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Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles Chinese Style

Perfect for Packing up Lunch for School or Work

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Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles Chinese Style

Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles featuring homemade garlic sesame dressing and pan-fried peanuts are appetizingly yummy and healthy. Garlic and roasted sesame seeds complement so well with cilantro and cucumber. It balanced the flavor and texture perfectly. The Chinese-style pan-fried peanuts are the highlight of this noodle salad. They are full of flavor, provide an appetizingly appealing reddish color and crunchy texture.

Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles Chinese Style

These Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles are perfect for packing up lunch for school or work. They are one of my go-to school lunch box ideas these days for my kids.

How to prep Garlic Sesame Noodles to pack lunch for the week?

Task No.1 is to make Chinese Style Pan Fried Peanuts which is the essential highlight of the Garlic Sesame Noodles

It is easier than you thought to cook these satisfyingly delicious pan-fried peanuts. We use just enough oil to cover peanuts and cook on medium heat for about 8 minutes. That’s it. See here a guided recipe here.

ingredients for vegan garlic sesame noodles Chinese Style
Ingredients for Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles Chinese Style

These yummy peanuts are also a must-have for the popular Sichuan Kung Pao Chicken.

Task No.2 is to make the Chinese Style Garlic Sesame Dressing

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.

See here for a detailed guided recipe. Store them in a glass container with a closed lid in the refrigerator.

garlic sesame dressing Chinese Style {for noodles or salad}
Garlic Sesame Dressing Chinese Style

Task No.3 is to cook noodles

Organic spaghetti works perfectly for this refreshingly tasty noodle salad. I would cook a package (about 1 pound) over the weekend for the entire week.

Super easy and effortless to cook dry pasta healthy and tasty. All you need is to boil a big stockpot {8 Qt) of water first, and then add dry pasta, immediately separate the pasta and simmer for 10 minutes.

See here for tips on how to cook dry pasta easy and delicious.

How to cook dry pasta easy healthy perfect
How to cook dry pasta easy, healthy, and tasty?

I also store the cooked spaghetti in a large glass container in the refrigerator.

Last but not least is to prepare cucumber and cilantro

Chinese style cucumber is best for this noodle salad. They have a dense structure but a tender & juicy taste. Cut cucumber at an angle into thin slices and then cut across again into thin julienne cut slices. Cut cilantro into small pieces.

Store them in glass containers also in the refrigerator. For cucumber and cilantro, for the best freshness, only prepare a max of 3 days’ worth of quantity.

cucumber, cilantro, pan fried peanuts, cooked noodles and garlic sesame dressing

Why It is best to store food in glass containers for food prep purpose?

Not only glass is one of the safest and healthiest materials for food storage, easy to clean using a dishwasher, but they also keep the food fresher longer.

It became apparent to me that bacteria develop much slower on the surface of glass vs. plastic. This way, I can keep food prep items fresh to use for the entire week.

How to pack up Garlic Sesame noodles for school or work in the morning?

In the morning, I would just mix the dressing with cooked spaghetti in a heated hard-anodized fry pan first.

Mixing Garlic Sesame Noodles in the Fry Pan

I then garnish the noodle salad with cucumber thin julienne slices, chopped cilantro, and pan-fried peanuts. I usually also pack a tiny dressing container. Just in case noodles become slightly dried out over time.

Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles Chinese Style

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 an important aspect. In situations such as the covid-19 era, kids do not have access to microwaves at school.

Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles Chinese Style

Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles Chinese Style Recipe

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles Chinese Style featuring homemade garlic sesame dressing and pan-fried peanuts are appetizingly yummy and healthy.



  • Turn the heat to medium-high and add about 1 lb cooked spaghetti into the pan and then pour in 4 tbsp homemade garlic sesame dressing in a circular motion.
    Pour homemade garlic sesame dressing over cooked noodles
  • Toss and mix well using a pair of bamboo spatulas for about 2 minutes.
    Mixing Garlic Sesame Noodles in the Fry Pan
  • Turn off the heat. Serve the noodles in a bowl and garnish with cucumber slices, chopped cilantro, and pan-fried peanuts.
    Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles Chinese Style


  • These Vegan Garlic Sesame Noodles are great for packing up a lunch for school or work. See the post for tips on how to prep over the weekend and pack up the lunch box in the morning.

Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 385Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 89mgCarbohydrates 72gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 13g

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

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