Cold Chili Orange Noodles

"A lovely side dish, or, with the addition of some shrimps or Chinese roast pork slices, a great lunch. You'll have some extra dressing--but it won't go to waste."
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  • For the Sauce:

  • Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a blender and puree for thirty seconds.
  • Place sauce in a jar and keep, covered, in the fridge.
  • For the Noodles:

  • Cook noodles according to package directions until al dente.
  • Remove from boiling water and shock in ice water and drain again.
  • Toss noodles with sesame oil.
  • Blanch bean sprouts in boiling water (from the pasta) and shock them in ice water.
  • When ready to Serve:

  • Place noodles in bowl and toss with 1/4 cup of Chili-Orange Sauce.
  • Add bean sprouts and carrots and toss again.
  • Add additional sauce if necessary but don't overdo.
  • Mound noodle mixture in the center of a serving bowl and garnish with nuts, scallions and cilantro.

Questions & Replies

  1. How spicy is chili oil, my family can no eat spicy foods? Thank you


  1. I am updating this review.This recipe was outside my normal recipe choices, and I was looking forward to making it. I did not warn DH in advance that it was a little has the kind of heat that sneaks up on you. He took several bites before the spice As written in the recipe intro, the recipe will make more chili-orange sauce than needed. It makes a LOT of extra. Recipe makes almost a quart of sauce, and only about 1/4 cup is needed for the noodles. So, if you were to make this, you could cut way back on the sauce and still have plenty. My update: I keep all my extra sauce in the fridge, and can very quickly put this dish together for lunch, which I do quite regularly....that certainly was a lot of sauce...still working my way through it all. The more times I eat this, the more I like it!
  2. I scaled this recpe down to two servings, and scaled the dressing/sauce even further (using 1/4 cup or the chili oil, soy sauce and vinegar each, 1/4 cup sugar and the zest of 1 orange). Instead of bean sprouts, I used finely-julienned cucumber. Loved the spicy-zesty-freshness of simple to put together recipe.
  3. Delicious! The rating is for the sauce only since I decided while prepping this that I wanted to serve it warm and it turned out great. I halved the sauce recipe and then only used half of that for the two of us. I lightly sauteed the veggies to tender crisp. I added sauteed tofu to mine and hubby topped his with sliced steak. I'm looking forward to making it again as directed once the weather is warmer. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
  4. This is a delicious noodle dish! I made a quarter of the dressing and it was plenty for a 12 oz. pkg. of egg noodles. I subbed thinly sliced red pepper for the bean sprouts (personal preference) and increased the amount of carrots, green onion, clilantro and peanuts. The dressing has just the right amount of heat and the grated orange peel really makes it refreshing. This is going to be a favorite!
  5. The sauce is *outstanding* -- although you do have to be a bit careful, even if you like hot food like we do. I think I'll play with the ingredients a little next time: cut down on the noodles and add more veggies to make it more of a balanced meal. By the way, we added some store-bought cooked shrimp which made for a delicious supper! Thanks for posting.


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