Cold Asian Noodles

white bowl with Asian Noodle salad of soba noodles, cucumber shreds, basil and tomato

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On a hot day, this is all I want to eat. Or a cold day honestly. When I use the spice oil or peanut sauce it really warms me up. This is my kind of lunchtime comfort food. Cold but spicy food is refreshing and delicious in the summer. If you have some spice oil on hand, be sure to add it. It’s like a simple and cheaty version of Dan Dan noodles that way.


white bowl with Asian Noodle salad of soba noodles, cucumber shreds, basil and tomato
Cold Asian Noodles
Print Recipe
A basic recipe for making cold asian noodle salads with a bunch of suggestions for varying it based on taste and what is in your fridge.
Servings
4
Servings
4
white bowl with Asian Noodle salad of soba noodles, cucumber shreds, basil and tomato
Cold Asian Noodles
Print Recipe
A basic recipe for making cold asian noodle salads with a bunch of suggestions for varying it based on taste and what is in your fridge.
Servings
4
Servings
4
Ingredients
  • 12 oz dried spaghetti, soba, udon or other Asian noodles
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 bunch scallions chopped
  • 1 cucumber finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
Additions
  • spice oil make it!
  • peanut sauce make it!
  • grated carrot
  • shredded cabbage
  • bean sprouts
  • hard boiled egg
  • chopped tomato
  • stir fried ground beef or pork
Instructions
  1. Prepare the noodles according to the package instructions. Rinse them under cold water and put them in a colander to drain.
  2. Put the noodles in a bowl and add the soy sauce, spice oil or peanut sauce if you have it, scallions, and cucumber (and any other additions). Mix it all together with a fork or a tongs. Taste it and add salt and pepper or more spice oil as needed.
  3. Let the noodles sit in the fridge for about an hour if you can. The flavors will mingle and become more intense.
  4. Think of this as a recipe that you can really make your own. Use whatever sauce or dressing you like and whatever vegetables you have around, or just a few scallions.

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