Cold Sesame Veggie Noodles

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    Cold sesame veggie noodles make a perfect lunch for hot days

    Since Thursday, my life has been a big CF. I don’t really wanna talk about but I do want to talk about Thursday morning when I went into WUSA9 (local tv station) to meet with the producer to talk about a cooking demo segment. It went the complete opposite way of what I had anticipated.

    Prior to my visit, I talked to the producer on the phone about what I was thinking and how I could do a cooking demo on my cinnamon sugar donuts. She mentioned how she wanted to do something that has to do with Labor Day so I thought I could do something with red, white, and blue sprinkles. She said “okay, well let’s talk more on Thursday then!” So I get there and the conversation turns from bad to worse. Guess what she said? She said, “How about we talk about Chinatown? You could talk about why you think the Asian population in DC Chinatown is getting pushed out and why there is a lack of Asian restaurants. You can also bring in Chinese food platters from various Chinese restaurants in the area and talk about your favorite dishes!” Needless to say, I’m not going on their noon news. I’m a food blogger, I’m not selling myself out for what would make their tv programming better. It was rude and offensive for her to just assume cause I’m Asian that I’d want to do something like that. Please check your facts & do some research (how about read my blog?) before calling me in and wasting my time.

    In light of Thursday’s events, I thought this dish would be PERFECT for the topic of ASIANS.

    Ok, time to let go.

    In all seriousness, I made this dish when it was blazing 100+ degrees outside. This is another one of my “cool down” dishes. My mom made this dish for us a lot when we were younger because of how easy it is and my brother and I loved the flavors and the fact that it was ice cold. You can throw in whatever you want as far as veggies go too. I used my OXO mandoline to thinly slice the veggies – you should get one, they’re awesome! (No, I’m not getting paid to say that)

    The next time it’s blazing hot outside, you should make this :) also, it uses oyster sauce, if you’ve never had it before, it’s one of my favorite Asian condiments. It doesn’t really taste like oysters. It’s like a soy sauce paste with a unique taste. It transforms noodle dishes.

    Cold Sesame Veggie Noodles

    My mom used to make these noodles for us as kids all the time!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 10 mins
    Total Time: 25 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 1/2 of a cucumber, sliced thinly
    • 2 carrots, sliced thinly
    • 1/2 pound bucatini pasta
    • Under 1/4 cup of oyster sauce
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • Scallions, to top


    • In a large pot, bring water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box.
    • In the meantime, slice your veggies and throw them in a large bowl to chill in the fridge.
    • When pasta is done, run it under cold water in a colander, you can even add ice to it to speed it up.
    • When pasta is cool, drain it of excess water and throw them in the large bowl where the veggies are.
    • Pour the oyster sauce and sesame oil on top and toss to coat everything.
    • Top with scallions and serve cold.


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  • Jenny @ BAKE says:

    That’s awful! I hope you told them where to shove it. This dish looks delicious!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

    Goodness…I’m so sorry you had to go through that. You are an incredible food blogger with SO many talents! They are the ones who completely missed out. Those cinnamon donuts would have been so fun!

    These noodles look absolutely delicious too! And oyster sauce is the BEST!!!

    Love to you! :)

  • DessertForTwo says:

    Julie: I’m SO proud of you for walking away from that one! I’m so tired of seeing bloggers sell out. And the racial thing? Totally inappropriate! Ugh. You’re way better than that!


  • Rachel says:

    WOW, how unbelievably offensive! Good for you for turning them down. This just affirms my decision to watch NBC over ABC! On another note, LOVE this recipe. Sesame noodles were my favorite Asian dish growing up (us Jews love our Chinese food, haha). Now I just have to find myself some oyster sauce so I can make this :)

  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama says:

    Good for you for not appearing on the show! That producer is clearly ignorant. Your Sesame noodles look mouth water and perfect for a summer supper! I just got a mandoline and am obsessed with it… now I have another excuse to use it!

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    I want these. This is kind of my favorite type of food. Totally pinning.

