Cold Sesame Noodles
Chinese Classic made quick and easy
Calories: 455 w/Peanut Butter 
470 w/Almond Butter





Total Fat 28.43g
Cholesterol --
Sodium 2139mg (Soy Sauce and Fish Sauce make this dish very high in sodium)
Total Carbohydrate 34.87g
    Dietary Fiber 5.28g
    Sugars 13.25g
Protein 18.70g


Creamy and nutty, crisp and crunchy, light and satisfying, familiar and exotic. These are a classic Chinese dish that I am totally in love with. I was so addicted to them at Sammy's Noodle Shop on 6th Ave and 11th Street that I spent three years figuring it out when I moved to LA. This is the results after getting so close for so long and now it is perfect.

Sesame or Peanut Sauce
2 oz. Peanut or Almond Butter, 1/4 cup
1 TBS each Fish Sauce and GF Soy Sauce-look for low sodium

1 teaspoon Ginger, grated/frozen
½ clove Garlic, pressed, grated or finely chopped
¼ teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil, optional
1 teaspoons Honey or date sugar
2 TBS Rice Wine Vinegar, or Ponzu Sauce, or Lime Juice

Plate:

1 Cup Mai Fun or Rice Noodles, cooked


¼ cup Bean Sprouts

1 small Japanese Cucumber cut into match-stick sized thin slices

½ teaspoon Sriracha or chili oil, optional can be served on the side

2 whole green onions, chopped at an angle or into coins

small handful fresh Cilantro without stems

METHOD:

1. Cook the noodles: cover mai-fun noodles with tea-kettle-hot-water until tender (about 1-3 minutes): Put in a pot of boiling water for about a minute or 2 minutes in bowl or glass pot with noodles covered in water in a microwave

2.Remove the noodles, using chop sticks or tongs: and place in a heap in the serving bowl.
Reserve the cooking liquid to add to the peanut sauce.

3. Make the sauce in a large Pyrex measuring cup or a bowl: Place the honey, almond or peanut butter and tahini in the microwave for about 1 minute to bring it to room temperature and to make it easier to pour and measure.

4. Add the rice wine vinegar (can use sherry vinegar, ponzu sauce or lime juice), gluten free soy sauce, fish sauce and stir until creamy, Add ginger, garlic (best put through a press, grated or smashed into paste with side of knife).

5. Add a few TBS of the cooking liquid from the rice noodles : or add room temperature water to thin the sauce out to a pancake batter consistency.

6. Pour sauce over noodles, and toss. Add left-over cooked chicken, shrimp that has been cooked in the noodle cooking liquid back in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and/or firm tofu that has been cubed and tossed in rice flour (optional) and sauteed in hot peanut oil. Toss again.

7. Cut the cucumbers thin slices, cut the slices into 2 inch long pieces, place the stack of thin sliced flat on the cutting board and cut them into match-sticks. Cut the green onions into 1 inch pieces cut at an angle so that they're thin and easy to eat, or into rings.

8. Top with fresh bean sprouts, match-stick cut cucumbers and the green onions.

If you want the added dimension of spicy food: this dish is traditionally served with hot sauce or chili oil or Sriracha on the side. I mean literally on the side, the inside of the bowl.

Read Labels: Mai Fun and rice stick noodles are gluten free rice noodles, do not let the fact that Asian noodles are white fool you, most contain wheat flour.

Fresh creamy peanut butter is best. No salt please and check to be sure that it doesn't have milk powder in the formula, 'Skippy' brand does.



 

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