- 12 oz Spaghettidried or wheat noodles
- 3 ½ tbsp Soy saucelight
- 3 ½ tbsp Rice vinegarShanghai or seasoned/regular rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp Chili oil75% oil, 25% flakes, or to taste
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- ½ to 1 tsp Sichuan peppercornspowder
- ¾ tsp Sesame oil
- ½ tsp Soy saucedark
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp MSGor mushroom powder, optional
- 1 clove Garlicvery finely minced
- ⅓ to ½ cup Waternoodle cooking
- 1 Scallionschopped
- 1 Cucumbersmall, julienned, optional; about 6 oz/170 g
Sour Spicy Cold Noodles
Make your favorite takeout Sour Spicy Cold Noodles at home with this easy recipe. The only thing I love more than the concoction of spicy and sour sauce on a tangle of chewy noodles is how I make it in the summer: adding refreshing cucumber. Did you know you can use spaghetti instead of wheat noodles for Asian dishes? Just make sure you cook your spaghetti al dente, then drain them and rinse with cold water.
This easy recipe is ready and on the table in about 20 minutes, making it a great option for those busy weeknights. The secret to making this dish so flavorful is the addition of Sichuan pepper powder to the sauce. There’s also a touch of MSG, aka monosodium glutamate, which you can buy in Asian food stores and even supermarkets. But if you’d rather leave it out, you can, or sub with mushroom powder, which is optional, too.
To make the Sour Spicy Cold Noodles, you will need the following ingredients:
Steps to make Sour Spicy Cold Noodles
Prepare sour spicy sauce
In the meantime, add 3 ½ tablespoons light soy sauce 3 ½ tablespoons Shanghai rice vinegar or seasoned/regular rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon chili oil (or to taste), 1 tablespoon sugar, ½ to 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn powder, ¾ teaspoon sesame oil, ½ teaspoon dark soy sauce, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon MSG (or mushroom powder, if using), 1 finely minced clove garlic to a serving bowl.