Cold noodles are not uncommon to me. I have eaten a few times in Japanese restaurant and when I stayed at China. It is a very comforting, refreshing noodle dishes and especially common during summer time. The noodles are slightly chilled, and flavoured by either sesame sauce. It is tangy and creamy at the same time. However, this noodle dish is not advise for those readers who are not accustomed to cold food directly from the fridge.
I have a bottle of sesame paste in my fridge and I wanted to get rid of the paste. I also want to take this opportunity to introduce my kids cold noodles which they have not taste before. I know they like sesame paste and the vinegar, therefore, this is a good dish to introduce them.
I knew that they like vinegar and sesame taste because they have persuaded my wife to buy a bottle of sesame sauce from Fairprice supermarket. They seems to enjoy it very much when it is used as a salad dressing. Therefore for readers who are time conscious and do not want to prepare the sauce from scratch, you can always prepare the dish using this ready made sauce. But as expected, the ready Japanese sesame dressing will be much costly than if we are preparing from scratch and you may need about 1 bottle for a meal of 4-5 adults.
Preparation of this dish is very easy. The very original traditional recipes only have shredded cucumbers to the noodles but for this illustration, I have added a few more ingredients to suit the current taste buds. As for the noodles, you can choose any of your favourite noodles and the noodles preferably will be able to yield a springy noodles when cold.
WHAT IS REQUIRED
Servings: 4-6 adult noodles
- 200 grams of noodles of your choice
- 1 medium sized cucumbers
- 1 small size carrots
- 1 chicken breast
- 50 grams of bean sprouts
- 3 eggs
- 4 tablespoons of sesame paste
- 6 tablespoons of water
- 2 tablespoons of light soya sauce
- 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons of black vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of chilli oil
- 5 cloves of garlic , minced
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (optional)
*The above quantity is for reference. You will have to do final adjustment to suit your taste buds. You can also use ready sesame dressing too.
STEPS OF PREPARATION
- Boil the chicken until cooked, shred the chicken and set aside.
- Pan fry the egg into thin omelette and cut it thinly. Set aside.
- Shred the carrots and cucumber until fine strips and set aside.
- Boil a pot of hot water, put 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, blanch the beansprouts for 1-2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Use the same pot of hot water to blanch your preferred noodles. You will have to refer to your noodle packaging instruction for blanching time as every brand will be different. For this brand, it requires only about 2 minutes in hot boiling water.
- Once the noodles are boiled, drain and immediately drop the noodles in icy cold cooked water. Let it continue to soak in the icy water until serving. However, the noodles are best prepared before the meals to maintain the springiness.
- In a bowl, mix all the sauce ingredients and stir until well mixed. It should not be overly thick. If it is too thick, you will have to add more water. Try some dressing to assess if it suits your taste bud. Remember that the noodles are tasteless and therefore sauce seasonings are very important. However, you can always adjust at the later stage. If you are using ready dressing, this step is not necessary.
- For serving, in a plate, put some cold noodles and some of each side ingredient , drizzle sparingly with the sesame sauce and topped with sesame seeds or even crushed peanuts if desired. If the noodles are too dry, you can add a tablespoon of water to the noodle to make it less sticky.
- If the serving are not immediate, you can put all the side ingredients including the noodles in the fridge. Your noodles will be slightly chill that differentiate it with eating other type of hot noodles. However, if you can’t take cold food, you can put everything at room temperature.
Do give it a try if you have never try this dish before but on the condition that your stomach are able to take cold food. It can be a snack or a main meal. As for the side ingredients, the choices are yours and you can even used shredded smoked duck or blanched prawns. Lastly remember that if you have time constraints, you can always used the ready made sesame dressing.
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