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...

13 comments:

  1. I love this stuff. Its so good. Sesame or peanut :)

    Your lucky you had good experiences on your high school new york trip. Mine really really sucked. It was over scheduled, too-touristy, not enough good food. The food was unadventurous to say the least. Pasta with red sauce. Steamed veggies and rice. Salad. Lots and lots of luna bars. And I was under slept. We went to a play on Broadway, and I slept through it. I could rant all day about how much I disliked that trip.

    The first meal I had when I came home was delicious - Peanut Noodles. Just like yours, only peanut buttery.

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  2. Heyyyya buddy....Thanks for dropping by. Yea, had too many problems with blogger.

    Thanks for the comment.

    That is one sexy noodle you've got there!

    Have you tried Korean chap chae? It's warm tho but actually they do serve it cold.

    It's got all the stuff and smells you mentioned;)

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  3. I have honestly never tried cold sesame noodles. But now that I read what's in the sauce, YUM! I'm definitely going to have to try some soon (plus with the summer we're having I'm thinking some cold noodles might be just the thing for those dinners eaten in sweltering heat!)

    Good luck with perfecting the recipe to how you like it!

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  4. This looks so good and has some of my favorite ingredients. NYC is one of my most favorite cities in the world!

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  5. this looks scrumptious!! love the addition of the pine nuts.

    btw, that picture below of the toast with peanut butter, bananas and agave nectar is making me drool! i adore toast with peanut butter and honey, although lately i've been making it with almond butter.

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  6. Are you sure you still want to perfect them? They already look delicious and perfect to me! :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  7. I love sesame noondles! When I make it, I add a little peanut butter to the sesame oil and soy sauce :)

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  8. I LOVE cold sesame noodles. These look delicious. I've never tried them with pine nuts before so I definitely need to do this.

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  9. I finally got my hands on the agave nectar. I haven't had it with bananas just yet, but it's tasting really good right now with just pb on bread. thanks for the suggestion!

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  10. I have tried peanut in noodles but not sesame...looks delicious !

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  11. Mm I love noodles, especially cold! Yours look great!

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  12. My uncle has a wonderful version that I love, if you'd like to give it a try! It's at http://chickinthekitchen.com/2007/12/31/bobs-cold-sesame-noodles/

    Let me know if you like them!

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