H loves sesame oil and pasta so he had rave reviews when I made cold sesame noodles for dinner. He’s also a meat lover so of course he wasn’t happy with the noodles alone. I on the other hand, like to eat vegetarian dishes every now and then.
For the meat lover in our family, I marinated strips of boneless rib eye steak overnight, and then stir-fried in a small amount of hot oil to get a nice sear.
We both love coriander, but I realized we ran out, which means I’ll have to make this dish again! H. promptly added coriander to our grocery list this week!
I gasped when I saw how much oil the recipe called for. I’m always trying to reduce oil and salt when I cook, and sugar when I bake (but NOT butter)! I tried using only 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, and it was okay, but the noodles did stick together the next day. I added an extra ½ tbsp, but I personally wouldn’t add anymore than that as I found the noodles tasted a bit greasy. If you’re a sesame oil lover like H, you may want to experiment.
For the beef marinade, we used a bit of oil, cornstarch, Chinese cooking wine, light soya sauce, salt, pepper, grated fresh garlic and ginger. Drain as much of the liquid as you can before you stir-fry.
Please let me know your thoughts, if you liked this dish with more or less sesame oil, and what type of pasta you used.
Enjoy; I know H did!
Cold Sesame Noodles
Serves 2 – 4
Adapted from Foodnetwork.com
- 8 – 12 ounces long pasta of your choice (I used ¾ box of Catelli Smart spaghettini)
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 2 ½ tbsp toasted Asian sesame oil
- 1 tbsp plus 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)
- 1 tbsp peeled, grated fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp minced fresh garlic
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 2 green onions, finely sliced
- ¼ – ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- Fresh coriander, chopped (optional)
- Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Wait about 5-10 minutes and then transfer the noodles to a large bowl
- In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, soy sauce, sesame seeds, ginger, salt, green onions, and, if using, red pepper flakes
- Pour mixture over pasta and mix until well coated. Adjust condiments to your taste
- Sprinkle with chopped coriander if using
- Serve cold or at room temperature