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Easy Sesame Chili Noodles

Hello and welcome! Today I have a quick and easy take on spicy peanut noodles. This version uses Chinese sesame paste instead of peanut butter, for a mellow, yet deep roasted nutty flavor. Shangxi noodles tossed in a sauce with chili oil and black vinegar, topped with cilantro, scallions and toasted sesame seeds, this dish is perfectly balanced and delicious. It’s Easy Sesame Chili Noodles, let’s do it!

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Ingredients

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Let’s talk for a quick minute about the ingredients. There are substitutions you can make. If you want to use hoisin sauce instead of chili oil and chili crisp, go for it. You can use balsamic vinegar instead of the Chinese black vinegar. If you want to use tahini sauce instead of the Chinese sesame paste, that’s ok too. Personally, I think the Chinese sesame paste has a deeper roasted flavor than tahini. You can use whatever noodles you have or like best. All that said, I wanted to go for what the original recipe (by Stephanie and Michael Le, featured on The Splendid Table) called for, with the addition of my favorite Chile Crunch. You can get everything on Amazon if you don’t have an Asian grocery store near you.

Sesame Chili Sauce

In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame paste, chili oil, sesame oil, black vinegar, and chile crunch (if using) until smooth, and set aside. Cook the noodles according to the package directions.

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Toppings

While the noodles are cooking, prepare your toppings. Thinly slice the scallions and give the cilantro a rough chop. Then I have some fried onions and toasted sesame seeds.

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Assembling the Sesame Chili Noodles

When the noodles are ready, use kitchen tongs and/or a spider skimmer to transfer the cooked noodles to the bowl of sauce. It’s ok for the noodles to drip the cooking water into the sauce, we will use more of the noodle cooking water (as needed) to stir into the noodles to keep them silky and glossy.

Use the tongs to toss the noodles in the sauce, adding more cooking water as needed to keep the noodles slick and glossy.

Add the sliced scallions and the cilantro, toss to combine. Add more chili crunch, if you like and add the toasted sesame seeds.

Toss again to thoroughly combine.

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And that’s it! Portion into wide bowls and top with the fried onions.

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This recipe for Easy Sesame Chili Noodles is one I will make over and over again. They are quick and delicious. You can add veggies to it, or any protein you like to make it a complete meal. Alex even went so far as to say that out of all the noddle dishes we have made so far, these Easy Sesame Chili Noodles are his favorite! Now that’s a rave review! If you want a more ambitious noodle recipe, try Flat Hand-Pulled Noodles with Chili Oil Vinaigrette. Take care and be well, xo Kelly

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Easy Sesame Chili Noodles

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Dinner, Main Course Chinese
By Stephanie and Michael Le, featured on The Splendid Table Serves: 2
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cooking Time: 10 Minutes Total Time: 25 Minutes

Easy Sesame Chili Noodles are nutty and spicy; tossed in a sauce with Chinese sesame paste, chili oil and black vinegar.

Ingredients

  • 6-8 oz. Dried Noodles
  • 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Chinese Sesame Paste
  • 1.5 tablespoons Chili Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 2 tsp. Chinese Black Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Chile Crunch (optional)
  • Toppings
  • Sliced Scallions
  • Crispy Fried Onions
  • Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds

Instructions

1

In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame paste, chili oil, sesame oil, black vinegar, and chile crunch (if using) until smooth, and set aside.

2

Cook the noodles according to the package directions.

3

While the noodles are cooking, prepare your toppings. Thinly slice the scallions and give the cilantro a rough chop.

4

When the noodles are ready, use kitchen tongs and/or a spider skimmer to transfer the cooked noodles to the bowl of sauce. It's ok for the noodles to drip the cooking water into the sauce.

5

Use the tongs to toss the noodles in the sauce, adding more noodle cooking water as needed to keep the noodles slick and glossy.

6

Add the sliced scallions and the cilantro, toss to combine. Add more chili crunch, if you like and add the toasted sesame seeds. Toss again to thoroughly combine.

7

Portion into wide bowls and top with the fried onions.

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  • Mari
    July 6, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Just when I think you can’t possibly come up with something new, you do! I think quick, easy and spicy are just perfect for hot summer nights. I would eat this and celebrate on the back porch if I had one, but I will have to celebrate on the patio, and dream of a back porch. I dream of a lot of things, but a porch is right up there. It will end up being an upper deck, but a big one. It has to have a roof or some kind of covering on it, so we could use it even if it rains, and a ceiling fan would be nice. I love old houses with wrap around porches. They remind me of my childhood, and my relatives down south. Just so you know, the. Blueberry monsters ate two cakes over the holiday. They didn’t last past Monday evening because leftovers went home with the kids who will forever love cake and blueberries, and especially a blueberry cake. I’ve already got Thanksgiving plans. Yeah I know it’s July, but I asked my daughter what her plans were for Thanksgiving, and when she said they were staying home instead of visiting the in-laws in New York, I pounced. I have no shame, but I was invited for a long weekend. Score! Now I have only to say, Happy Wednesday to Kelly, Alex, Terry, and the hot dogs, so Happy Wonderful Post Holiday Wednesday. Have a wonderful perfect day, and thank you for a recipe that sounds like supper tonight. ☀️🙂

    • Kelly Djalali
      July 6, 2022 at 10:48 am

      Hi Mari, the cooler temperatures of Fall sound nice when it’s 90 degrees at 11 AM! But the lack of greenery and flowers at Thanksgiving keep me from dwelling on autumnal temps. Lol! I am so glad the blueberry cake was a hit! I think you will enjoy these noodles. They are so satisfying! Have a wonderful Wednesday, we will be staying inside and keeping cool today. xo Kelly

  • Terry
    July 6, 2022 at 10:58 am

    This looks great I agree with Mari perfect for a later dinner on a warm day..,,I have to rest some of the ingredients from Amazon so I’ll keep you posted. It is really cooler here yesterday high 60’s low 70’s sort of humid and today is the same I like it. Tomorrow gradually getting warmer ….have a great Wednesday 🤗❤️ Mom

    • Kelly Djalali
      July 6, 2022 at 12:13 pm

      Enjoy those cooler temps, Mom! I am sure you will enjoy this easy noodle recipe, it’s such a good go-to. xo Kelly

  • Pat
    July 6, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Oh boy, anything chili crunch I am in love. Add pasta😋 Sesame paste sounds delicious. I know this will be a go to, many times over.
    Look forward to your blog each day.

    • Kelly Djalali
      July 6, 2022 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks so much for tuning in everyday, Pat – I am so grateful for your support! xo Kelly