Ginger-scallion Sesame Noodles With Quick-pickled Cucumber.

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Ginger-scallion sesame noodles with quick-pickled cucumber. (For anyone keeping score, that’s a fancy way of saying, ‘repurposed noodles from ramen packets with some sesame seeds and I needed to use some leftover cucumber before it turned’).
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I prepared this a lot in my early career/paying-my-way-through-grad-school days when the grocery budget was tight and I could still exist on carbs and the occasional vegetable (at times, I still long for those days).
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I’ve refined the ingredients a bit over the years, especially after reading Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, from which I picked up the best-practice of cooking dishes with the fats and spice varietals commonly available/used in a dish’s country or culture of origin. Isn’t that the most obvious thing in the world? Yes it is. But in years of cooking, it…never really occurred to me. Without realizing it, I had been depriving myself of an entire culinary sector.
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Applied here, this means swapping the olive oil for sesame oil and regular black pepper for Szechuan peppercorns. I even had some palm sugar and used that in place of brown sugar. This dish has always had some eastern-Asian flavors, which I hope were enhanced by subbing in more ingredients used in that region. I’ll continue searching for more opportunities to swap ingredients in my cooking.
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Anyway, to prepare this, you sauté some grated garlic and ginger, shallot, and whole peppercorns in sesame oil. Add some sliced scallions (the white parts) after its gotten fragrant. Boil some ramen noodles (the ones from the 45¢ packets) on the side, saving the spice packets for something else.
When they’re soft but not fully cooked, drain and add to the garlic mix. Add some palm sugar or brown sugar, some soy sauce, some mirin or rice vinegar, and stir to coat the noodles. Let the sauce reduce until it’s sticky and glossy and serve. Top with sesame seeds and the green scallion tops.
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