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Author Notes: My riff on the traditional Asian peanut noodles. I added bright vinegary veggies and fresh herbs to offset the richness of the sauce. The recipe seems a little complex, but the reward is an utterly addictive treat. Works as a vegetarian entree or as a great side dish for grilled chicken or shrimp —cheesypennies
For the peanut sauce
- 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 6 tablespoons soy sauce
- 6 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon hot chili oil or Sriracha sauce (or more if you like it spicier)
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor, and mix for several minutes until completely smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings...adding more vinegar, soy sauce, or pepper as needed.
For the accent sauce and assembly
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon mirin
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce or hot chili oil
- 1 pound spaghetti noodles, cooked, drained and rinsed in cool water
- 1 cup crispy veggies (mix and match julienned carrots/bell peppers/sugar snap peas/celery)
- 3 green onions, chopped
- a handful of fresh cilantro leaves
- finely chopped peanuts
- Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, mirin, ginger, garlic and hot sauce in a small bowl and set aside. This is your accent sauce.
- Toss the spaghetti noodles with enough peanut sauce to coat thoroughly. The noodles will absorb the sauce as they cool further, so don't be shy. Cool completely. You can keep the noodles in the fridge for a day or two before serving if you like. Reserve extra peanut sauce.
- Toss the crispy veggies with half of the accent sauce, and set aside for a few minutes or as long as an hour before serving. Keep chilled.
- To serve, toss the prepared noodles with the crispy veggies and the accent sauce they were in. Sprinkle the scallions and cilantro on top, along with crushed peanuts.. Have the extra peanut sauce and accent sauce available so people can season their noodles to taste.
- More info and photos at: http://cheesypennies.blogspot.com/2012/06/forget-it-jake-its-chinatown.html#sthash.ooCrdsAa.dpuf
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Noodles