Cold Chinese Noodles in Peanut-Sesame Sauce

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

Dressing will keep well indefinitely in the refrigerator. Use about 2-4 heaping Tbsp. of dressing per pound of noodles. Recipe may be prepared up to 1 day ahead of time through Step 3 and kept refrigerated.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook noodles in large pot of boiling unsalted water over medium heat until barely tender and still firm. Drain immediately and rinse with cold water until cold. Drain well and toss noodles with (2 Tbsp) dark sesame oil so they don't stick together.
  3. Combine all ingredients except hot water in a blender or food processor fitted with steel blade and blend until smooth. Thin with hot water to consistency of whipping cream.
  4. For carrot curls: peel flesh of carrot in short shavings about 4" long. Place in ice water for 15 minutes to curl.
  5. Just before serving, toss noodles with sauce. Garnish with cucumber, peanuts, green onion, and carrot curls. Serve at room temperature.
  6. * HOT PEPPER OIL: the amount you use depends on how hot you like it. 2 tablespoons.
  7. will give it a nice "bite." If your tastes run to the very hot, you might want to use 3TB.
  8. If you want to make your own oil:
  9. 1/4 cup hot red pepper flakes, 1 cup oil. Combine in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil, and immediately turn off heat. Let cool. Strain in small glass container that can be sealed. Refrigerate.
  10. Lasts indefinitely.
Most Helpful

Followed the recipe to the letter, and it turned out perfectly! I love this kind of peanut-sesame sauce, and this is the first recipe that matches exactly the flavour I was looking for. Actually I use it for meat and vegetables, too, not only for pasta. Also it's very popular with french fries in this region. This will be a keeper. Thanks for posting!
Made for Chinese / Vietnamese New Year Tag Game of the Asia Forum.

Mia in Germany January 22, 2012

Very good! I topped it with a little bit of microwaved chicken and cucumber shreds. I think the cucumber is really necessary; the contract is great. My only change would be to put in less soy sauce; it seemed a little heavy on it to me. My husband, who can take or leave Asian dishes, liked it. ZWT6

Debbie R. June 13, 2010

I only had time to make one noodle recipe for ZWT6 and I'm glad I picked this one. Lots of flavor in the sauce. I used soba noodles and they took more sauce than written but that was no problem. Thanks from a Looney Sppon Phoodie.

Ma Field May 31, 2010