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Perfect Asian sesame noodles

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SKILL LEVEL :
Easy and quick

Simply delicious

Ginger, garlic, cilantro, rice vinegar and smokey toasted sesame seed oil give these slippery noodles great flavor.  They are a wonderful by themselves or as an accompaniment to fish, steak or Hawaiian shoyu chicken.  These are very simple but delicious noodles.  You can doll them up by adding shredded chicken, grilled shrimp, vegetables and peanuts or just enjoy them in their simplest form.  They are best made a day ahead, but can be made the same day.

Perfect noodles

There are several great things that make these noodles "perfect."

  1. You can make them a day ahead of time.  In fact they are better when the flavors have a chance to mellow for a day.
  2. You can make the simple recipe below, or you can dress the noodles up with chicken or shrimp, toasted chopped peanuts and julienned peas and red peppers for a more hearty offering.
  3. They are simple, fool-proof, inexpensive and quick.
  4. They are delicious!

It doesn't get better than that!

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Method

If you have one, use your food processor or Cuisinart Mini-Prep to chop the garlic and ginger. See blog on how to peel ginger and how to prepare garlic. Resist the urge to add oil to your boiling pasta water. It will coat the pasta preventing it from absorbing the sauce. Go ahead and add a tablespoon of salt to the water.  See the blog on how to prepare fresh cilantro.

Special ingredients

For the pasta, any capillini or angel hair pasta will do. I personally like Barilla Plus multigrain angel hair pasta.  A 2-ounce serving of this multi-grain and legume pasta contains 17 grams of protein, 360 mg of Omega-3 essential fatty acids and 7 grams of fiber.  It kind of takes the guilt out of eating pasta!

 

There are a few ingredients you will need that many American grocery markets carry:  rice wine vinegar, toasted sesame seed oil, hot Chinese chili oil, and soy sauce. If your market doesn't carry them, you can always purchase them on Amazon. Once you have invested in these, you can make them over and over.

Perfect Asian sesame noodles

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Yield 8 servings

These very simple but delicious noodles are tossed in ginger, garlic, cilantro, rice vinegar and toasted sesame seed oil. Perfect!

Ingredients

  • 2 T toasted sesame seed oil
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/8 cup ginger, finely chopped -- about a 2" x 1" piece
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar, preferably brown
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 T Chinese hot chile oil, to taste
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 pound capillini
  • 4 stalks green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Optional: shredded chicken, shrimp, chopped roasted peanuts, julienned snow peas and red peppers

Instructions

  1. Combine the sesame seed oil and canola oil in a pan. Bring oil to medium heat and sauté ginger and garlic, stirring frequently and taking care not to brown. Cook for a couple minutes until soft and slightly yellow.
  2. Add vinegar, soy sauce, Chinese hot oil and sugar. Stir and boil for a few seconds to dissolve sugar and remove from heat.
  3. Cook capellini per packaged instructions. Drain and shake the noodles to remove water. Immediately toss with seasoned oils. Toss until noodles are all well coated and not sticking together. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Noodles are even better if made a day in advance, but go ahead and eat them right away.
  4. Before serving add chopped cilantro and green onions and any optional ingredients. Toss again. Serve cold or room temperature.
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9 COMMENTS

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  1. JoAnn Johnson says:

    This recipe will be a real crowd pleaser!! At first I thought the ginger would be overwhelming, but I was wrong. After pouring all the “liquid gold” over the hot angel hair, all that yummy, tangy goodness was absorbed into every strand. Thumbs up for this recipe……

  2. Denise Schoenberg says:

    Love this recipe! Seriously, I have kept a batch of your sesame noodles in the fridge ever since you published the recipe. I substitute 2 T. of olive oil for the canola oil just to lighten it up a bit. We use Barilla Plus thin spaghetti and have found that breaking the pasta in half before cooking makes it easier to keep the ginger, garlic and cilantro (the goodies) evenly distributed in the noodles. The shorter strands are also less messy to eat. So good!

    1. Kim says:

      Great tips Denise! Thank you for sharing with everyone.

  3. Betsy King says:

    A perfect family dinner with chicken and snow peas like you suggested – and tossed some peanuts on top to add an additional crunch!! This one will become a staple for family dinners and as a side dish as well – so easy!!

    1. Kim says:

      Glad you liked it Betsy! The peanuts are an excellent idea!

  4. Susie Duernberger says:

    I am making these noodles tomorrow night for a family diner. I can’t wait…..I will let you know how they turn out!

  5. Susie Duernberger says:

    Kim, seriously, these noodles were fantastic! Easy, flavorful and delicious. Every person wanted the recipe and I can’t wait to have the leftovers for lunch. I am combing your website for more great dishes such as this one. Thank you so much for my new favorite recipe.

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      Hi Susie, I am so glad you like these noodles. I’m kind of wishing I had some leftovers for lunch right now too! If you like this recipe, I use it as a base for my Addictive Chicken Sesame Noodles With Veggies recipe, which is a meal in itself and not just a side dish. I also think you would like my Teriyaki Rice Bowl With Ginger Carrot Dressing. The Ginger Carrot Dressing is healthy, delicious and quick to make in a food processor. It is great on EVERYTHING!

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