Cold Chinese Noodles with Sesame Paste

Flight of the Conchords at the Hollywood Bowl!

On Sunday, we are going to the Hollywood Bowl with 2 friends to see Flight of the Conchords. I am so excited. The bowl is my absolute favorite venue and those two guys are brilliant. I, of course, am making dinner. I decided to make Ina’s Asian Grilled Salmon, Sugar Snap Peas with Black Sesame Seeds and Cold Chinese Noodles with Sesame Paste. I love this menu – it’s perfect picnic food. The cold noodles are a favorite of mine.

Cold Chinese Noodles with Sesame Paste

3 – 4 Green onions, sliced
8 oz egg or buckwheat noodles
2 Tbs toasted sesame seeds

Dressing:
3 Tbs rice vinegar
1 Tbs sesame paste
2 Tbs peanut butter
2 tsp honey
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbs soy sauce
1 Tbs chili sauce
¼ cup vegetable oil
4 Tbs sesame oil
juice from ½ orange
salt & pepper to taste

Slice green onions.

In a mixing bowl combine vinegar, sesame paste, peanut butter, honey, mustard, and soy sauce.  Whisk in oils slowly.  Add orange juice and salt and pepper.  Set aside.

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to directions on the package, drain and run under cold water.

Toss noodles with the dressing.  Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

* You can also add cooked chicken to this and make as a main coarse.

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