Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thai Peanut Noodles

I'm not sure how "Thai" this is. It's my first attempt at cooking with these flavours, which are commonly found in Thai cooking. I adapted this recipe from a few, including one in Nigella Lawson's latest book - Nigella Express. Anyway, this turned out great and I'll be making it again. It'll be especially nice in the summer when I'm avoiding the stove.

Dressing:
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp peanut butter - I used all natural
Juice of one lime
Few dashes of hot sauce - optional

Salad:
1 package pre-cooked noodles e.g. chow mein
2 handfuls blanched snow peas*
Half of one red pepper, seeded and cut into short, thin strips
4 green onions, chopped
2 handfuls of bean sprouts, carefully washed

1. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a large bowl.
2. Add the salad ingredients.
3. Mix well.

Notes for next time:
-Try other vegetables, like maybe blanched green beans
-Top with crushed peanuts or maybe toasted sesame seeds
-Add a little honey to the dressing

*Blanching - immerse in boiling water just until the vegetables colour and strain under a cold running tap

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