Recipe Find: Close find for cold Asian noodles

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Today's recipe for M.L. may not be the exact recipe she's looking for, but it's close.

She wrote, “I have misplaced a favorite recipe. The name is Cold Noodles or Cold Chinese Noodles.

“The noodles are cooked (separating as they cook) until tender, (then drained) and put in a bowl with (a) small amount of peanut oil (I think). Then stir to coat.

“Mix red wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, some dry seasonings (I'm not sure of what kind or how much) and perhaps sesame seed. Mix into the noodles.

“Place in refrigerator overnight to blend flavors.

“These are served cold, can be used as is or with shredded lettuce, green onions, shredded carrots, and chopped chicken as a salad.

“This makes a rather large amount since you use the Chinese noodles.

“I think I clipped this from the newspaper some time ago so perhaps you can find it, at least I hope so.”

I did a search of our newspaper files and found a recipe for Cold Noodles that uses most of the ingredients she recalled. We published the recipe in 1998 in an article by Sylvia Rector on Mark Bittman's new cookbook, “How to Cook Everything.”

We had many recipes for Asian style noodle salads in our file, but this was the only one that was called Cold Noodles and used wine vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil.

Although the recipe doesn't call for it, certainly chopped cooked chicken could be added to the noodles.

In the article, the cookbook author and self-taught cook said he's “just not interested in fancy. I've always been interested in good and simple ... I cook things in order to eat them, and to feed my family.”

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Recipe Find appears Sundays in Taste. If you are looking for a lost recipe or have a favorite recipe to share, let us hear from you. Email kharam@express-news.net or write Recipe Find, San Antonio Express-News, P.O. Box 2171, San Antonio, TX 78297-2171. Recipe requests will be answered in this column only; due to time limitations, no personal replies can be given.