Oct 24, 2009

Dry Noodles with Sesame Sauce - 芝麻醬乾拌麵

7:30 a.m. That's the time I woke up today, on a Saturday morning,
I guess I was too hungry....it's hard to sleep in when my stomach is calling for food,
So I poured some frosted flakes cereal with some milk,
Wait until it gets soggy..., then I finished it in 3 minutes..
(I like my frosted flakes soft instead of crunchy,
And I try to finish the cereal first then enjoy the sweetened milk in the end,
Personal habit since childhood!
But am I the only one doing this?)

Couple hours passed...
Gurrrrrr........my stomach is making noises again....am I that hungry?
It was still early in the morning...around 10ish...
Making lunch around 10 seems a little bit too early for me....plus it'll take a while for the rice to be cooked...

As I opened the fridge, saw this jar of sesame sauce hiding in the corner,
Sobbing maybe, I've been ignoring that jar for a while,
Just that I rarely use sesame sauce except for hot pot meals..
Suddenly a "light bulb" popped up above my head,

Let me make something filling and easy, something that I don't need to wash too many dishes afterwards, my simplified dan dan noodles!-


1 bundle of udon noodles (or any kind of noodles per your preference)
1.5 tablespoons of sesame sauce (I used two tablespoons because I like the sauce to be thicker)
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of chicken stock
1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of chili oil
2 teaspoons of black vinegar
Some toasted sesame seeds


Boil a pot of water to cook the noodles,
Meanwhile, let's prepare the sauce.

Mix together the soy sauce, chicken stock, sesame sauce, sugar, chili oil, and black vinegar,
Stir in the noodles when it's done,

I didn't drain it really well because I want some hot water in my sauce mixture,
It's about 1 tablespoon of extra hot water.

Mix the noodles with the sauce,
Add some toasted sesame seeds before serving,
Some extra chopped scallions will be good too, just that I don't have any left in my fridge.
The amount of vinegar and chili oil can be adjusted depending on your personal taste.

This time it took me 5 minutes to finish up the noodles,
Re-energized, I think it'll last me few more hours till lunch time!

Cindy's Rating: 7


  1. I made sesame sauce noodles last few weeks too and had it cold!

  2. To Tigerfish~
    Cold, is that~~Chinese cold noodles?

  3. What is "sesame sauce"? Do you mean sesame oil ? If you mean one of those pre-made bottled sauce from the market, what's in it??

  4. Angie, Cindy probably means one of those sauces that are already pre-mixed. You could always use some hoisin sauce, add a little sesame oil, mix, and then combine noodles with that and sprinkle sesame seeds over noodles. You can play around with the different flavors of asian sauces out there, depending on your flavor preference. My preference is a sweet flavor with a sour tang at the end. Start experimenting :)!!

    Love your blog Cindy!!!

  5. That photo really sells these noddles. Looks yummy.

  6. To Angie~
    It's like a paste, something similar to this picture I found through Google Image:


    Hope this helps!
    If you add some peppercorn oil in the noodles it'll be even better! Just a suggestion!

    To Joaniebaby~
    Thank you so much for the explanation! Hoisin sauce sounds good too, sometimes I also use oyster sauce for noodles, it's especially good for stir fry udon!

    To food and wine chickie~
    Thank you so much! That spoonful of noodles was in my mouth immediately after I took the pictures!

  7. Thank you guys, joaniebaby & Cindy for the quick answer! I looked at the photo and the bottle looks like there is some miso in it, no? I guess the ingredients in the sauce are printed in Japanese so we can't decipher...?

  8. Congrats on Top 9! Beautiful pictures!

  9. Oh this looks delicious - great photo!

  10. oh this looks so good what a cool blog you have and nice way of writing

  11. To Angie~
    Maybe this link will help:


    To Mardi~
    Thank you so much!

    To Simply Life~
    Thank you so much, I'll do my best to keep up the good work!

    To Chow and Chatter~
    Thank you! Haha glad you like my writing, I never think I can write well at all! Btw, I love your name!