This 10-minute sesame noodles recipe also known as ma Jiang Mian is a traditional dish in Shanghai.

So, What Makes These Noodles Different?

These noodles are distinguished by a number of outstanding features:

  • The pork chops are fried in the same oil as the sesame sauce is made.
  • Whereas most recipes just call for sesame paste, they utilize a combination of peanut butter and sesame paste.
  • The remaining sauce from braising the pork and beef is utilized to thicken the sesame sauce rather than water.
  • Their spicy meat sauce noodles, la rou mian, are made with chili oil from the same sauce.
  • Since many of the dish’s most important ingredients have a great, meaty umami flavor, it’s little wonder this amazing bowl of noodles continues reappearing in my dreams, even though it’s really just a plain, vegetarian bowl of noodles. I’ve thought about how to boil down all these components into one easy dish, but it’s too much of a hassle.

In its place, I’ve compiled a solid foundational recipe for sesame noodles; if you’ve ever made our braised beef (or have leftover sauce in the freezer) or are currently cooking pork chops or ribs, you already know the secret components, you’ll need to make this simple bowl of noodles truly excellent! It’s imperative to remember to adjust the salt levels correctly.

This simple sesame noodle dish just requires the time it takes to boil the noodles, so I’ve dubbed it “10 minutes.” The sesame sauce can be swiftly prepared while the water is coming to a boil for the noodles. Once the noodles are done cooking, you can toss them with the sauce and some toppings.


  • 4 oz. fresh wheat noodles
  • 1 chopped scallion
  • 5 tablespoons of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • ½ tablespoon of sesame paste
  • 1-2 teaspoons of rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of sugar
  • Chili oil


  1. Noodles should be prepared in accordance with package directions.
  2. The sauce can be made while the noodles are cooking by combining sesame paste, light soy sauce, rice vinegar (optional), peanut butter, vegetable oil, sugar, and water.
  3. Combine all the ingredients by stirring in one direction until uniform paste forms.
  4. After the noodles have finished cooking, rinse them and combine them with the sauce, scallions, and chili oil (if desired). The noodles should be stirred while still hot for optimal results.
  5. Serve the delicious 10-Minute Sesame Noodles Recipe!
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