Spicy Sesame Noodles
Not only does this spicy noodle dish bring back fond memories of living in New York, but it also curbs my cravings for take-out food.
When I lived in New York, I ordered more than my fair share of Chinese take-out. Especially after finding the Chinese restaurant within delivery range of my apartment with the best deal. Simply put, the Chinese take-out was affordable, consistently delicious, and at my door within 20 minutes, and since I learned how to order smartly in order to get the best bang for my buck, I could live off the leftovers for an entire week.
Oh, what a different time that was!
Of course, I'd order enough food to be eligible for one free appetizer, and I'd typically choose between the steamed pork dumplings or the cold sesame noodles. Oddly enough, the appetizer usually wound up being my dinner for that evening, and I'd just put everything else in the refrigerator for another meal. Except the egg roll... obviously, those things are best when they're hot (and not reheated).
Now that I'm older (and presumably wiser), I don't spend as much money on Chinese take-out. It probably has something to do with the internal obligation I feel to Stephen to provide home-made meals as much as possible. So, instead of giving into my cravings for Chinese take-out and feeding my obsession with the sesame noodles, I started searching for a recipe that would help me recreate my favorite sesame noodle dish in my own kitchen.
Luckily, it didn't take me too long to find this one. I love that you can serve the dish hot, fresh out of the pot for dinner or cold, fresh out of the refrigerator the next day. I've made it several times during the summer, doing the cooking in the evening when the temperatures were slightly lower and then serving it as a cold salad the following day when it was too hot to do much more than blink.
Of course, adjust the spice level to fit your personal tastes... just keep in mind that the flavors and spice level will intensify a bit in the refrigerator. If you're planning on making the noodles ahead of time to serve the next day, I'd recommend erring on the side of caution and going easy on the red pepper flakes. Especially if you're serving the noodles to someone who's not too keen on heat. ;-)
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