Friday, February 06, 2009
Cold Sesame Noodles
Ah yes, Cold Sesame Noodles. One of those simple, yet hard-to-perfect dishes...
I tried cold sesame noodles for the first time while visiting NYC as a Senior in high school. I was there for a Drama Club trip - the trip was packed with plays, musicals, and tons of sight-seeing - but I fell in love with the food. And, of course, the city.
How could anyone not love New York City?
Anyway, on the first night we were there, our guide took us to a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that broadly "specialized" in Asian cuisine. I was concerned - everything on the menu was loaded with some kind of meat or eggs - but I was also starving. Luckily, I found something called "cold noodles" listed at the bottom of the menu, so I figured I'd give it a try.
When my food arrived, I was in heaven. Even when cold, the dish smelled intoxicating. Nothing could beat that delicious mix of sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce, and scallions.
I was hooked.
Since then, I've been on a bit of a quest to find/create the perfect cold sesame noodles. And although I haven't been able to replicate them yet, I'm sure having fun while trying...