These Double Sesame Noodles Are Every Bit as Delicious as They Appear

These Double Sesame Noodles Are Every Bit as Delicious as They Appear

Do you love noodles? If so, this Korean recipe is ideal for you. Refreshing, yet rich and creamy, the double sesame noodle bowl will have you asking for more. The recipe is easy to prepare and perfect for either lunch or dinner. Ready to learn how to make it?

Ingredients Necessary for Two Servings

Zucchini Topping

  • 1 zucchini, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
Ingredients Necessary for Two Servings

Savory Sesame Noodles

  • Kosher salt
  • 8 ounces fresh Korean udon noodles (or 5 ounces dried lo mein noodles)
  • Toasted sesame oil, for drizzling
  • 1⁄4 cup Kewpie mayonnaise
  • 1⁄4 cup Chinese sesame paste (Wangzhihe or Sanfeng, for example)
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 4 scallions, dark-green parts only, sliced thinly at an angle
  • 1⁄4 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • Sliced cooked chicken (optional)

How to Make the Sesame Noodles

1. A medium pot of water is brought to a boil. Meanwhile, the zucchini topping is made by mixing all the ingredients in a large bowl, which is then set aside.

2. Once the water is at a rolling boil, two hefty pinches of kosher salt should be added before dumping in the noodles. Fresh noodles should be boiled for four minutes, and dried noodles for seven minutes. Before rinsing the noodles in cold water and transferring them to a large bowl, the noodles should be drained. After that, they are drizzled with one teaspoon of toasted sesame oil and tossed to coat.

3. In a soup-size bowl, the Kewpie mayo, Chinese sesame paste, brown sugar, gochujang, and soy sauce should be mixed. Two cloves of garlic should be ground, and everything should be whisked together. Salt, gochujang, or soy sauce can be added to taste.

4. The sesame sauce is added directly to the large bowl of noodles, which are then tossed to combine. If the sauce seems a bit thick, a splash of hot water should be added until it easily coats the noodles. The toasted sesame seeds are added, and after that, everything is tossed again. The noodles should be served in a wide, shallow bowl with a topping of zucchini, some sprinkled scallions and cilantro, and optionally cooked chicken.

How to Make the Sesame Noodles

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to one week in an airtight container or zip-top bag. If you want the leftovers to taste, try adding hot water to noodles in the bag or a bowl so the sauce can get properly saucy and not icy fridge cold.