Let’s Get Cooking: Noodles with Sesame and Garlic Dressing

Here’s a basic noodle dish for you, Rosita (or any young adult headed out on his/her own) and any of us who want easy, healthy, beautiful dishes to serve our friends.

This traditional and very tasty form of Chinese ‘fast food’ is quick and easy to prepare and much better for your health–and digestive system–than burgers and fries!  You may apply the recipe to virtually any type of noodle, adjust the sauce to your own taste, and add whatever sort of vegetables you like best.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 250 g (8 oz) dry wheat noodles (or spinach or egg or . . . noodles)
  • 1 handful fresh mung bean sprouts, washed and drained
  • 2 spring onions (scallions), finely minced
  • 1 red capsicum (bell pepper), seeds removed and cut into fine strips
  • Optional: 2 handfuls of any other fresh vegetables you love (broccoli, mushrooms, corn . . . )

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoon dark sesame paste (or tahini) blended with 3 teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mushroom oyster sauce (su hao you)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oil (olive, sunflower, grapeseed, or other high-grade oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

Combining:

 1. In a roomy mixing bowl, stir together the dressing ingredients, then add in the minced garlic.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a full boil with 1 teaspoon salt, then add the dried noodles; return to boil and simmer until cooked (cooking time depends on type of noodle; follow label directions).

3. Drain the noodles well, then add them to the sauce ingredients.  Toss all together with the bean sprouts, spring onions, and capsicum (sweet peppers), making sure the sauce is evenly distributed before serving in a large bowl or in individual portions.

Try different types of noodles for different versions of this dish, including Italian spaghetti and angel hair noodles.  You may also use fresh noodles, if available.  It’s a good idea to offer an assortment of condiments and garnishes on the table, like chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) or basil, chilli oil and Sichuan pepper

Serves 4

Preparation time: 10 mins.

Cooking time: 8 mins.

Enjoy. 

Aloha, Renee

From: Chinese Vegetarian Cooking by Daniel Reid, p. 39.

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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

2 responses to “Let’s Get Cooking: Noodles with Sesame and Garlic Dressing”

  1. Rosita says :

    great 🙂 I might add extra spice on it, such as curry or sambal haha thxs for putting it for me 😘😘😘😘 u knows any China desert recipe ? ‘cause I’ve LOVED Dadar Gulumg u suggested on an old post 🥰
    Cherish those whom u love,
    R

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Rosita: I thought you’d like this one, and because it’s a basic recipe, you can make it your own specialty by adding whatever you like. I’ll look for a dessert for you. Aloha, R

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