Takeout-Style Sesame Noodles


  • 1pound noodles, frozen or (preferably) fresh
  • 2tablespoons sesame oil, plus a splash
  • 3½tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2tablespoons Chinese rice vinegar
  • 2tablespoons Chinese sesame paste
  • 1tablespoon smooth peanut butter
  • 1tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • 2teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2teaspoons chile-garlic paste, chile crisp or chile oil, or to taste
  • Half a cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into ⅛-inch by ⅛-inch by 2-inch sticks
  • ¼cup chopped roasted peanuts


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook until barely tender, about 5 minutes. They should retain a hint of chewiness. Drain, rinse with cold water, drain again and toss with a splash of sesame oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons sesame oil, the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame paste, peanut butter, sugar, ginger, garlic and chili-garlic paste.
  3. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss. Transfer to a serving bowl, and garnish with cucumber and peanuts.

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