August 10th, 2011

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Cold Sesame Noodles

A cold dish for the hot summer. I've always loved getting cold sesame noodles at Chinese restaurants I frequent. My first experience was at the Hunan Balcony on the Upper West Side in NYC. Recently I ordered them and was disappointed, which prompted me to Google a recipe for them and try making them myself. Well, I've got to say-- these are right up there with the Hunan Balcony's cold noodles. Yummm
and very easy

3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar or white-wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes, or to taste
2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar or granulated sugar, or to taste
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon Oriental sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 pound linguine or lo mein noodles
chopped scallion and cucumber strips for garnish

Mix everything but the noodles in a saucepan and simmer till thickened. (I used brown sugar) Cool slightly and set aside.
Boil water and cook noodles (I used lo mein) according to directions.

Rinse noodles in cold water and drain well. Dump in a bowl and toss with the sauce. Cut up cucumbers for garnish.