Spicy Sesame Noodles

These noodles are a strong food memory for me. The first time I can remember eating them was probably when I was four or five. I think we were at an outdoor picnic/concert that involved John Denver and a backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. As insane as that sounds, for 1985 in Denver, that was pretty hip. My mom has this recipe on heavy rotation for summer entertaining and they have always been one of my favorites. I made them this past weekend for a BBQ and as always they were enjoyed. I make a couple versions of this that are a bit healthier, but wanted to share the tried and true recipe from The Silver Palate cookbook because it is absolutely the best. I served them with these Vietnamese style Banh Mi Burgers that are incredible. Not your average BBQ and a hard sell, once tried by everyone they realized that regular cheeseburgers are great, but Banh Mi is so much  better. I highly recommend both of these recipes for your next outdoor dinner.

Spicy Sesame Noodles
The Silver Palate Cookbook
serves 6

1 lb thin linguine or other thin pasta
1/4 cup peanut oil
2 cups sesame mayonnaise (recipe follows)
drops of Szechuan hot chili oil to taste (look for it in the Asian food section)
8 scallions, trimmed, well rinsed, and cut diagonally into 1/2 inch pieces
Blanched asparagus tips, broccoli florets, or snow peas, for garnish (optional)

1. Bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil in a large pot. Drop the linguine and cook until tender, but still firm. Drain toss in a mixing bowl with the peanut oil, and let cool to room temperature.

2. Whisk together the sesame mayonnaise and drops of the chili oil, to taste, in a small bowl. Do not hesitate to make it quite spicy; the noodles will absorb a lot of heat.

3. Add the scallions to the pasta, pour in the sesame mayonnaise, and toss gently. Cover and refrigerate until serving time. (Better if made day before or longer)

4. Toss the noddles again and add additional sesame mayonnaise if they seem dry. Arrange in a serving bowl and garnish with the asparagus, broccoli, or snow peas. Serve at room temperature (preferred) or cold.

Sesame Mayonnaise
makes 3 1/2 cups

1 whole egg
2 egg yolks
2 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar (in Asian food section of market)
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup dark sesame oil (in Asian food section of market)
2 1/2 cups of corn oil (I used vegetable)
Szechuan style hot chili oil (optional, in Asian food section of market)

1. In a food processor or blender, process the whole egg, egg yolks, vinegar, soy sauce, and mustard for 1 minute.

2. With the motor still running, dribble in the sesame oil and then the corn oil in a slow, steady stream.

3. Season with drops of the chili oil if you use it, and scrape the mayonnaise into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Note: This is a great dip for crudite, served over steamed asparagus, or as a salad dressing as well.



Cooking coupons said...

That should really taste delicious any time of year. When I saw that scallions and peanut oil were both included in the list of ingredients, I knew this dish was a winner. I have made something similar and it was delicious. May try your recipe as well- it is pretty rich.

Unique said...

I want to get some peanut oil and try this

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