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Cold Chilli Oil Noodles Extracted from Kung Food by Jon Kung (Ebury Press, £27). Photography by Johnny Miller.
November 2023
Reading time 2 Minutes

I don't remember when I first started eating cold noodles regularly, but before we got air conditioning, they were one of my favourite ways to keep cool in the kitchen

Chilling the noodles after cooking also gives them a delightfully bouncy bite. I prefer Shanxi planed noodles, which are not as broad but still thick and provide a satisfying chew. You can also use spaghetti-like Shanghai-style noodles for this.
  • 225g noodles
  • 2 tbsp Fragrant Chilli Oil or Chorizo Chilli Oil
  • 1 tsp Zhenjiang black vinegar
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 25g spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp toasted hulled sesame seeds
  • Optional toppings
  • pickled vegetables, chopped roasted peanuts, poached egg, gan lan cai (Chinese preserved olive vegetable), slivered cucumber, kohlrabi, pak choi

Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions and drain well. Fill a large bowl with ice and water and place the noodles in the ice bath to fully cool, then drain well again.

Transfer the noodles to a large bowl and add the chilli oil, vinegar and soy sauce. Add the spring onions and sesame seeds and use two spoons to toss and distribute the ingredients evenly. Serve with additional toppings alongside.

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