Asian Cold Noodle Salad

Asian Cold Noodle Salad
(Courtesy: Yuhong Sun)


1 lb spaghetti or dry noodle

2 tbsp olive oil

1 cucumber

1 green onion, thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced (3 tsp)

1” knob fresh ginger, minced (1 tbsp)

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp dark (Chinese) vinegar

2 tbsp chili sauce

Pinch of salt


Cook noodles according to package directions and drain. Stir in olive oil. Allow to cool or chill in the refrigerator.

Peel the cucumber and cut it into 2” matchsticks.

In a small bowl, combine green onion, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, vinegar, chili sauce and salt.

Assemble salads by placing 1 cup of cold noodle in a bowl. Top with cucumbers and 1-2 tbsp sauce. Serve immediately.


8 servings, 275 calories per serving

Hack: Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.

Hack: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it! Simply place it in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.

Hack:  For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!



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12 Replies to “Asian Cold Noodle Salad”

  1. I will definitely try this recipe! I am a Filipina and we love Asian food! My husband and I always go to our favorite chinese/japanese restaurant to eat sushi and other asian foods once a month. And our 3 year old loves the food, too. We went to the restaurant last week and he just kept on saying “hmmm delicious”!

    Thank you for sharing this.

    1. I love Asian food as well and I’m surprised at how easy it is to make at home.  Although I do feature many of Yuhong’s videos on my website, if you subscribe to her YouTube channel, you’ll get to see them as soon as they get posted!  Please let me know which ones you decide to try.

  2. Thank you for your post. I heard about cold noodle salad and really want to give it a try, but I never take time to do the research. Here comes your article, which contains all I need to make such dish. It is so nice that you include the detailed recipes in the post. I just had a check and have all materials to make the cold noodle salad. Weekend is coming and I am going to make it this Saturday.

  3. I love pasta; but, I have never thought about serving it cold. This recipe sounds interesting since it has a lot of the things I like (pasta, onions, garlic, etc.). It seems relatively simple to make. I have one question though. One of the instructions is to “Peel the cucumber and cut into 2″ MATCHSTICKS [emphasis mine]”. Maybe I haven’t been exposed to enough recipes, but what, in this case, is a matchstick?

    1. Cut the cucumber into 2″ lengths and then cut those pieces lengthwise into thin strips so they resemble matchsticks, although they don’t necessarily have to be as thin as a matchstick.  I hope this answers your question!

  4. I love all the ingredients and sounds yummy!  I’m going to print out and give this a try.  I’m wondering if you have the nutritional facts for this?  I actually have all the ingredients in my cupboards 🙂  I like to make gyoza with my own sauce which used quite a few of the ingredients.  Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hello Cynthia! Oh wow, this looks pretty tasty! It does feel a bit similar to what I eat quite often at home, perhaps every other week so, to the vermicelli cold noodle dish which is quite common in the Vietnamese and Cambodian culture. It happens to be one of my favorite dishes. But, I wouldn’t know how they compare unless I actually try to make it! I will try to make this one day too. Thanks for this!

    1. This recipe (and the video) is from my sister-in-law, who grew up in Southwest China.  Please let me know how it compares to the Vietnamese and Cambodian versions!

  6. Hi Cynthia
    Thanks for sharing your recipe of Asian Cold Noodle Salad. That was really very easy to cook, simple and nutritious cold salad. I am going to try it in my upcoming weekend family party. I also loved the heck of grating frozen ginger – it was fun to do it with so easiness. Please keep sharing such useful tips.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

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