Cold Sesame Noodles 66

Cold Sesame Noodles 66
Cold Sesame Noodles 66

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Ingredients

  • BROTH:

  • 1

    cup light soy sauce

  • 3/4

    cup sugar

  • 1/2

    cup black Chinese vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)

  • 1/2

    cup unseasoned rice vinegar

  • 1/2

    cup Shaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine) (or dry Sherry)

  • 1

    cup fresh cilantro leaves - (packed)

  • 1/2

    cinnamon stick broken into pieces

  • 1/2

    tablespoon coriander seeds

  • 1/2

    red Thai chile or red jalapeño chile

  • NOODLES AND GARNISHES:

  • 4

    coils bean thread noodles (saifun)* (from two 5- to 6-oz packages)

  • 4

    cups mung bean sprouts

  • Peanut-Sesame Sauce (see recipe)

  • 1

    large Fuji apple quartered, cored, and cut into matchstick-size strips

  • 1

    cucumber peeled, quartered

  • lengthwise, seeded, cut matchstick size

  • 5

    green onions chopped

  • 1/3

    cup chopped crystallized ginger

  • GARNISH:

  • 1

    Thin apple slices

  • Roasted salted peanuts

  • Toasted sesame seeds

Directions

* Clear dried noodles, also known as cellophane or transparent noodles; sold in the Asian foods section of some supermarkets and at Asian markets. For Broth: Bring first 5 ingredients to boil in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Mix in cilantro, cinnamon, coriander, and chile. Remove from heat; steep 45 minutes. Strain into bowl. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Bring to room temperature before using.) For Noodles And Garnishes: Place noodles in large bowl. Add boiling water to cover. Let stand until noodles are soft, separating occasionally, about 10 minutes. Drain; return noodles to bowl. (Can be prepared 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Before using, cover with warm water; drain well.) Pour 1/4 cup broth into each of 6 shallow bowls. Top with sprouts, noodles, Peanut-Sesame Sauce, apple, cucumber, green onions, and ginger. Garnish with apples, peanuts, and sesame seeds. This recipe yields 6 small servings.

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