Easy Vegan Peanut Cold Sesame Noodles | picklesnhoney.com

Peanut Cold Sesame Noodles

Easy Vegan Peanut Cold Sesame Noodles | picklesnhoney.com

When I was four or five years old, my family moved from New York City to a small suburban town about an hour outside of Boston. We moved for my dad’s job and because my parents wanted my brother and me to go to better schools, and also, I imagine, because raising little kids in NYC in the late 80s (and probably today) can be tricky.

When we first arrived in small town Massachusetts, I know my mom experienced a huge culture shock. She hated our ranch-style first house, she thought people were cold and unfriendly, and she cried after experiencing the Chinese takeout options, having had access to some of the best food in the world in Manhattan.

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Cold sesame noodles (not spicy!) have always been my mom’s go-to Chinese food order, and so I grew up thinking they were more special than the other items on the menu. Neither my family nor I eat out a lot, instead preferring to save our money to buy ingredients for a homemade meal we know we’ll enjoy. I’m positive I could find awesome (and vegan!) Chinese food in NYC, but even today, I’ve yet to find it in Boston. It’s always too greasy, too heavy, not enough vegetables, likely to contain animal products…not worth it. Which is why I finally set out to create my own kick-ass vegan peanut cold sesame noodles recipe.

Easy Vegan Peanut Cold Sesame Noodles | picklesnhoney.com

Easy Vegan Peanut Cold Sesame Noodles | picklesnhoney.com

This peanut sauce. Can we just take a moment? It’s one of those grab a spatula and when no one is looking, straight from the blender and into your mouth sauces. It’s creamy, salty but a little bit sweet, tangy, extra peanut buttery, and just hot enough thanks to the fresh ginger and red chili paste. My mom will think it’s way too spicy because she finds mild salsa inedibly spicy, but if you don’t have overly sensitive taste buds, you may even want to add more red chili paste. I kept the heat as more of a warming back note so as to not overwhelm the other more delicate flavors.

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Tossed with comforting soba noodles, thinly sliced cucumbers, carrots, and scallions, and peppered with pretty black sesame seeds, all that was missing was a handful of chopped lightly salted peanuts to finish it off.

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This is one of my favorite recipes to come out of my kitchen, in part because it’s a million times tastier and better for you than takeout, but also I’m sure because cold sesame noodles will always be special to me.

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Peanut Cold Sesame Noodles

Easy Vegan Peanut Cold Sesame Noodles | picklesnhoney.com

Peanut Cold Sesame Noodles

Vegan,

Serves: 6


Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 8 mins

Total Time: 28 mins

These vegan peanut cold sesame noodles are so good, you will want to skip the Chinese takeout in favor of a homemade meal. Quick, easy soba noodles and fresh vegetables get tossed with the dreamiest of peanut sauces. This is one of my favorite recipes to date.

Easy Vegan Peanut Cold Sesame Noodles | picklesnhoney.com

Peanut Cold Sesame Noodles

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Ingredients

For the peanut sauce:

  • 1/2 cup creamy salted peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos (or low sodium tamari)
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seed oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red chili paste (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2 medium garlic cloves

For the noodles:

  • 12 ounces dried soba nooodles
  • 1 cup organic shelled edamame
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, halved lengthwise and cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 large seedless cucumber, halved lengthwise and cut into matchsticks
  • 3 tablespoons toasted black/white sesame seeds
  • chopped lightly salted roasted peanuts, for garnish

Cuisine: Vegan Servings: 6

Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 8 mins Total Time: 28 mins

These vegan peanut cold sesame noodles are so good, you will want to skip the Chinese takeout in favor of a homemade meal. Quick, easy soba noodles and fresh vegetables get tossed with the dreamiest of peanut sauces. This is one of my favorite recipes to date.

Instructions

  • Add the peanut sauce ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, then transfer to a large mixing/serving bowl.
  • Cook the noodles according to the package directions in a large pot of boiling, lightly salted water. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add in the edamame. Drain, then rinse under cold water until cooled.
  • Add the noodles and edamame to the bowl of dressing, along with the scallions, carrot, cucumber, and sesame seeds. Gently toss to combine. Garnish with chopped peanuts. Serve immediately.

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  1. Caitlin says

    it’s weird- we grew up eating chinese food all the time because it’s my mom’s favorite. we always just got the staples- wonton soup, egg rolls, fried rice, so i never really experienced any other type of chinese food. so when i went vegan, i never had any desire to seek out vegan chinese food, if only because i didn’t know what i was missing. but, man, if i grew up eating peanut noodles, you bet your booty i’d be in the search for the perfect vegan version. luckily, you have graced me with the perfect recipe!

  2. I had no idea you were born in NYC, too! Our family had the exact same story, except my brother and I both went back to the city after growing up in VA (our Boston suburb).

    (Same culture shock, too, except ours was more about, “why are we the only ones here that look like this?” 😉 ).

    1. Amanda says

      “why are we the only ones here that look like this?” <-- too funny. The town I grew up in was also the opposite of diverse. That was actually somewhat of a concern for my parents moving us from the most diverse place in the world.

  3. Cold sesame noodles used to be one of my go-tos when ordering take-out! So yummy!

  4. I love peanut soba noodles!! It’s one of my favorite recipes my mom makes. I could eat bowls and bowls of it. 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Totally understand eating bowls and bowls. Yesterday I had peanut noodles for lunch and dinner, and yes, I thought about them for breakfast too.

  5. Kait says

    So this is only semi-related but a hand-pulled noodle place opened right next to my apartment and not only are their noodles vegan, they’re veg option includes tons of veggies and seitan. And its sooooo good and I’m scared for my bank account.

    In other news – I think you should move back to NYC. You can totally “tiny house” it and alternate between these and hand-pulled noodles. Also you can experience my half-asleep rambles in person where they’re accompanied by more ridiculousness. 😉

    Lastly – these are totally going on the menu for next week since…with sunbutter of course. 😉

    1. Amanda says

      I would be scared for my bank account too if a really good noodle place opened next door! We used to live down the street from a WF and that was a “problem” for me.

      Yeah…NYC, where a “tiny house” aka studio apartment starts at $1 million. 😉 I would, however, very much like to hear your half-asleep rambles in person. xo

      1. Kait says

        Even better are my early morning responses when Bren wakes me up to say goodbye before going to work. One time I asked if there was an alien invasion…yuuuup.

  6. Melissa says

    Would this sauce freeze well?

    1. Hi Melissa! I haven’t tried freezing the peanut sauce before (mostly because we devour it immediately!), but I don’t see why you couldn’t do that. Definitely let me know how it works out if you try it!

  7. Laureen Granger says

    I am very eager to try this recipe, and happy to discover this blog. Often I find food blogs take too long to get to the point- and on to the recipe itself. Yours, however, seems just right. thanks!

  8. Kimberly says

    I am obsessed with this!!!
    I was craving cold soba noodles one day and called around looking for some at different restaurants and ultimately decided to find a recipe I liked to make some. I found this recipe and have made it so much! It’s my favorite!!!

    1. That’s so awesome to hear, Kimberly! It’s one of my all-time favorites too. 🙂

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