notes for this recipe before starting:
* do not use salted water to cook the noodles; enough salt is provided in the soy sauce;
* a dark soy sauce is the one to use; light ones or japanese style do not have the same depth of flavour;
* do not use less oil than called for; it is there for a reason and does not make the noodles "oily";
* the sesame seeds & sesame oil are optional. omit if you do not like the the texture/flavour they add to the noodles;
* orange zest is also optional;
* i sometimes make these noodles without the sesame seeds & orange zest and it is just as good. my preference is often for making them plain & simple.
spicy sweet & salty sesame noodles
1/2 small pkg spaghetti or linguine noodles [~ 250 g; 1/2 lb]
1 - 3 tbsp sesame seeds
3 - 4 tbsp vegetable oil
3 - 4 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp red chili flakes or sriracha sauce
4 - 5 tbsp dark soy sauce (not japanese or light soy)
3 - 4 tbsp honey
1/2 - 1 tsp dark [toasted] sesame oil
1 - 2 tsp finely grated orange zest or,
1 tbsp thinly julienned orange peel (no white part)
thinly sliced green onions for garnishing
measure out the noodles and break in half and set aside.
put up water to boil the noodles. while that is happening, place sesame seeds — if using — in a dry fry pan over medium heat and brown them. remove and set aside. in the same pan, add the oil [not the sesame] over medium low heat and add the sliced garlic. cook until softened, not browned. add the chili flakes during the last 30 seconds to cook a bit.
place this in a large mixing bowl and add the orange zest to release some of its oils. add the sesame oil and the seeds along with the soy sauce and honey.
when water is ready, boil the noodles until al dente and strain. drain well, you don't want any water added to the recipe. place the noodles in a large bowl and cover the bowl.
add drained noodles to the sauce ingredients and mix well with tongs. let the noodles absorb the sauce for an hour or two before eating. adjust seasonings to your liking.
these can be successfully refrigerated and enjoyed later. they absorb the flavours nicely.