Monday, February 14, 2011

Spicy Peanut Noodles

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Happy Valentine's Day. I hope you're having a great time with your loved one(s) and spending money on expensive roses and gifts. I'm sure they're worth it(better get laid).

While most of the food blogs I've been reading are making chocolate and strawberries, I'd like to present you with this humble little dish of mine, Spicy Peanut Noodles. A little change from the sweet stuff, just in case anyone needs some good wholesome noodles or have already gotten sick of chocolate and strawberries.

Spicy Peanut Noodles remind me of the times I eat in Chinese Restaurants. They serve it chilled with crunchy cucumbers to balance out the sticky and nutty textures of the peanut sauce. Lucky me, I found a good recipe from foodandwine.com that gave a close similarity to the original version. I changed it a little, so it makes more sense. Give it a try, you'll be surprised.

Recipe
adapted from foodandwine.com
serves 6

1 pound frozen ramen noodles
1 medium cucumber, grated
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
2 sprigs of scallion, finely sliced
a dash of cayenne or japanese pepper

Dressing Ingredients
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar
6 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
One 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 large garlic clove

- Blitz all dressing ingredients in a blender and bring to simmer in a sauce pan. Once the garlic is cooked, about 3-5 mins, turn off the heat and let it cool.
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- Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil. Blanch noodles for 2-3 mins and strain. Immediately rinse noodles with cold tap water to stop the cooking.

- Toss noodles with cooled peanut mixture. Serve with peanuts, cucumber and scallions.

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