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Nov 3, 2013 02:32 PM

Cold Sesame Noodle Sauce in a Jar?

I'm looking for a commercial jar sauce that resembles the cold noodle sesame sauce, peanut based or garlic/ginger/soy. Either style

Everybody has a different idea about what is a good cold noodle sauce so I am willing to take a chance with the Blog’s picks for a commercial jar sauce that’s available on the shelves of stores that closely matches a restaurant style sauce,

(The Thai Hot Peanut sauce that’s fairly easy to find in jars is not really a sesame flavor sauce).

Is there such a commercial jar sauce? Any suggestions would be dearly appreciated.

Many thanks


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  1. I'm using this one right now by Brianna's:

    I started out looking for a commercial dressing that resembles the orange-ginger-soy dressing on salads in Japanese restaurants, but with NO sesame flavor (I love sesame but for this specific search I wanted one w/o sesame).

    Trader Joe's version ain't bad too and would prolly suit your application:

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    1. re: LotusRapper

      Thanks for the suggestions.
      I go to Trader Joe's every two weeks because they are pretty far away and if I don't call ahead to see if my items are in stock, often the trip is in vain. Can you recall the name of their sauce that are suggesting? Thanks...


      1. re: Joypebble

        Trader Joe's jarred peanut satay sauce might work for a cold peanut noodle salad. I think the bottled sesame soy ginger is too salty. They also have a refrigerated spicy peanut vinaigrette that might work.

        1. re: ohmyyum

          Thanks, again: I'll try the Satay.I tried the refrigerated spicy peanut vinaigrette and it's delicious for a salad but on cold noodles, the vinegar is too pronounced and sneaks up the back of the palate and takes over.


          1. re: Joypebble

            Not sure how accessible President's Choice products are south of the border (I know some stores carry 'em). But I just remembered their Memories of Szechwan (no pun intended) Spicy Peanut Satay Sauce is quite good, and I've used it often to make a peanuty sesame cold noodle salad. It's always been a crowd pleaser at potlucks and office luncheons:


            1. re: Joypebble

              Yes I like the refrigerated vinaigrette on a salad.
              I've not tried it myself but I've heard the satay sauce is quite sweet. It looks thick and creamy. I would probably add a dash of sriracha to temper the sweetness. Maybe a cube of Dorot frozen ginger (available at whole foods).

      2. I use Safeway brand Asian Toasted Sesame Marinade & Dressing on my cold noodle-based salads. I really enjoy the flavor. Not too strong, but holds its own.

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        1. re: boyzoma

          Sounds good but my nearest Safeway is 426 miles.

          Is this sauce possibly the same as Kraft's Asian Toasted Sesame Marinade & Dressing?


          1. re: Joypebble

            Very possibly, JP. I know I make my Asian salad with spaghetti noodles, cabbage, celery, green onion, julienned green/red peppers and top with the crispy chow mein noodles then use the dressing. Also put some sliced chicken on it. Just a really refreshing salad.

        2. fwiw,
          it might actually be easier and yield a better result for you to experiment making the sauce yourself.
          in my experience, sauces that have pronounced ginger and/or garlic flavors don't translate well into bottled/jarred/canned sauces because the ginger/garlic get horribly degraded by the jarring/canning/bottling process.

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          1. re: westsidegal

            I have noticed that your comment is true. Too bad a commercial sauce-maker couldn't make a frozen version of this sauce.
            Three minutes of "defrost" cycle and you're got a fresh non-preservative sauce.

            1. re: Joypebble

              That is any idea. Freeze them in package-size (maybe a bit larger than those McDonald ketchup packages) and then you can defrost the little packages.

          2. I make a very quick version that keeps well in the fridge for about 2 weeks- sorry but i have never measured.
            -A few big spoons creamy peanut butter
            -probably 2 TB toasted sesame oil
            -soy sauce, start with approx 2 TB
            Pour all into a bowl and whisk together, add juice of one whole lime, whisk until smooth. Taste as you go and add more sesame oil or soy, and chili oil or pepper flakes if you like

            Its almost exactly like what my local sesame noodle delivery is, and without the funky preservatives and stabalizers of some products out there

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            1. re: Ttrockwood

              Sounds like a good recipe !

              Just wanna say that in some applications, tahini works as well as sesame oil and allows you to reduce the amount of PB (pretty high on fats) required.