Spicy Taiwanese sesame noodles are a popular Taiwanese street food. It's very quick to make and consists mostly of simple Asian ingredients and condiments.
What makes it unique are its wheat noodles and sesame paste, which leaves a nutty profile on your palate. Good as a hearty quick meal.
- 400g fresh wheat noodles
- 2 tbsp Chinese/Taiwanese sesame paste (Zhi Ma Jiang)
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 0.5 tsp Chinese black vinegar
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp chilli oil
- 0.33 cup (80g) hot water from cooking noodles
- 1 pinch salt to taste
- 1 pinch sesame seeds.
- 1 scallion, finely chopped
- 30g roasted peanuts, crushed.
1. Prepare sesame sauce
- In a bowl, combine the sesame paste, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, black vinegar, toasted sesame oil, sugar and chilli oil.
2. Prepare the noodles
- Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain the noodles and reserve the hot, starchy cooking water.
- Add a desired amount of the hot cooking water to the sesame sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt.
3. Plate and serve
- To assemble, place the sauce in a bowl, place in the noodles, mix and garnish with scallions, sesame seeds and crushed peanuts. Mix while still hot and enjoy.
- Use a one-to-one ratio of tahini and peanut butter as a substitute for Zhi Ma Jiang, or replace all with peanut butter.
- Chinese/Taiwanese sesame paste (Zhi Ma Jiang) gives the distinct flavour of the dish. Its flavour profile is very different from tahini: tahini is made from unroasted and hulled sesame seeds, while Chinese/Taiwanese sesame paste is made from roasted and unhulled sesame seeds.
Asian Food Network