Take-Out Style Cold Sesame Noodles

Last night Jenn and I got back from PAX East and after a total of 11 hours of driving in a 24 hour period I was too tired to cook. Earlier in the day while strolling around Boston, I really got the taste of cold sesame noodles; you know, the kind you get in a round plastic covered tin in New York City. The $6-8 pan of almost straight-up peanut butter covered square noodles that is almost always covered with cucumber (I hate cucumber).
The biggest issue is that it’s $6-8 for something you can make yourself for less than $1 per serving (if you go to the right stores). There’s something genuinely satisfying in creating something that you crave with such simple ingredients. And then seeing Jenn’s face light up when she tries something you spent about ten minutes making. And then seeing her sniffling and shoveling more noodles, as the sauce burns her face. It burns so good, but you can’t stop eating. 

As I describe it below, (and like I said earlier) it will burn your face (if you’re a spicy lightweight).



  • 1 pound Chinese egg noodles. You can get the good stuff at any Chinese grocery store, FRESH!
  • 4 tablespoons of Sesame Oil (you should be buying this by the gallon)
  • 7 tablespoons of Soy Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Chinese Rice Vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons Chinese Sesame Paste
  • 2 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic. 
  • 4 teaspoons chili-garlic paste, or less if you can’t handle it
  • ¼ cup chopped roasted peanuts








Most of these bottled items you should have in your house at all times. Oh the things you can do with Sesame Paste!


Cucumber, sliced into sticks for garnish.

1 tablespoon finely grated ginger I don’t like ginger

Here we go.

  1. Boil the noodles per the package instructions, unless you made them yourself. With your noodle skills you probably shouldn’t be reading my silly recipe. Run the noodles under cold water until not hot anymore. Splash them with sesame oil and mix.
  2. Take everything else, except the peanuts, thrown them in a bowl and mix until smooth.

Note: If you have a ninja or some other food processor, it will make the process even quicker. It’ll emulsify faster and stay well blended if you don’t use all the sauce right away.

3. Dump some of those wonderful, hopefully fresh, sesame oil smelling noodles in the best looking bowl you have in your house.

4. Gently spoon your pea nutty mixture over the noodles… Who am I kidding, dump that stuff everywhere. Seriously, coat every nook and cranny with the sauce. Oh my god, it’s so good.

5. If you can stop yourself from eating the noodles long enough, sprinkle some sesame seeds all over the place making sure to get them all over the floor and in your hair. Then do the same with the chopped peanuts.

This is what you should have if you made it this far…

Did you make it? Please let me know what you think. Any suggestions? There’s a comment section below. Scroll down, it’s right there.