Sesame Oil Noodles

Sesame oil noodles are simple and hearty and are especially suitable to eat in the grey, rainy and cold weather. Besides it’s also very quick to make. This dish is especially good for girls who have poor circulation in the cold weather.

Here in Belgium it’s getting cold, stormy and rainy. What tastes better than a bowl of warm and spicy noodle soup? Sesame oil noodles are famous in Taiwan even though it’s a subtropical island where the winter is mild. Normally we visit Taiwan every year and our routine is to eat this dish in a famous all you can eat restaurant, Spring Vegetarian Restaurant, with my family.

Sesame oil noodles from the all you can eat restaurant
Sesame oil noodles from the all you can eat restaurant

My recipe is different than the one we eat in that restaurant as I add a lot mushrooms to it. That’s the reason why I like to cook at home as I can use better ingredients than those from the restaurant.

This sesame oil noodles contains a lot ginger which has some health benefits e.g. relieving nausea, easing the cold or flu, relieving pain, easing period pain, reducing inflammation, supporting cardiovascular health, lowering cancer risk. But if you are pregnant, it’s better not to consume this dish too much.

To choose good ginger for this dish will take some effort as sometimes ginger from the supermarket has no taste. I bought mine from the local Asian grocery store, where the ginger has slightly more flavour than the one from the normal shop, although I am still not completely satisfied with it. It’s said you should choose ‘aged gingers’. The expression in English “The older, the wiser.” If we translate it into Chinese it means “ginger gets spicier as it gets older” (薑是老的辣).

If it’s possible choose the black sesame oil. To be honest, here in Gent, Belgium I’ve never seen black sesame oil so I always brought some from Taiwan. Maybe it’s different in America. In fact, it also works well with white sesame oil or even normal plant oil. Please note that if you are pregnant, having a cold, or flu then you should avoid black sesame oil, as it will cause bleeding or worsening the symptoms.

Longan (龍眼) literally ‘dragon eyes’ is a kind of tropical fruit which is similar to lychee. In this recipe we use the dried ones which you can also find from the Asian shop. As we only need 10 grams for this dish, you can use the rest of longan together with jujube which is also called red dates (紅棗) to make tea. Cook them with water for about 5 – 10 minutes then it’s ready to drink. It’s also very suitable to drink in autumn and winter.

Goji berries belong to the list of superfoods and they are used very often in the Asian cousin. You can make tea together with longan and red dates. Or add some to your vegetables like stir fried morning glory or cabbages. It makes the dish colorful, and it also brings some more health benefits.

Above is the information that you need to know about making this recipe. For the rest it’s very easy and it won’t take you 30 minutes to make it. I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients: aged gingers 130 g sliced black sesame oil 50 ml Shiitake mushrooms 50 g sliced King oyster mushrooms 400 g chopped cooking rice wine 1 cup

water 2 cups longan 20 g goji berries 10 g salt Vermicelli

Step by Step

Add sesame oil to the wok pan. Sautee shiitake and ginger for about 3 minutes. Add king oyster mushrooms to the wok pan and stir fry for a couple of minutes more. Then add cooking rice wine and water to the frying pan. Stir the mushrooms a bit. Now add longan and goji berries. Turn the heat down to the medium. Add salt. Cover the frying pan and let it cook for about 10 – 15 minutes.

Now you can prepare the noodles. Just boil the water and put the noodles in then wait for about 5 minutes. Take the noodles out of the pot and put them in the bowl. Put the sesame oil soup on top of the noodles.

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