A flavorful Taiwanese Sesame Noodles recipe. This quick Chinese recipe consists mostly of simple Asian ingredients and condiments. The cold sesame noodles are tossed in a rich Asian Sesame Peanut Dressing.
Sesame Noodles is known as Ma Jiang Mian, a common street food in Taiwan. It tastes amazing when served at room temperature or if you prefer when warmed. Don’t forget to serve the noodles with some chopped green onion, julienned cucumber, and spicy chili sauce.
This sesame noodles recipe can be ready within 10 minutes when you use Chinese noodles or as long as 15 minutes if you use spaghetti.
Simple yet Flavorful Sesame Noodles (Ma Jiang Mian):
Thinking of ordering some Chinese takeout? Well, maybe it’s time to skip it and make your own delicious Chinese-style noodles at home. This Sesame Noodles recipe proves that you can make a tasty Asian meal with simple ingredients. There’s no cooking skill required and best of all, no MSG!
These easy Sesame noodles are a popular Shanghainese and Taiwanese classic noodle dish. They are so delicious and interestingly many say they taste better when you serve them at room temperature rather than warm. This makes it the perfect dish for gatherings, lunches or pot lucks.
麻醬麵 (ma jiang mian) Sesame Noodles are one of the most popular yet cheapest dishes you can get in Taiwan. These cold sesame noodles use a thin wheat noodle which is covered in creamy sesame, peanut and soy sauce and has no meat.
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I first ate Ma Jiang Mian at one of my local Taiwanese restaurants. I am not claiming this dish is 100% authentic, however, it tastes close to what I had at Shanghainese and Taiwanese restaurants and most importantly, it is delicious!
This noodle dish is versatile. It is served plain but you can make a complete meal by adding meat, such as ground pork or shredded chicken. I highly recommend adding some Chinese hot chili sauce.
Cold Noodles with Sesame Sauce:
To make the chili sauce, you will need Chinese sesame paste or Tahini, peanut butter, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, rice vinegar (or black vinegar) and ginger and hot water.
Chinese sesame paste is a popular condiment used in noodles. You can find Chinese sesame paste in most Asian grocers and can use Tahini as a replacement ingredient.
Please keep in mind that Tahini sauce is used in Middle Eastern cooking, which is also made from sesame seeds. The taste is quite similar to the Chinese sesame paste. However, Tahini sauce is made with raw sesame seeds while Chinese sesame paste has toasted seeds. The Tahini, therefore, does not have the same depth of flavor as the Chinese sesame paste.
Sesame Noodles (Ma Jiang Mian)
- 1 tbsp Chinese sesame paste (or Tahini) *see notes
- 1 tbsp Peanut Butter (smooth)
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp rice vinegar or black vinegar
- ½ tbsp white sugar
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp minced ginger (optional)
- 2 tbsp hot water
- 4 oz Chinese thin wheat noodles, hand noodles (or use spaghetti)
Toppings (Optional Ingredients):
- fresh chopped onion
- Chinese Chili Sauce (see notes)
- toasted sesame seeds
- sesame oil
- chopped peanuts
- fresh vegetables (such as julienned cucumber, or bean sprouts)
- In a medium mixing bowl, add sesame paste, peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, minced garlic, minced ginger, sugar, and hot water. Stir to combine. Set aside.
- Cook the noodles according to the product packaging or until al-dente.
- Divide the noodles among serving bowls and pour in the sauce. Toss to coat. Serve with julienned cucumbers, chopped green onions, chopped peanuts, and sesame seeds and chili sauce. Drizzle with a small amount of sesame oil if needed. Enjoy!