Chilled Sesame Noodles

Chilled Sesame Noodles -Lucas Sin -Chef


1 tablespoon neutral-flavored oil

12 ounces thin flour “yangchun noodles”, Chinese egg noodles, or other thin egg noodle (Lo mein noodles work fine.)

1/2 cup Chinese sesame paste

1 block furu (fermented tofu), from 13-ounce jar

4 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

1/4 cup light soy sauce

3 tablespoons sugar

2 1/2 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar

1/2 tablespoon dark soy sauce

1/2 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorn oil (I don't have that)

1/2 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon mayonnaise, preferably Kewpie

1/4 cup water (about)

Sliced scallions, for serving

Chile oil, for serving (I don't have that)- I used a few drops of Sriracha

Toasted sesame seeds, coarsely ground using a mortar and pestle, for serving

1. In a small skillet, heat the oil just until it begins to shimmer. Transfer to a medium bowl and let cool. Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Drain and toss with the oil (I used sesame oil) in the medium bowl or on a small rimmed baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate until cold.

2. In a small bowl, whisk the sesame paste and furu until smooth. Add the sesame oil, light soy sauce, sugar, black vinegar, dark soy sauce, Sichuan peppercorn oil, and salt and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the mayonnaise and then whisk in enough of the water until a thin creamy, silky sauce forms.

3. Divide the noodles among bowls; drizzle the sesame sauce on top. Garnish with the scallions, chile oil, and sesame seeds.