Cold Sesame Noodles

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cold sesame noodles

This recipe came out so well I had to record it and share with you. I made it for Shabbat lunch and kept the sauce and noodles separate until just a bit before serving, but it was still amazing the next day.

  • 8 as a side ServingsServings


  • 1 pound somen or soba noodles (spaghetti or angel hair would work too)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and julienned
  • 2 carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons tahina sesame paste
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili paste or sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground szechuan pepper (optional)


  1. Bring a pot of water to boil and cook noodles per package directions until al dente. Drain immediately, rinse with cold water, and drain again. Toss with 1 tablespoon of the peanut or canola oil and set aside.
  2. Heat the other tablespoon of peanut oil in a small pan over medium heat. Gently cook the minced garlic and grated ginger until just fragrant, about 30 to 40 seconds. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Prepare the sauce: In a medium bowl, combine the sesame paste, peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, chili paste, sugar, and optional Sichuan pepper. Add 3 tablespoons of water and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the cooked garlic and ginger.
  4. Pour the sauce over the noodles, add the cucumbers and carrots, and toss. Transfer to large bowl or deep serving dish and sprinkle the sesame seeds and scallions on top. You can serve the sesame noodles at room temperature or chill in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

Notes: Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 3 or 4 days.