Cold sesame noodles

Cold sesame noodles

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Peanuts and sesame are big factors in Sichuan cooking, as is a love of cold savoury dishes to cool off on hot days. This is a great recipe to start with, if you want to get involved



  • crunchy peanut butter 2 tbsp
  • tahini 2 tbsp
  • rice vinegar 3 tbsp
  • light soy sauce 1 tbsp
  • toasted sesame oil 1 tbsp, plus extra to serve
  • caster sugar 1 tbsp
  • cooked egg noodles 2 x 275g packs
  • cucumber ½, deseeded and cut into very thin 8cm strips
  • roasted peanuts a handful
  • chiu chow chilli oil to serve (see cook’s notes below)


  • Step 1

    Put the peanut butter, tahini, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and caster sugar into a large bowl with 50ml of water and whisk.

  • Step 2

    Tip the noodles into the sauce and gently mix until everything is well coated. Divide between four bowls.

  • Step 3

    Put a small pile of cucumber strips onto each bowl, and a separate pile of peanuts. To serve, drizzle over extra sesame oil and some chilli oil, if you like.

Cook's notes

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 430
  • Fat 19.8g
  • Saturates 3g
  • Carbs 48.5g
  • Sugars 10.6g
  • Fibre 3.7g
  • Protein 12.5g
  • Salt 1.1g