I recently found myself craving spicy sesame noodles. Unfortunately, I had trouble finding a ready-made recipe that appealed to me. One recipe was too sweet, another was too bland. Yet a third called for ingredients I didn’t have at hand, like tahini and sesame paste. While those would be good, I dislike buying an entire jar/package/bottle of something just for one recipe. It did give me the idea to include some ginger, which I liked. Besides, I wanted spicy sesame noodles right then and there, not several hours or days in the future!
So, I combined and improvised. And, of course, cut down the recipes from eight or four people to just one serving.
I also didn’t have long rice noodles, only linguine, so I used that. If you use rice noodles, follow the directions on the package to cook them. There are instructions in the recipe for both. If you only have linguine (or even short pasta) use that and don’t worry about it.
So, instead of a ready-made recipe, I ended up with my own twist. But, I’m happy to say it turned out really well.
A bit of a warning about this recipe. As is, it’s really spicy, since that chili garlic sauce packs a punch, so if you prefer a milder version, leave it out.
It’s great for a hot summer day, as it requires only that you cook the noodles, and nothing else. Just chop, mix, arrange in a bowl, and eat.
Spicy Sesame Noodles Recipe for One Person Substitutions and Variations
- if you don’t have rice vinegar, use white vinegar
- top with diced fresh bell pepper
- add lightly cooked snow peas or broccoli
- if you want a heartier meal, add in some cooked chicken
- add 1 tsp tahini to the sauce
- garnish with sliced cucumber
- use the peanut butter and cucumber to make a peanut butter and cucumber sandwich — yes, really)
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