  • Kathryn says:

    So proud of you girl, you totally deserve recognition for your amazing blog and the fabulous recipes you create and not just because they’re looking to fulfil a quota or whatever. You’re the best (as this recipe just proves.)

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    I still can’t believe that crap. So annoying. But these veggie noodles look great! And you’ll get there, I promise :)

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    Julie, I’m so proud of you for taking the stand and telling that woman “no.”. That was ridiculously demeaning of her to assume such things and be so unprofessional. Biotch, please!
    This on the other hand – looks delightful, and i’d like it in my mouth.

  • Wow, that’s so rude. I’m sorry they wasted your time! You definitely made the right choice by turning the gig down. These noodles look amazing though! Especially right now because it’s so freakin’ hot!

  • Annika ( says:

    I love the layout of your blog and your pictures. This is my first visit on your website and I really like it!

    – Annika

  • Kristen M. says:

    What despicable behavior she displayed. Your blog is wonderful and refreshing and she was a fool to insult you. This only means something bigger and better is in store for you. These noodles look delish!!!

  • Cassie says:

    This is SO my kind of dish, and I love that it’s served cold. These flavors are the best. And so are you! So glad that you stood up for yourself, her actions were totally uncalled for!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    Julie! I am astonished. What an IGNORANT woman. Seriously, I can’t even believe that someone would have the audacity to be so assuming like that. I’m sorry it completely wasted your day. :( But on the bright side, this dish is EXACTLY what I need right now. After a weekend of a few too many beers and laughs and hot sun, all i’m craving is a nice cold plate of sesame noodles. I love them! And that short ingredient list! Can’t beat it!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    How rude! I’m sorry she was like that. But on a more positive note, this cold dish is amazing, and just what we need in this blazing hot weather! And I totally agree on the mandoline, everyone needs one!

  • Mackenzie @SusieFreakingHomemaker says:

    I am sorry to hear that things aren’t the best, but I am so proud that you walked away from the producer and the “opportunity” she thought she was providing. I hope everything turns around quickly!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    did you just abbreviate clusterf**k to CF? reason #42358 why i love you! for real, though, i’m so sorry about your experience with the tv station. it baffles me how many ignorant people are still out there in the world. good for you standing up for yourself + your blog!

  • Stephanie says:

    How unprofessional for a national television channel. I’m so glad you made the right decision with everyone backing you up.

    And of course, thanks for the recipe!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    Yeah, that’s kind of tow up of her.

    These noodles on the other hand, should be tow up in my mouth.

  • Oh sweeite, I am so sorry to hear about your experience. But can I say how awesome you are for standing up for yourself, saying NO, and then posting this pun/post amazing dish you grew up eating?!!!! I admire you for it, and all I can say is, GOOD JOB!

  • leslie says:

    OMG..How freaking ridiculous. I think I would have been sitting there with my north wide open in awe. I would have told her to shove it up her ass.

  • Cathy @ Noble Pig says:

    UGH! My “dream” job out of college as a journalism major was writing the 4:30 news for NBC in Los Angeles. I was their on location news writer chasing down fires, floods, car chases…always in a helicopter always in the “crazy”. And then after a few years I couldn’t stand the sensationalism and the bull crap that goes along with “the news”. It’s awful and her story line doesn’t surprise me one bit and it’s stupid and awful. It’s their loss, you would have been adorable with your sprinkles!!

  • Lynna says:

    Sorry that had to happen to you! Don`t even worry since better offers will come your way! :)

    & these noodles are a total win for the summer.

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    Julie, I’m so sorry. Some people can just be complete ass holes. And for some reason, “producers” seem to be more often afflicted with that condition.

    But, I love these noodles :)

  • Ashley says:

    I’ve looked at this post like 7 times now … I’m making these noodles!!

  • kathy says:

    way to complain about being stereotyped, and then turn around and post an asian recipe.

  • Linda says:

    Yay! I’ve been craving to make this cold noodle. How refreshing and perfect for 100+ degrees weather. I love the ‘fat’ texture of that noodles. Would it be appropriate to make some noise while eating them? :D

  • Transplant west says:

    Wheres the sesame?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Lol, good question. Forgot to write it in! It’s there now.

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