As a child in the early 1970s, I couldn't get enough of the cold peanut-sesame noodles I first tried at the famous Uncle Tai's Hunan Yuan restaurant in New York City. The dish is now one of Noah's favorites. I've found that kids adore its peanut butter goodness, while parents are pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to make.
Serves: 4 to 6
Hands-on Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Tahini and mirin can be found in the ethnic food section of many supermarkets.
Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Drain them, then rinse them in cold water until cooled. Transfer them to a large bowl.
Place all the sauce ingredients in a blender and pulse for a few seconds to combine them. Adjust the seasoning to taste, using more sugar for a sweeter dressing or more vinegar for a less oily one.
Combine the noodles and the sauce, then divide the noodles among four to six plates. Garnish each portion with the cucumber, sesame seeds, scallion, and cilantro.