I’ve always loved ordering sesame noodles at Chinese restaurants; they’re usually my favorite part of the meal. For as long as I can remember I’ve been ordering an appetizer portion of them, asking for them to be served hot (they come cold normally) and eating them with lots of chili oil for extra flavor.
I was craving these noodles recently and decided to try whipping them up on my own. I looked up a few recipes for some basic guidelines (this recipe was a huge help) and then I improvised a few tweaks to make it work for my palette.
The result? Well, let’s just say I’ve made them twice in the past 10 days. They also happen to be incredibly easy to make. They require some ingredients you might not have on hand but once you get everything you need, the process is almost effortless. These make a perfect quick, easy weekend meal and you can definitely play around with the proportions to get the exact flavors you want. These are really satisfying and taste even better the next day. Of course, you can always serve them with some extra veggies, chicken, shrimp, whatever you like as well. I like them plain, though.
-12 ounces of soba noodles (I used one and a half packets)
-1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce.
-5-6 cloves of garlic, minced
-2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
-4 tablespoons of sesame oil
-1 1/2 tablespoons of chill oil (less if you don’t like spicy food)
-5 tablespoons of vegetable oil
-4 tablespoons of peanut butter
-Sriracha to taste (optional)
-6 whole green onions, chopped
-Mix the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, chili oil, vegetable oil and garlic together in a bowl.
-Add the peanut butter in one spoon at a time, stirring before adding the next spoon into the mix. You can add more peanut butter than four spoons if you’d like – it adds a great flavor and thickness to the dish.
-Add a squid of sriracha for a little extra spice if you’d like.
-Stir it all up again and let the mixture sit for a bit.
-Add the soba noodles to boiling water for about 6 minutes.
-Rinse the noodles with cold water to stop the cooking process.
-Add a bit of oil to your pot, then add the cooked noodles back over low heat.
-Pour your sauce over the noodles and stir to combine.
-Add the green onions and toss.
-Let the noodles cook on a low flame for ten minutes or so to heat up the dish and allow the flavor to combine.
…And that’s it! So easy. So good.