Oh man, are these noodles ever a life-saver. Sometimes I get busy and don’t realize what time it is, and then I look at the clock and it’s been 10 hours since breakfast and I have to leave to meet friends in 20 minutes. By then I’m really hungry and need to eat immediately, but I don’t want to have complete junk food from a 24-hour Dunkin Donuts. Times like these, I put some water on to boil for my super-fast Cold Sesame Noodles. They’re modeled after a favorite picture-menu Chinese restaurant dish and are quite adaptable. They can feature any shredded vegetable I have on hand, or just be a veg-less starchfest. I made a batch last night, and they’re so quick that I was able to have dinner, put on shoes, and make it to the movies on time.
This is my Presto Pasta Night dinner-of-the-week, hosted by Ruth at Once Upon a Feast.
Cold Sesame Noodles (serves 1 as a main dish or 2 as a side. Easily multiplied for a crowd.)
- 1 bundle soba noodles
- 4 Tbs peanut butter
- 3 Tbs rice wine vinegar
- 1 Tbs sesame oil
- 1 Tbs soy sauce
- 1 tsp Sriracha pepper sauce (optional)
- 2 tsp fresh ginger, minced or grated on a microplane
- 1 tsp fresh garlic, minced or grated on a microplane
- 1 c leafy greens, shredded (I used broccoli rabe, but nappa cabbage and bok choi are also great)
- 1/4 c carrot, julienned or grated
- 1/4 c bean sprouts
- 2 scallions, chopped (can use chives or ramps, too!)
- 1 Tbs cilantro
- 1/4 c cucumber, julienned
- 2 Tbs chopped peanuts
- 1 Tbs sesame seed
Put a quart of salted water on to boil. It goes faster if the pot is covered.
While the water is heating, make the sauce. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir slowly until combined. Get the vegetables ready, and the water should be ready by this time, too.
When the water comes to a boil, put in the soba and boil about 3 minutes. If you’re using leafy greens, throw them into the noodle water at this point. The leaves get just enough heat to turn their brightest green. Drain noodles and greens and place in your favorite noodle bowl. Top with sauce and other vegetables and toss to combine.