Chillin’ with Chinese Sesame Noodles

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Photo and recipe contributed by Marcia Selden Catering, CT.

Here’s a delicious, vegetarian and vegan, room temperature pasta dish that requires little cooking and is light, easy, and delicious. For a  gluten- free version, check out this Shirataki pasta and seek out soy-free soy sauce at your local Whole Foods.

This Asian noodle dish only gets better as it hangs out in your fridge for a couple of days. It’s perfect on its own or alongside simply grilled chicken or fish. It travels well to a friend’s backyard buffet, beach or boat and is perfect for brown baggin’ it to work or camp.

Chilled Chinese Sesame Noodles

8-10 servings

This crowd pleaser is super simple to assemble and do-ahead.

This recipe is vegetarian, vegan and pareve (non-dairy). For a gluten-free version, see note about shiratake noodles.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Linguine Fini (Thin), soba, cellophane or shiratake (tofu) noodles
  • ½ lb. snow pea pods
  • ½ lb. shitake mushrooms- washed and sliced
  • ½ each red and yellow peppers- slivered
  • ½ C. chopped cilantro
  • ½ C. baby corn, thinly sliced
  • 3 scallions, sliced thin in rounds
  • 1 T. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 T. black sesame seeds
  • DRESSING
  • ½ C. vegetable oil
  • ½ C. sesame oil
  • 1 C. rice vinegar
  • ½ C. soy sauce
  • ¼ C. grated ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1T. grated orange rind
  • Sriracha- optional to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta al dente. Be careful not to overcook. Rinse in cold water and place in a bowl and then into the refrigerator to chill.
  2. Mix all of the dressing ingredients together to incorporate all of the flavors.
  3. Drop the pea pods and mushrooms into boiling water and remove after 1 minute. Run under cold water to stop the cooking.
  4. Mix all of the vegetables: pea pods, mushrooms, peppers, baby corn and scallions and cilantro with ½ cup of dressing.
  5. Add to the chilled noodles and toss to coat. Add more dressing if needed.
  6. Place into a serving dish and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and cilantro leaves.

Notes

Note: almost any vegetable can be added to the basic noodles and dressing. Just mix the noodles tossed with dressing and then add your favorite vegetables.

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