May 31st, 2018

Sesame Cold Noodle Bundles

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Makes 16
Total time: 30 minutes
Active time: 30 minutes

Photo by Vanessa Rees

If you’re doing any summer entertaining, these are a must. All of the greatness of sesame cold noodles without all of the inconvenience of needing a plate and utensils! These flavorful little bundles come wrapped in a scallion. It can’t get anymore cute or delicious. Perfect for picking up and shoving into your face, or, if you prefer, you can still serve them on a plate like a princess.


They say long noodles mean long life, so don’t go breaking your noodles before boiling them. Use the longest noodles you can find in the biggest pot of boiling water.

You can make these a few hours ahead and keep them refrigerated on a serving tray wrapped in plastic wrap until ready to serve.

Rice noodles are, obviously, all you need to make these gluten-free!


12 oz dry udon noodles

For the dressing:
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
1 clove garlic
1/3 cup toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup tamari
2 teaspoons sriracha
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup warm water, plus more to thin

Everything else:
16 romaine hearts
16 whole scallions
black sesame seeds


First bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Boil noodles according to package directions. While that’s going on, prepare the dressing.

Make the dressing:
Place the garlic and ginger in a blender and pulse to chop them up a bit. Add the remaining ingredients – sesame oil, rice vinegar, tamari, sriracha, sugar, peanut butter, and water, and puree until it’s completely smooth. Add a little extra warm water if needed to thin.

When the noodles are ready, run them under cold water to cool completely.

In a large mixing bowl, toss the noodles with the dressing to coat. To assemble, place a bunch of noodles down the center of a romaine heart, leaving a little bit of space at the top and bottom. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds. Tie each heart up with a whole scallion to form a bundle.

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