Chinese Noodles In Peanut Sesame Sauce

Ingredients

1 lb. Chinese-style noodles (or any spaghetti/fettucini-type pasta)
2 Tbsp. dark sesame oil

Dressing:
6 Tbsp. peanut butter
1/4 cup water
3 Tbsp. light soy sauce
6 Tbsp. dark soy sauce
6 Tbsp. tahini (sesame paste)
1/2 cup dark sesame oil
2 Tbsp. sherry
4 tsp. rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup honey
4 medium cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1-2 Tbsp. hot pepper oil (see instructions below)*
1/2 cup hot water

Garnish: (all are optional, depending on your taste)
1 carrot, peeled
1/2 firm medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and julienned
1/2 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
2 green onions, thinly sliced

Directions

Cook noodles in large pot of boiling unsalted water over medium heat until barely tender and still firm.Drain immediately and rinse with cold water until cold. Drain well and toss noodles with (2 Tbsp) dark sesame oil so they don't stick together.FOR DRESSING: combine all ingredients except hot water in a blender or food processor fitted with steel blade and blend until smooth. Thin with hot water to consistency of whipping cream.For garnish, peel flesh of carrot in short shavings about 4" long. Place in icewater for 30 minutes to curl.Just before serving, toss noodles with sauce. Garnish with cucumber, peanuts, green onion, and carrot curls. Serve at room temperature.

* Hot Pepper Oil: Amount you use depends on how hot you like it. 2 Tbsp. will give it a nice "bite." If your tastes run to the very hot, you might want to use 3 Tbsp.



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