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Mar 6, 2014 06:22 PM

"Light sesame sauce" recipes?

Just had a great meal at Nothing but Noodles: a bowl of their Sesame Lo Mein with added shrimp (and no red peppers). Description says: "Lots of Lo Mein noodles in a light sesame sauce with mushrooms, red bell peppers, Napa cabbage and scallions. Garnished with black sesame seeds."

A search for "light sesame sauce" brought up all cold salad recipes. Anyone have a recipe that would be similar to the above? It was not at all spicy--I added a few drops of Sriracha.

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  1. I'm assuming it's a light amount of toasted sesame oil in the sauce. And that wouldn't be spicy. I'd call or drop by the restaurant and ask.

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    1. re: c oliver

      Since it's a chain, it's highly unlikely they would give away any information. That's why I'm asking here. I was hoping that people who have been there and tried the dish might be able to help.

      1. re: NotSoHot

        I'm going to disagree with you. Politely :) If you say something like "OMG, I just love that dish and would like to do something like it at home...blah, blah, blah." you might be surprised. What do you have to lose? The description is just too vague.

        1. re: c oliver

          But that's why I'm not asking you to help if you've never had it before.

          And I did try that at the last chain restaurant where I loved something and the manager told me that they couldn't give out any recipes--or even hints.

          1. re: NotSoHot

            Okey dokey. Guess I've had better success than you.

    2. It almost certainly contains sesame oil, but beyond that I couldn't make any real guesses without trying the dish myself or hearing a very detailed description.

      A sesame sauce might be nothing more than some aromatics and vegetables quickly sauteed in a bit of sesame oil (or a mixture of sesame oil and some neutral oil) and tossed with the noodles. Common additional flavorings could be soy sauce, rice wine, hoisin sauce, or lemon juice, though there are many other options.

      1. In my experience, the light sesame sauce has chicken stock in it, with soy sauce and sesame oil. Thickened with corn starch. This is typical chain restaurant sauce.

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        1. re: sedimental

          Thanks--that gives me a place to start.

        2. I've been toying with stir fry sauce for a while now. Finally pieced in some of what was missing by doing some research. often times these sauces will have oyster or fish sauce in them as well as Rice Cooking Wine or dry sherry. I invested in some oyster sauce and it was well worth it. Sounds gross, tastes amazing.

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          1. re: MyKitchenBroke

            Oyster sauce is one of those things that gives that elusive umami.

          2. I've made this a few times. Tossing in some stir fried protein and veggies makes a good meal!

            Pioneer Woman
            Simple Sesame Noodles


            12 ounces, fluid Thin Noodles, Cooked And Drained
            1/4 cup Soy Sauce
            2 Tablespoons Sugar
            4 cloves Garlic, Minced
            2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
            3 Tablespoons Pure Sesame Oil
            1/2 teaspoon Hot Chili Oil
            4 Tablespoons Canola Oil
            4 whole Green Onions, Sliced Thin

            Preparation Instructions

            Whisk all ingredients (except noodles and green onions) together in a bowl. Taste and adjust ingredients as needed.
            Pour sauce over warm noodles and toss to coat.
            Sprinkle with green onions and toss.
            Serve in a bowl with chopsticks. Yummy!

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            1. re: AngelaID

              Thanks for the recipe.

              Is hot chili oil Sriracha? In which case I would leave it out and just add a few drops at the table (I have reflux and have to learn to live without hot and spicy.)

              I might buy some oyster sauce and give that a try too.

              1. re: NotSoHot

                Hot chili oil isn't sriracha. It's what's in the glass jars on tables in Chinese restaurants. Generally it's quite spicy but you can temper it by using just the oil and not the chilis that have settled in the jar.

                1. re: c oliver

                  Moreover, chili oil doesn't have the vinegar, so the pH of the dish is not affected as it will with Sriracha. The reflux could be caused by the acid, so maybe chili oil would be better for you.

                2. re: NotSoHot

                  I can't find Hot Chili Oil up here (North Idaho) so I just crushed in some red pepper flakes.