I was inspired to make this dish thanks to Five Ingredient Fix’s recipe for Chilled Peanut Soba Noodles. I changed a lot of elements to the preparation of this dish but it is still super easy and requires few ingredients. It has a Thai-flare to it so I thought it would be the perfect place to begin our Pan-Asian foodie adventure. As I said, no borders!
This spicy peanut sauce definitely helps me escape the February cold and takes me some place warm and beautiful.
You begin with a 1/4 cup of peanut butter, a 1/4 cup of rice vinegar and 1 tbsp of soy sauce (I recommend Tamari light) and a smidge of hot sauce. I used Sriracha and just a tiny bit because I am a wuss when it comes to heat but a little rocks.
See that little red dot? That is how much hot sauce I use.
When you first start whisking, it will look like this, awful I know! But keep whisking!
Soon it will get nice and creamy.
Just so you know, that is not enough noodles. The original recipe calls for 8 oz of noodles but I usually like more sauce than most people so I am always experimenting. Just a bit more than this would have been perfect. I used a high fibre spaghettini noodle instead of Soba noodle, they are more economical and help fill me up quickly so I do not eat too much of this dish which would be more than easy to do. I am a noodle fiend!
I like to strain the noodles, I do not rinse them and while they are hot, put them in the room temperature sauce and toss. Personally, I have had them cold like the original recipe prepares them and personally think that having them warm or at room temperature is the better way to go. I added some barbecued beef slices on top but I have made this with shrimp and chicken before so do as you please! I personally think the beef if the most tastiest version.
I want that bite right now! It is very rare that I make a dish twice in a lifetime. This dish? I make twice a week! I swear, I do. I love it. It is my perfect lunch because I can make it fast and with leftover protein from the night before. I must admit that lunch is the meal I miss the most often so I am very grateful for this recipe. For additional Thai flavouring you could add chopped peanuts, deep fried tofu, green onions…
If you follow me on Twitter or are a fan of my Facebook page, these are the spicy noodles I keep raving about! I hope you give them a shot, the sauce is perfectly balanced and if you can get just the right amount of heat and noodles, you will love these.
A delicious lunch ready in five minutes that takes me away from this cold reality gets my stamp of approval. Big time!