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Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles

A dish I learned in China when I was living there and which was one of my favorites was Zhīmajiàng liángbàn miàn ( 芝麻酱凉拌面) translated to Sesame cold noodles. It is usually a meat free dish but in Shanghai it was with shredded chicken.  So I will teach you how to make my favorite dish ever, which is incredibly easy!!
Be aware the flavours are really strong and it is quite spicy so make sure you’re up for it.


Note: You will need a blender or other machine to cut up and mix the ingredients.

Ingredients for 4 people:
400g noodles (preferably thin noodles)
3 chicken breasts
4 tbls sesame oil
4 spring onion
3 garlic gloves
3 cm ginger
2 tsp szechuan pepper corn
3 tbls sesamepaste
2 tsp chili bean sauce
3 tbls white rice vinegar
2 tbls orange juice
2 tbls light soy sauce
3 tsp dark soy sauce
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
3 tsp sugar
1 tbls peanut oil

Cooking directions:

Season the chicken if you want before grilling it and shred it by using two forks, make sure the chicken is still warm because it makes it easier to shred, set to the side to cool down.

Boil the noodles in salted water until ready, drain it and set it with cold water. Drain most of the water and stir two table spoons of sesame oil through it. Set the noodles to the side.

Roast the pepper corn in a dry pan until the scent frees and add into the blender. peel the skin off the ginger root and garlic and also add these into the blender. Add all of the ingredients to the blender except for the spring onion, chicken and noodles.
Grind/chop and mix them until the entire mixture is smooth, cut up the spring onion while you wait.

When the chicken and the noodles are both cold; put the noodles in a bowl and add the chicken on top, pour some of the mixture on the chicken and add the spring onion.

Serve cold with a chilled beer.

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