Wednesday, June 1st, 2022:
Big Queer Cold Noodles.

Sofrito Lovers,

Happy Queer Pride!  I change it from Gay to Queer in hopes that one day it'll be far more inclusive and open to everyone in the rainbow community.  Many believe that this month is about partying, protesting, and standing proud, but what would Pride be without food?

The answer is: Nothing!  Pride events, galas, and parades wouldn't be truly celebratory if we weren't enjoying some wonderful fare!  What do you spend the most money on at all the Pride festivals? Food.  What do you enjoy after a long night of drinking and cruising?  Food.  What do you enjoy the most at all the Pride gala fundraisers?  Food.  It's an indisputable fact and an inescapable reality.

In honor and affirmation of our foodie culture, I share with you all this recipe for Big Queer Cold Noodles from the Bon Appetit website.  I haven't prepared them yet, but I'm already salivating at the idea of delicious cold noodles in a tangy black vinegar with tahini-sounds fabulous!  Pairing that tangy mix with crunchy veggies promises to be a taste sensation-I'm so hungry!  I hope my finicky partner likes them!  Either way, cold noodles, here I come!

I'm over selling it; Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!

Big Queer Cold Noodles

Cold noodles are a necessity for summer eating, especially in Taiwan. You can find liang mian in food stands, 24/7 convenience stores, and home kitchens. It usually consists of thinly sliced fresh cucumbers, carrots, and egg ribbons nicely arranged on top of bouncy noodles, with a healthy scoop of sesame-vinegar sauce.

As a college student in Taiwan, I would often go to one particular hole-in-the-wall cold noodle shop for a late-night slurp after a long night of drinking. It wasn’t an explicitly queer establishment, but it was near the only lesbian bar in Taipei, and it provided a sense of queer community, which was rare in my daily life. This recipe is my tribute to the spaces in Taipei that host young queer folks like me, where I got to feel free and comfortable in my own skin while having affordable, delicious food.

In my attempt to re-create Taipei-style liang mian sauce with ingredients I can easily find in the States, I was able to make a version of the dish with peanut butter, Kong Yen black vinegar (or Worcestershire sauce), and a few other easily found pantry staples. Colorful summer produce and fresh ramen noodles tie it all together. These noodles have a special place in my heart and tummy, and it’s perfect for Pride parties all summer long.

This cool, refreshing dish is a perfect make-ahead candidate. Prep the sauce, cook the eggs, and slice your veg ahead of time, then boil and shock your noodles in ice water just before serving. —Jessie YuChen