Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

Sesame oil is one of the magic asian flavors that can be really fun to play with. This recipe doesn't use it! It comes out great. The basic technique here is to toast and blend sesame seeds into a paste that then gets thinned with soy sauce, mirin, and rice vinegar (a few more of the magic asian flavors) and mixed into the salad. If you don't like spending big bucks on a McCormick jar of sesame seeds looks for a cheap bag in the international section. Add the veggies you want, or even chicken or tofu, and serve at room temp. When refrigerated, you don't get the right texture and the flavor is reduced.

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