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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

WFMW: Perfect Pot Luck dish

It's that time of year, when we're all invited to a bunch of pot luck picnics and dinners. I used to wrack my addled brains trying to come up with something that wasn't hard to make, but that would be different, unusual, and delicious. After a bunch of slaw recipes from hell, I found this recipe for Cold Sesame Noodles, and voila! A great dish, easy to make, tastes fabulous, and oh... it will stand out amongst the potato salads and macaroni salads. The best thing is, once you have brought it to a potluck and your friends have polished it off, the next party you're invited to, people beg you to bring your sesame noodles! Yes, your special potluck dish is born.

Cold Sesame Noodles

Note: this can be made vegetarian by leaving out the meat

Serves 2-3 on its own or 4-6 as a side dish

  • 2oz/50g lean bacon (optional)
  • 1 Tbl peanut (or other light) oil
  • 1/2 inch/1cm piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped (no need to peel)
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4oz/100g fresh bean sprouts
  • 2 tsp Mirin or sherry (or other light white cooking wine)
  • 7 inch/18cm cucumber, diced (no need to peel or seed unless it's one of those big waxy, seedy ones. If it's au natural just dice that sucker up)
  • 8oz/225g dried soba noodles (skinny ones that look like spaghetti)
  • 2 spring onions (scallions), very thinly sliced
  • handful of chinese pea pods (optional)
  • chopped bok choy (optional)
  • 3 Tbl sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbl light soy sauce
  • plenty of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Grill or broil the bacon until the edges crisp up, then cut it up into very small pieces.

Heat the peanut oil in a wok (or deep frying pan if you don't have a wok) until very hot, then add the ginger, garlic and bean sprouts.

Stir-fry for 30 seconds, splash in the wine and toss 30 seconds longer.

Scoop into a small bowl and leave to cool.

If you've got a big seedy waxed cucumber: cut it in half lengthwise, scoop out and discard the seedy center and finely dice the flesh. Set aside. If you are using an English cuke, you just dice the whole thing up.

Boil the noodles until al dente or as directed on the package, separating the strands with a wooden spoon, then rinse them under cold water and drain thoroughly.

Combine all the ingredients in a serving bowl, mixing very thoroughly. May be served straight away or refrigerated up to 6 hours.

Enjoy. Recipe can be easily doubled or even tripled for a hungry crowd. You can add any fresh vegetables you like. Yellow bell peppers, bok choy, asparagus, green beans, pea pods, etc. It all works well!

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Blogger Robin said...

Cold sesame noodles are one of my favorite things to bring to summer potlucks! In fact, I offered to bring it to something tomorrow but I gave them a choice between that and curried chicken salad (with grapes and cashews) and that one got picked instead. I'll admit to being a wee bit disappointed, I was looking forward to eating the noodles LOL. I think I'll have to make them for my own family this weekend instead.

18/6/08 3:48 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

This sounds delicious. My husband doesn't like (okay, detests) cucumbers. I wonder if fresh zucchini would work in its place? If my garden grows post-flood, I'll have plenty to spare.

18/6/08 8:19 AM  
Blogger Jendeis said...

This sounds delicious! I wonder if I could swap out the soba noodles for whole wheat spaghettini or angel hair?

18/6/08 12:27 PM  
Blogger purple_kangaroo said...

Ooh, yummy. I wonder if it would work with rice noodles?

19/6/08 2:37 AM  

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