麻醬麵 Sesame Noodles (Taiwan Style)

麻醬麵 (ma jiang mian) Sesame Noodles are among the cheapest, if not the cheapest, noodle dish you can get in Taiwan. Cheap, but really good nonetheless. Taiwanese Sesame Noodles are a little different than the Sichuan style sesame noodles I more often come across in the US (most recipes call for using a base of peanut butter instead of sesame). The Sichuan style sesame noodles aren’t bad, but I want noodles that are reminiscent of those little roadside noodle shops that are so common in Taiwan. A good, simple recipe, for a rather unglamorous bowl of noodles with just the right sauce consistency and of course using only sesame sauce/paste.

These noodles are really simple to make and require very few ingredients, which probably explains why they are so inexpensive. There are only a couple of special ingredients you need to find to make an authentic flavor. Those two would be; Taiwanese sesame sauce/paste 芝麻醬 (zhi ma jiang) and black vinegar. Both of which can usually be found at a decent Chinese Market. As for noodles, I usually use dried udon or some other flat asian noodles, but most any asian wheat noodle works.

Recipe: 

  • 1/4 c. sesame paste
  • 1/4 c. hot water
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 2 T. black vinegar
  • 1 1/2 T. sugar
  • 2-4 cloves finely minced garlic
  • 1 t. finely minced fresh ginger root (optional)
  • chopped green onion and chopped red chili pepper for garnish *
  • noodles (x 4) (udon, soba, or whatever you like)

Method:

  1. In a bowl whisk together the sesame paste, hot water, soy sauce, black vinegar, sugar, minced garlic, and minced ginger root.
  2. Prepare 1 to 4 servings of flat noodles. Pour a portion of the sauce over each serving of noodles, garnish and serve.

* Note: You can also add shredded chicken, shredded omelette, shredded raw cucumber, and/or shredded carrot, as a garnish. 

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4 Responses to 麻醬麵 Sesame Noodles (Taiwan Style)

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  2. eddyod says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I used to eat this all the time in Taipei, but the picture above doesn’t look much like what I used to eat.

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