain the noodles really well, transfer to a wide serving bowl, and toss immediately with 3 tablespoons of the sesame oil so they don't stick together.

2) Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a saucepan, heat 60ml sesame oil over medium-low heat. Add the ginger, garlic, and chile. Cook, stirring for a minute, until the vegetables are soft and fragrant. Place into a blender along with the brown sugar, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, hot water, chili sauce, and the remaining 2 tablespoons sesame oil. Puree and refrigerate until cold.

3) Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown. (Shake the pan constantly to keep the seeds from burning). Put the noodles in a serving bowl and toss with the sesame sauce. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and green onions, and serve with the lime wedges.

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