Sesame Noodles with Sweet Peppers and Cucumbers
Why This Recipe Works
To avoid the pitfalls of many standard sesame noodle recipes, including gummy noodles and bland, pasty sauce, we rinsed the cooked noodles to rid them of excess starch. We wanted an authentic sauce and found that chunky peanut butter ground freshly into the sauce with toasted sesame seeds made the best substitute for Asian sesame paste. After we added fresh garlic and ginger as well as soy sauce, rice vinegar, hot sauce, brown sugar, and a final portion of sesame seeds to the sauce, we thinned it out with water to achieve the best texture.