Noodles are a staple in many countries from China to Italy. Their versatility makes it easy to create recipes that reflect local cuisine. Though I don’t live in Asia, I grew up with the flavors from this region. One recipe I love making is Easy Spicy Asian Noodles.
Like the name suggests, it’s easy to make. For example, instead of cooking the vegetables separately and then combining with the cooked noodles, you simply through the vegetables in the pot of boiling water that’s cooking the noodles. Saves time and there’s less cleaning!
Though I list specific vegetables in my recipe, you can use whatever you have on hand. This version is vegetarian, but it’s easy enough to throw in a protein (chicken, beef, pork, tofu). If you can’t find dried Chinese noodles, feel free to substitute with spaghetti. The tahini in the recipe gives the recipe a creamy sesame flavor without being too overwhelming. The chile garlic sauce can be found in the Asian aisle in most grocery stores. Enjoy the noodles!
Easy Spicy Sesame Asian Noodles
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
16 oz. dried Chinese noodles
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
4 ribs celery, thinly sliced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons sesame oil
6 tablespoons soy sauce
6 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon chile garlic sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
Salt, as needed
3-4 sliced scallions, green part only
Cook noodles according to package instructions. During the last minute of the noodles cooking time, add all vegetables to the boiling water. Drain and rinse with cold water. Place in large bowl and mix in sesame oil.
In a separate medium bowl, whisk soy sauce, tahini, chile garlic sauce, rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Add salt, as needed, until desirable flavor is achieved. Pour sauce over noodles and add scallions. Mix well to coat noodles.
What’s your favorite Asian noodle recipe? Tell us in the comments below.
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1 thought on “Easy Spicy Sesame Asian Noodle Recipe”
This looks great, I’ll have to try it. I love eating noodles with beancurd in hot garlic sauce (…one of my favourite dishes from our local Chinese restaurant).
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