In college, I used to LOVE eating cold, leftover Chinese food, straight from the carton in the fridge (actually, I still love to do that). In fact, Chinese food is one of the very few leftover foods, originally served hot, that I enjoy eating cold.

My favorite is the chow mein noodles. And when cold, leftover Chinese food wasn’t an option, I often ordered cold noodle salads at my favorite Oriental restaurants. But now, being a Weight Watchers member and a mom trying to make healthy food to serve her family, I try to avoid fatty, high-calorie, high-sodium foods from restaurants. And instead, I try and create a healthier “knockoff” at home that is still incredibly tasty, but low in Weight Watchers Points and as healthy as I can get it.

My version of Oriental Cold Noodles turned out absolutely AMAZING. Seriously, I couldn’t stop eating it. It was so fresh, zesty, and tangy, and truly a real treat for just 6 Points per serving. This is now what I turn to for my cold noodle fix. Pair it with some miso soup for a delicious and complete meal.

cold oriental noodles

Oriental Cold Noodles Recipe

Calories231 kcal
Carbohydrates41 g
Fat3.5 g
Protein6 g
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes


Servings: 6
  • 9-10 oz soba noodles - 1 package
  • 1 large cucumber - diced
  • 1 cup carrots - diced
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • cup cilantro - finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ tsp sesame seeds
  • Juice from 1 lime


  • Cook soba noodles according to package directions. Drain, and rinse with cold water. Place in a large bowl. Toss in cilantro, cucumbers, and carrots, and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, lime juice, garlic, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, and sesame oil.
  • Pour dressing over noodles and toss to combine. Top with sesame seeds. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 1.5 hours.


Serving: 0.75 cupCalories: 231 kcal (12%)Carbohydrates: 41 g (14%)Protein: 6 g (12%)Fat: 3.5 g (5%)Fiber: 2.5 g (10%)
KeywordOriental Cold Noodles
Main IngredientVegetable Recipes
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  1. This is SUPER SPICY just so you know and I even cut the pepper flakes down to half. I did add a about a tablespoon of sweet Asian chili sauce which has a slight kick but this is still overall much less spicy than the original recipe is written. I took out the cilantro because I LOATH it and I instead chopped some green onion and set it on the side for those who want the extra layer of flavor. It works nicely here. I ended up adding a little more soy sauce and a touch more brown sugar. I did not add the extra sesame seeds. My mom, sister, niece and my two little girls probably won’t touch this due to the spice level but I thought it was decent. If there’s a next time I’d add some ginger as well. Oh — and I used lo mein noodles.

  2. I made these last night thinking I could make them warm for dinner and then just eat them cold afterward. They were not very good warm. Refreshing with the cucumber, but just a heads up to other folks that have the same idea in mind.

  3. helpful hint Reply

    Pretty spicy with the pepper, I would say tone it down and use less or take it out all together, the vinegar and garlic does a job on its own.

  4. The Cultural Attaché Reply

    I would use fresh chili instead of red pepper flakes for additional crunch.

  5. marthasimplenourishedliving Reply

    I love cold noodle salads and have bookmarked this to try soon.

  6. Kim | Making 40 Fantastic Reply

    So happy to have found your blog and looking forward to trying your recipes! This recipe looks like the perfect solution to a Chinese food craving. I’m adding this to the menu plan to serve as a side with grilled chicken. Looking forward to being a regular reader!

    • It’s okay to say Oriental when you’re talking about anything other than a person. Oriental rug, Oriental noodles, etc. Apparently it’s only offensive when it’s directed at a person. I am half Japanese and have no problem with people saying Oriental and my 100% Japanese mother does not mind it either. But I guess some do so if I’m talking about a person, I say Asian.

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