Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Peanut Sesame Noodles

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  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/2 pound thin spaghetti or vermicelli

4 tablespoons Asian (toasted) sesame oil

1 bunch of scallions (about 6) chopped fine

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes, or to taste

1 tablespoon rice-wine vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/2 cup finely chopped salted dry-roasted peanuts

1/3 cup finely chopped fresh coriander plus, if desired, a coriander sprig for garnish


  1. In a kettle of boiling salted water cook the spaghetti until it is al dente, drain it in a colander, and rinse it briefly under cold water. Drain the spaghetti well and in a bowl toss it with 2 tablespoons of the oil. In a large skillet cook the scallions, the garlic, and the red pepper flakes in the remaining 2 tablespoons oil over moderate heat, stirring, until the scallions are just softened, add the spaghetti, the vinegar, the sugar, and the soy sauce, and heat the mixture, tossing it to combine it well, until the spaghetti is heated through. Stir in the peanuts and refrigerate until chilled. Remove and add chopped coriander, and salt to taste, transfer the mixture to a serving bowl, and garnish it with the coriander sprig.;