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Classic Chinese Sesame Noodles

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

If you think you’ve tasted great sesame noodles, think again. Toasted sesame paste gives these an incredibly deep, nutty flavor, while homemade hot pepper oil adds gentle spicy heat. A pinch of crushed red pepper flakes or a few dashes of hot sauce can be used instead, if you like.


  • 8 oz. fresh Chinese lo-mein-style egg noodles
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. Asian sesame oil
  • 5 Tbs. Chinese Chicken Broth or lower-salt chicken broth
  • 3-1/2 Tbs. well mixed Chinese sesame paste
  • 2 Tbs. thinly sliced scallion greens
  • 2 Tbs. dark soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbs. white rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. Hot Pepper Oil; more to taste
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 380
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 160
  • Fat (g): 18
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 7
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7
  • Cholesterol (mg): 40
  • Sodium (mg): 600
  • Carbohydrates (g): 46
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Protein (g): 10


  • Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a 4-quart pot. Have a large bowl of ice water ready. Add the noodles to the boiling water and stir. Cook until al dente, about 2 minutes. Drain and immediately transfer the noodles to the ice water to stop the cooking. Stir until cool; drain.
  • Transfer the noodles to a large bowl and toss with the sesame oil. Refrigerate, uncovered, until cold, at least 1 and up to 4 hours.
  • Meanwhile, whisk the broth, sesame paste, scallions, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, hot pepper oil, and a pinch of white pepper in a medium bowl.
  • Toss the noodles with the sauce, garnish with the cilantro, and serve.


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Reviews (2 reviews)

  • Graymarmom | 12/15/2014

    This recipe is FANTASTIC. It has become my 'go to' and every time I make it, it is so delicious. I found the sesame paste at our local Chinese grocer and ended up purchasing a number of jars because I love these noodles so much. My family is not a fan of Udon noodles - it is a textural issue that I don't share with them - so I use Angel's Hair pasta with great results. I will often throw in matchstick carrots and blanched snow peas.....such a great recipe!

  • all_about_me_chef | 09/23/2013

    Sesame noodles have been a favorite of mine and my family for years. This is the BEST recipe I have found. I did have trouble locating all of the ingredients (even going to an Asian specialty market) and used dried noodles and regular soy sauce. Great results!!

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