Thai sesame noodles

Bring a different flavor to your table with this exotic blend of spices.

Stir Fry 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Stir Fry 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
2 teaspoons sesame seeds1 tablespoon sesame oil1 tablespoon vegetable oil9 medium size scallions, white and green parts minced separately9 garlic cloves, minced1 ½ tablespoons fresh ginger, minced½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to your taste)1 ½ cups chicken stock3 ½ tablespoons sugar3 tablespoons rice vinegar3 Tablespoons soy sauce2 Tablespoons sesame paste (tahini)1 pound linguini or spaghetti, cooked1 large cucumber, peeled, and thinly sliced2 carrots, shredded¼ cup cilantro, chopped
1. In a non-stick skillet, toast sesame seeds for 1-2 minutes, stirring often until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
2. Add oils and cook scallion whites, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes, and sauté 2-3 minutes until garlic is soft but not brown.
3. Add chicken stock, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and sesame paste. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly or until the tahini has dissolved.
4. Pour the sesame paste sauce over the pasta and toss to coat. Add carrots, cucumbers and cilantro.
5. Toss together and mound in the center of a serving platter. Sprinkle top with scallion greens. Serve at room temperature.