Saturday, March 5, 2011

Noodles You Want To Eat With Your Hands

I love this noodle dish.  It is so easy to make, and the toasted sesame seeds and sesame oil smell wonderful.  It pairs well with so many things, it holds up to travel so you can take it to a party or picnic, and you can prepare it in advance.  Plus, it is great to eat straight from the refrigerator in the wee hours of the morning when you come home from an evening of fun.

I love this noodle dish so much that sometimes I even start to eat with my hands when I make it, or in the wee hours of the morning when all that fun has made me hungry.

Sesame Noodles
Serves 2 to 4
Modified from Nigella Lawson

1/3 cup sesame seeds
salt, to taste
8 to 10 oz soba noodles
2 tsp rice vinegar
6 tsp soy sauce
2 1/2 tsp honey
2 tsp sesame oil
3 to 4 scallions, chopped

In a dry pan, toast sesame seeds over high heat until the are golden brown.  Pour them into a bowl and set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to boil and add a bit of salt.  Put in the noodles and cook them for about 6 minutes (or follow the directions on the package) until they are tender, but not mushy.  Have a bowl of ice water waiting to plunge the noodles into after draining.

Using the bowl in which you are going to serve the noodles, mix the vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil.

Add the cooled, well-drained noodles to the bowl and the finely chopped scallions.

Toss together and the add the toasted sesame seeds and toss again.

I find this dish tastes best if you let it sit for at least 20 or 30 minutes before serving.


  1. Good idea, was just wondering what to eat for breakfast! I'll try it with the honey. My mom always used to mix a little wasabi into the sauce. Gives it a great little zing!

  2. We have a package of those noodles. I have already requested this recipe. We don't have sesame seeds, however. And they can sometimes be hard to find at the local grocery. Any suggestions?

  3. Thanks, Virginia, that is a great suggestion!

    Good question, JamieWilsonHank. Unfortunately, there can be no replacing the sesame taste of sesame seeds. But, you could replace the seasame oil with a bit of peanut and/or chili oil and use chopped peanuts in place of the seeds. Good luck experimenting!

  4. This is Japanese popular food which name is SOBA.

    I'm a Japanese. It is nice recipe that I have ever seen.