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Garlic Sesame Dressing Chinese Style

Dressing For Noodles or Salad

by Shirley
garlic sesame dressing Chinese Style {for noodles or salad}

Garlic Sesame Dressing Chinese Style featuring roasted sesame and minced garlic is so appetizingly tasty. The light soy sauce and Zhenjiang Vinegar, coupled with a tiny bit of sugar and salt complements the flavor and taste so well. Naturally delicious, and quick & easy to make. It is perfect for noodles or salad.

garlic sesame dressing Chinese Style {for noodles or salad}

This Garlic Sesame Dressing Chinese Style is a great idea for packing lunch for school or work

This is one of my go-to school lunch box ideas these days for my kids.

I would make the dressing in advance, store it in a glass bowl in the refrigerator. I would also cook some spaghetti in advance and store it in the refrigerator too. See here for tips on how to cook dry pasta easy and delicious.

In the morning, I would just mix the dressing with cooked spaghetti in a heated hard-anodized fry pan and then garnish with cucumber thin julienne slices, chopped cilantro, and pan-fried peanuts.

This is especially suitable for situations where heating devices such as microwaves are not available. You can eat the Noodle Salad at room temperature. This is important as during the covid-19, kids do not have access to microwaves at school.

Sesame Garlic Noodles
Sesame Garlic Noodles

How to make an easy and tasty Garlic Sesame Dressing?

Tip No.1 is to roast sesame seeds at home

Since roasted sesame doesn’t stay fresh for very long, it is best just to roast small batches at home and store them in an air-tight glass jar.

Get quality organic raw sesame seeds and store them in an airtight glass jar. At the time, roast a small quantity over the stove using a Wok in under 5 minutes. See here for more details.

While either black or white sesame seeds could work, from an eye-catching point of view, white sesame seeds are more popular to use in Chinese-style dressing. This is because traditional Chinese dressing relies on soy sauce and Zhenjiang vinegar as a dressing base, both are black. The white sesame seeds provide a beautiful contrast of color.

Roast Sesame Seeds {Easy Stovetop using a Wok}
Roast Sesame Seeds {Easy Stovetop using a Wok}

Tip No.2 is to mince garlic using a compact food processor

I use minced garlic often for all kinds of food. Mongolian Beef {P.F. Chang’s Style}, Stir-Fried Beef with Bitter Melon, Di San Xian {Stir Fried Eggplant with Garlic Sauce}, Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing, Sesame Butter Dipping Sauce for Hot Pot, you name it. A compact food processor became very handy to mince the garlic nicely.

Minced Garlic Using a Compact Food Processor
Minced Garlic Using a Compact Food Processor
garlic sesame dressing Chinese Style {for noodles or salad}

Garlic Sesame Dressing Chinese Style Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Garlic Sesame Dressing Chinese Style featuring roasted sesame and minced garlic is so appetizingly tasty. The light soy sauce and Zhenjiang Vinegar, coupled with a tiny bit of sugar and Sichuan chili powder complement the flavor and taste so well. Naturally delicious, and quick & easy to make. Perfect for noodles or salad.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp Zhenjiang vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt, Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/4 tsp cane sugar, organic unrefined preferred
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder, or to the taste
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp roasted white sesame seeds, add on the go

Instructions

  • Roast organic raw white sesame seeds in advance. Takes about 5 minutes using a Wok over a stove. See here for more details.
    Roasting Sesame Seeds Over Stovetop Using a Wok
  • Mince garlic using a compact food processor. Store in a small container in the refrigerator and use the rest in the following week.
    Minced Garlic Using a Compact Food Processor
  • In a small glass container, add light soy sauce, Zhenjiang vinegar, minced garlic, sugar, salt, chili powder, avocado oil, and sesame oil. Whisk well to blend evenly.
    Ingredients for Garlic Sesame Dressing Chinese Style
  • Close the lid and store it in the refrigerator to use in the next 2 weeks. When applying this dressing, sprinkle the sesame on the salad or noodles.
    Garlic Sesame Dressing Chinese Style

Notes

  • These 2-cup glass containers with lids are very handy to store dressing like this in the refrigerator.
  • This recipe is very mildly spicy. If you prefer a stronger spicy level, then use up to 1 tsp chili powder or to your taste.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1000mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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