Oh hey New Yorkers… I’m taking on a recipe from one your favorite noodle bars.
Wes and I recently had the entire Momofuku experience thanks to Chinae a few weeks ago in New York. We started off at the Noodle bar, hopped on over to Milk to experience the raved about cereal milk ice cream, then had cocktails at a super-trendy bar owned by the same folks. The name slipped my mind and I’m currently too exhausted to do a google search to try and find it. My sincere apologies.
When Wes and I go to dinner, I like to have silent competitions over who picked the best meal. Wes clearly won this round with his choice of the Chilled Spicy Noodles. I was entirely jealous of his meal, but Wes kindly offered to share his with me. Thank goodness because I know he would have gotten tired of me giving him the “give me your dinner or face my wrath” stare all night.
That’s what true love is, in case you didn’t know. Sharing your meal with your fiance so she doesn’t whine all night.
Ok maybe not, but I do know that I am very fortunate to have someone willing to go “halfsies” with me on his meal even when he clearly has made the better choice.
So this week we set out to recreate the Chilled Spicy Noodles. I have to say, we got pretty close.
Sure I didn’t have the correct noodle (ramen) and I also did not have any of the Asian spicy sausage, but the spice was there, and flavor was on overload!
Originally I googled chilled spicy noodle recipes to try and find one that might be similar. At one point I actually thought I had one that worked, but then I made the sauce and realized it was complete crap.
Sorry to be so harsh, but I was pretty upset. It was a total waste of time and oil. I do not like having to pour sesame oil down the sink. Not cool. After that experience, I just decided to trust my own taste buds and make my own.
What I came up with was much, much better.
In all fairness though, I have only a vague memory of how the noodles tasted. So, if you are a Momofuku Chilled Spicy Noodle connoisseur, then this may not do it for you. But for the rest of us, who get to enjoy the dish only once or twice a year, then this should do the job!
And… Don’t forget to VOTE!!! I am trying to stay in the top five so I have the opportunity to compete at the World Food Championships. Mine is the Roasted Sweet Mangotato Salad. Yes, it sounds weird. Yes I have been living off of it. It is so good. You must make it. Well make it is you like mango’s and sweet potatoes, and a little bit of spice.
- 3 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp teriyaki sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp grape seed oil
- 1 tbsp sesame seed oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 heaping tsp fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp sriracha sauce
- ½ tsp salt
- 5 green onions, chopped (whites and green)
- 1 lb spicy ground sausage (we used turkey)
- Asian noodles of choice
- 1½ cups fresh spinach
- ½ cup honey roasted nuts (peanuts, almonds, cashews, you choose)
- Whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Refrigerate.
- Cook noodles according to package direction.
- Saute sausage on stove top until cooked.
- To assemble layer sausage, noodles, spinach. Top with nuts and pour dressing over top. Stir to combine. Refrigerate until noodles are chilled. Or eat hot and save some for leftovers to eat cold.