Chilled tossed noodles

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 8 people

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  • Noodles
  • 500 gm fresh thin egg noodles
  • 1 telegraph cucumber, cut into fine matchsticks
  • 2 green onions, finely shredded
  • 35 gm (¼ cup) roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp finely shredded ginger
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) vegetable or peanut oil
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  • Chinkiang vinegar dressing
  • 250 ml (1 cup) light soy sauce
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) Chinkiang vinegar (see note)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • 1-2 tsp bean sauce (douban jiang, see note)
01   For Chiankiang vinegar dressing, combine all the ingredients and stir until the sugar dissolves.
02   Drop noodles into boiling water and stir to separate. Boil for 2-5 minutes or until just tender. Rinse under cold water and drain thoroughly.
03   Place noodles in a large bowl and add the dressing. Toss with cucumber, green onions, vegetable oil and 2 tablespoons roasted sesame seeds. Serve on plates sprinkled with remaining sesame seeds.

Note Chinkiang vinegar is a black rice vinegar popular in southern China, where it is considered the best of its kind. Bean sauce, also known as douban jiang or min si jeung in Cantonese, is made from soy beans. Depending on the brand, it can be very salty, so use sparingly. Similar to miso, it is wonderfully versatile and keeps almost indefinitely in the refrigerator. When asking for douban jiang, insist on the variety without chilli. Chinkiang vinegar and bean sauce are available from Asian grocery stores.

Recipe:

TONY TAN

Photography:

BEN DEARNLEY

Styling:

ELODIE RAMBAUD AND RODNEY DUNN

FEATURED IN

Sep 2007

Sep 2007

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