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This is an old recipe from my family that goes back at least 40 years. It is simple, and easy to make and nutritious and most of all, great for a hot summer day.
Most Chinese restaurant has a sesame cold noodle dish as an appetizer. Our recipe is a whole meal in itself.
I can make this dish in 30 minutes.
- July 2020
This recipe has no special ingredients. You can use items that can be bought in any groceries store. You can also substitute some ingredients.
Here are the basic items:
- thin spaghetti
- fresh bean sprout (substitute with snow peas)
- baked ham
- sesame paste (substitute with creamy peanut butter)
- soy sauce
- sesame oil
- hot oil (optional)
How to Make It?
The trick to make this fast in under 30 minutes is timing. Start by boiling some water in a pot. Once boiled, add the thin pasta, break into half before putting into pot. Stir and bring to boil and turn off heat and cover and let simmer.
While the pot of water is cooking, you can prepare all other ingredients.
Scramble 2 eggs and cook on a skillet into a flat pancake. Turn over when brown and cook both sides till brown.Dice the pancake into slivers.
Place fresh bean sprout in large bowl, add one teaspoon vinegar, and add hot water to cover the sprouts and then quickly drain. This will keep the sprout crispy.
Peel two carrots and grate into shreds.
slice cucumber into slivers.
Cut baked ham into shreds.
Chop 2 garlic cloves and add to hot water.
Cut scallion into think segments.
Chop ginger into small cubes and put into hot water.
The key to good taste is the sauce.
Mix 3 table spoon of sesame paste with a little hot water, 3 table spoon of soy sauce, 2 table spoon of vinegar, and dash sugar.
Use spoon to mix the sauce into a smooth watery paste, add some sesame oil to smooth.
This recipe is a self service meal.
Once the pasta is cooked, add cold water and drain repeat several times until pasta is cold, The colder the better.
Place all ingredients on a plate or bowls...and place on large table.
Use large serving bowls so the user can mix the items.
Each user will start by adding some cold noodle to the bowl and all the other ingredients as he chooses and in the portion he likes.
Finally, add a few table spoon of sauce and mix.
Best eaten right away.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Jack Lee
Liz Westwood from UK on November 19, 2020:
Great idea for a versatile and tasty recipe.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 15, 2020:
Your recipe sounds delicious and so simple to make. Thanks!