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Lee’s Cold Sesame Noodles

Updated February 23, 2016
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The recipe for these addictive noodles, shown to me by a cook in Chinatown, can be tripled and made ahead of time, refrigerated, and served to a crowd. They are delicious.

Serves4 to 6

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationegg-free

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Texturecrunchy, herby, nutty, savory, spiced

Ingredients

  • ½ pound fresh Chinese egg noodles (spaghetti-like long strands)
  • ¼ cup Oriental sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1½ tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Hunan pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh red chile
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup New York Penicillin or canned chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and cut into fine julienne
  • 2 scallions, trimmed and minced
  • ¼ cup minced cilantro

Instructions

Boil the noodles in a large pot of well-salted water until tender. Drain, cool thoroughly in cold water, and drain again. Toss the noodles with the sesame oil. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

In a large bowl, combine the tahini, peanut butter, vinegar, Hunan pepper sauce, chile, sugar, chicken broth, and white pepper. Add the cold noodles and toss well. Add the cucumbers, scallions, and cilantro, toss well, and serve.

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