Chefs' Recipes

Shanghai-style chilled noodles

This sweet-and-sour noodle dish might look simple, but it packs a flavour punch.
Shanghai-style chilled noodlesBen Dearnley
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“This tangy cold noodle dish is sold in most convenience stores and street stalls throughout Shanghai. The noodles are tossed with nothing more than soy sauce and Chinkiang vinegar, and are usually topped with shredded cucumber and spring onions,” says Tan. “It has been my go-to dish whenever I fancy something light and delicious. It’s particularly great on a warm spring day, with some doubanjiang (chilli bean paste) for an added spicy kick. For a more substantial meal, add peas, broad beans or poached chicken, and plenty of fresh herbs.”


Shanghai noodle dressing


1.For Shanghai noodle dressing, whisk ingredients in a bowl until smooth.
2.Drop noodles into a large saucepan of boiling water and stir to separate. Boil until just tender or until cooked to your liking (2-5 minutes). Rinse under cold water and drain thoroughly. If you’re not eating noodles immediately, toss in a little vegetable oil.
3.Place noodles in a large bowl and toss with dressing, cucumber, spring onion, ginger and sesame seeds. Serve sprinkled with extra sesame seeds.

Note: Doubanjian, or toban djan, is a chilli bean sauce made from fermented broad beans or soy beans. Depending on the brand, it can be very salty so use it sparingly. It’s wonderfully versatile and it keeps almost indefinitely in the refrigerator. Doubanjian, and Chinese roasted sesame paste are available from Asian grocers. Beer suggestion: Cold lager. Drink suggestion by Max Allen.


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