Cold Sesame Noodles
- 1/2 pound dried buckwheat (soba) noodles
- 9 tablespoons dark sesame oil
- 1 -inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and crushed with the side of a knife
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed with the side of a knife
- 1 red Thai bird chile, minced, seeds and all
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 6 tablespoons water, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon chili sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, for garnish
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
- 1 lime, cut into wedges, for serving
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the noodles and stir to keep them from sticking together. Cook until barely tender and still firm, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain immediately and rinse under cold running water to cool. Drain the noodles really well, transfer to a wide serving bowl, and toss immediately with 3 tablespoons of the sesame oil so they don't stick together.
Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a saucepan, heat 1/4 cup sesame oil over medium-low heat. Add the ginger, garlic, and chile. Cook, stirring for a minute, until the vegetables are soft and fragrant. Place into a blender along with the brown sugar, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, hot water, chili sauce, and the remaining 2 tablespoons sesame oil. Puree and refrigerate until cold.
Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown. (Shake the pan constantly to keep the seeds from burning). Put the noodles in a serving bowl and toss with the sesame sauce. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and green onions, and serve with the lime wedges.
Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence, 2008
Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse