Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ginger Sesame Noodles

Happy New Year!  Welcome to the year of the goat and sheep.  Indeed today only marks the first day of the Chinese New Year.  The celebration lasts for 15 days and each day has a special meaning.  It all culminates with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day.  That makes for one long party!

There is some seriously good eating going on too.  Yum!  Of utmost importance is eating noodles.  They represent longevity.  So here is a really delicious way to enjoy some noodles.  My kids love these, they will eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Noodles are meant to be a side dish and as such, this recipe will make 6 generous servings but my kids will eat them as the main event any chance they can.  These noodles complement so many main dishes - BBQ and grilled meats, roasted meats.  They are so simple to make, so enjoy.

Ginger Sesame Noodles


8 ounces angel hair pasta
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallion rings
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon pure sesame oil
freshly ground pepper to taste

1.  Cook pasta according to package.  I don't add salt to the water because the seasoning ingredients have plenty.  Drain when done.
2.  While the pasta cooks, toast the sesame seeds in a small skillet over medium low heat.  Stir frequently and watch carefully.  This will take about 3-4 minutes.  Remove from heat just as they are taking on color.
3.  Thinly slice the scallions and mince the ginger.
4.  Put the oyster sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil in a large skillet.  Add drained pasta, sesame seeds, ginger and scallions.  Toss over low heat to just heat through and combine all ingredients.  I like to use 2 forks for this to get the scallions and sesame seeds all mixed in.  Season to taste with pepper.