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Day 11, #30daysofGOODFOOD – Cold Noodles 66

2012/03/02

I found this recipe on my epicurious app and it’s a total winner! Semi time intensive for all the prep but can be done ahead of time and is great to bring to work for lunch! The flavors were amazing. [It’s called Noodles 66 – because it’s from a TriBeCa restuarant called 66] ;)

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Cold Noodles 66

Grocery List
1C light soy sauce
3/4C sugar
1/2C balsamic vinegar
1/2C unseasoned rice vinegar
1/2C dry sherry
1C packed fresh cilantro
1/2 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
1/2 TBS coriander seeds
1/2 red thai chile
4 coils bean threads
4C mung bean sprouts
4 TBS peanut sauce, divided
2 TBS sesame oil, divided
1 large Fuji apple, cut into matchsticks
1 cucumber-seeded, cut into matchsticks
5 green onions, chopped
1/3C chopped crystallized ginger
Thin apple slices, roasted salted peanuts, toasted sesame seeds

BROTH: the broth can be made a day ahead, chilled and brought back to room temp before serving. In a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat mix: soy sauce, sugar, balsamic and rice vinegar and sherry. Stirring until sugar is dissolved, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat, mix in cilantro, cinnamon, coriander, and chile. Let steep for 45 minutes, strain into bowl.

I thought it was easier and looked better to make in each individual dish, rather than mix everything together – so set out 4 shallow but medium to large size bowls. Cook the noodles according to the package, most bean threads either ask you to place in cold water and boil for 5 minutes, or to cover w/ boiling water and let sit for 10-15 minutes, just depends on the brand you get… In the meantime, fill each w/ 1/4C broth. Once noodles are ready, top broth w/ noodles, matchsticks, green onions, sprouts, 1 TBS peanut sauce each and 1/2 TBS sesame oil each. Divide ginger and garnish w/ apple slices, peanuts + sesame seeds.

If bringing to work for lunch, try to find the bean threads that just require being covered w/ hot water so you can make them fresh there, otherwise they may dry out a little and get hard…if you immediately store them in an air tight container they may be ok though. Keep broth separate and compile at work :)

mmmmmmmmmm

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