Here’s another easy weeknight dinner recipe – cold sesame noodles! This is one of my favorite Chinese dishes, and I’ve ordered it before at Yes! Pingo and Infini Tea. However, I wanted to try making my own version, and it turned out to be super simple and delicious.
For the main ingredients, I used shredded chicken, sliced cucumbers, and sliced carrots – but you can use whatever you like. Some ideas for my next batch are spam, tofu curd, mung bean sprouts, and shredded cabbage.
The shredded chicken took the longest to prepare. While it was poaching, I also cooked the noodles and put the sauce together. I think it took just over 20 minutes from starting my prep to calling S for dinner – now that’s what I like for my weeknight dinners.
One of the key components in the sesame sauce was rice vinegar – it adds a touch of acidity to brighten up the dish, and also thins out the sesame sauce so that it can coat the noodles evenly. After adding the vinegar, you can actually see the sauce going from pasty to really smooth.
I was fortunate enough to receive a couple of samples of Marukan Rice Vinegar, a premium vinegar brand. Marukan vinegar is slow-brewed for maximum flavor and less acidity, and uses all-natural ingredients. I found out that the company has actually been around since 1649! Crazy. Well, you know their product must be good if it’s withstood the test of time – in this case, centuries of time.
I was sent both their original rice vinegar and the seasoned version. For this recipe, I simply used the original. I’ll be featuring the seasoned gourmet rice vinegar in a future post! Definitely try out Marukan rice vinegar if you haven’t before! It has a really nice taste compared with other brands that I’ve tried before, much less pungent. In fact, S – who is normally really sensitive to the acidity of vinegar – said that he really enjoyed the flavor and said that I could use even more vinegar next time, haha. Well, maybe I will try it out for the next recipe, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy these cold sesame noodles!
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