Cold Peanut-Sesame Noodles
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: 6
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons natural, unsweetened, salted peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons rice wine or sake
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- 3 tablespoons Chinese sesame paste or tahini
- 1 small shallot, minced
- 5 tablespoons roasted peanut oil (see Note)
- 1 pound dried Chinese egg noodles
- 1/2 large seedless cucumber—peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and cut into fine matchsticks
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- Ma La Oil
- In a blender, combine the ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, peanut butter, sugar, vinegar, rice wine, garlic, sesame paste, shallot and 3 tablespoons of the peanut oil and puree until smooth. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
- In a large pot of boiling water, cook the noodles until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold running water until chilled. Shake out the excess water and blot dry; transfer the noodles to a bowl and toss with the remaining 2 tablespoons of peanut oil. Add the peanut-sesame sauce and toss well to coat. Garnish with the cucumber and scallions and drizzle with Ma La Oil, leaving the solid spices behind.
The peanut-sesame sauce can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.Notes
Roasted peanut oil, as opposed to neutral peanut oil, smells richly nutty. Boyajin’s Fragrant Peanut Oil is available at specialty markets and from mingspantry.com.
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