Cold Sesame Noodles


October 3, 2023

Chinese Main Dishes Noodles Recipes

These Cold Sesame Noodles are perfect during the warm summer heat! They’re creamy, spicy, and so delicious with lots of sesame paste, chili oil, and a touch of Chinese black vinegar and sugar to balance it all out.

You can eat these sesame noodles hot or cold, but to be honest, I’ve always preferred them cold. They’re incredibly delicious and come together in about 10 minutes!

Watch the Cold Sesame Noodles Recipe Video Below!

Cold Sesame noodles plated in a bowl

Ingredients for Cold Sesame Noodles

This recipe only calls for a few ingredients to make delicious Cold Soba Noodles! Here is what you’ll need:

  • Dried noodles
  • Chinese Sesame Paste
  • Light Soy Sauce
  • Chinese Black Vinegar
  • Chili Oil
  • Water
  • Garlic
  • Reserved Noodle Cooking water

I always like to garnish mine with freshly chopped scallion, crushed peanuts and extra chili oil!

cold sesame noodles pulled with chopsticks

These are the wheat noodles I used – the brand is Wu-Mu and they are thin noodles that are perfect for soaking up this sauce. I found them at my local 99 ranch.

dried wheat noodles in packaging

Ingredient Tips


The photo above shows the exact type of wheat noodles I’m using. They are a taiwanese brand called Wu-Mu and they make these thin noodles that are perfect for this recipe. I found these at my local 99 ranch.

You can add as much or as little as you like here! I have a homemade version that I make all the time. You can find the recipe here.

I used Chinese Sesame Paste for this recipe but you can substitute with equal parts creamy peanut butter. The brand I used is below!

Yes, they’re different! Dark soy sauce is thicker, darker, and sweeter (as well as has a higher sodium content) than regular soy sauce. If you do not have dark soy sauce on hand, you can substitute with oyster sauce.

sesame paste in a jar

Cold Sesame Noodles: Recipe Instructions

To begin, take a bowl or jar and combine the sesame paste, light soy sauce, chinese black vinegar, sugar, chili oil, water, and grated garlic. Stir or shake until the sauce is combined and smooth!

sesame sauce ingredients in a jar

You can keep this in a jar for about a week in the refrigerator – perfect for making noodles in no time! Just make sure the jar is in an air tight container like this one.

spicy sesame sauce in a jar

Finally, boil your noodles according to package directions. Drain them then rinse under cold water to remove any excess starch and drain them well. If you want to eat this dish hot, you can skip this step.

rinsing noodles in a strainer


If you are eating Cold Sesame Noodles, it is imperative to stop the noodles from cooking once boiled, so run them under cold water or shock them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process! Otherwise, your noodles will continue to cook and then become mushy. If enjoying the noodles hot, simply mix them into the sauce

You can garnish your noodles with freshly chopped scallions, crushed peanuts and sliced cucumber!

cold sesame noodles pulled with chopsticks
Cold Sesame noodles plated in a bowl

Cold Sesame Noodles

by Chris Joe
These cold sesame noodles are spicy, delicious and so refreshing! They're a perfect comfort meal any time and come together in about 10 minutes!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 2


  • 8 oz dried noodles
  • 1/2 cup reserved noodle cooking water

Spicy Sesame Sauce

  • 1/4 cup chinese sesame paste
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chinese black vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp chili oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 3 cloves garlic grated


  • 2 scallions chopped
  • cucumber thinly sliced
  • crushed peanuts


  • In a bowl or jar, mix together sesame paste, light soy sauce, chinese black vinegar, sugar, chili oil, water and grated garlic. Mix until combined and the sauce is smooth.
  • Cook noodles according to package directions, reserving about 1/2 cup of noodle cooking water. If you want to enjoy this dish hot, transfer them directly to the sauce. If eating the dish cold, rinse under cold water and drain well.
  • Once the noodles are mixed with the sauce, use the reserved noodle cooking water to loosen the sauce as needed.
  • Garnish with scallions, sliced cucumber, and crushed peanuts!
Keyword chili oil, noodles, sesame, sesame paste
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