Looking for something with a certain flair for dinner, I felt like every recipe I found that night was boring until I came across these noodles. They’re exotic, easy, and there are a ton of leftovers! You may have to go to a slightly different section of your supermarket to find sesame oil, but I promise it’s there. The only problem is that you have to make it the night before because it needs to sit in the fridge overnight, but its worth the wait.
This recipe originally has peanuts in it, hence the Thai label on the A Small Snippet blog. I find I don’t tend to like Thai dishes that have peanuts in them, which is why you don’t see them in the photo above. They do add an extra crunch, however, so if you like peanuts then go for it. The spice level is adjustable and I loved strange tingle the heat left on my lips in contrast to the cold noodles. Using whole wheat pasta adds a great dimension of flavor and I secretly can’t deny anything with sesame seeds–that goes all the way back to being a little girl and getting excited when we went to Burger King instead of McDonalds because it meant that I could pick the sesame seeds off the Burger King bun and eat them one at a time. I admit that eating these noodles cold sounded a little strange, but it’s definitely the way to go and I happily ate these for days after!
Spicy Cold Sesame Noodles
Adapted from A Small Snippet
- 1 lb box of whole wheat spaghetti noodles
- 1 – 2 Tablespoons red pepper flakes (I used 1 1/2 tablespoons and it was really pretty spicy. Adjust to your tastes)
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup sesame oil
- 6 Tablespoons honey
- 6 Tablespoons soy sauce
- Green onions, green part sliced on the bias (approx one onion per serving)
- Shredded carrot (mine are pre-shredded from Trader Joes)
- Sesame seeds (I bought just enough for the recipe on the super cheap from the bulk aisle at my local co-op)
- In a small saucepan, heat the canola oil, sesame oil and red pepper flakes. Once the oil is heated, leave the oil and flakes on medium heat for about 5 minutes. When I made it, the flakes looked (and smelled) slightly burned, but there was no burned flavor (I also had the heat a little high).
- In the meantime, start the pasta boiling. You definitely want cook the pasta just until al dente (slightly hard in the middle still), because overcooked noodles will just turn mushy later. Once the pasta is done, drain well.
- After the oil has simmered with the flakes for a little while, pour the oil through a sieve into a bowl to strain out the flakes. Discard flakes and whisk the honey and soy sauce into the bowl of oil.
- Put the noodles into a large bowl (preferably one you can store them in the fridge in with a lid) and pour the oil mixture over the top of the noodles. Toss until the noodles are well coated in the mixture.
- Put the noodles in the covered bowl in the fridge overnight so that the flavors have a chance to meld.
- When ready to serve, sprinkle the sliced green onions, sesame seeds, peanuts and cilantro over the top of the noodles and enjoy!