Peanut Sesame Noodles

Of the few things I am always hungry for, are peanuts. Peanuts in anything makes it better for me.  My sweetest memory of peanuts is having them with my whole family on cold winter nights.  One particular evening I had a craving for peanut noodles and so I started looking for a recipe. I ended up with a mish mash of many things I read online depending on my taste and what was in my fridge. But, the good news is that once you have the sauce ready, you can either toss it in stir fried noodles with veggies or use it as a cold salad dressing. It is good in every way. I could honestly just drink it out of a cup. What makes you think I didn’t?

Feel free to play around with the recipe. It can’t go wrong when there’s peanuts involved. Let’s begin!

Ingredients:

For Peanut Sauce

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 inch piece of Ginger (crushed)
  • 5-6 Cloves of Garlic (crushed)
  • 1-2  Tsp Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 4 Tsp Roasted Peanuts (roughly crushed)
  • 1 Heaping Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Honey (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp Thai Chilli Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 Cup Water (Reserved from boiling noodles)

For Noodles:

  • 150 gms Veg Noodles or Egg Noodles (Boiled as instructed on packet)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Cup Chopped Spring Onions
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt to Taste
  • Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves

 Method:

Pour the olive oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan.

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Throw in the crushed ginger. I love lots of ginger.

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Crushed garlic goes in next.

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Some toasted sesame seeds.

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Roasted peanuts. This is obviously my favourite part. It gets better.

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Sneak in some creamy or crunchy peanut butter, whatever floats your boat. May I confess that I dip my soup sticks in peanut butter and they taste so good! Try it.

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A touch of honey for a hint of sweetness. If you like your food more spicy, you can skip honey. You can add it in the end, after you have finished making the sauce.

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Add some Thai chilli sauce. I am not a big fan of too much heat but you can add some chilli flakes if you like.

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And Soy Sauce. I absolutely love how the soy sauce gives such a deep and rich colour to the sauce.

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Add the lemon juice. It totally brightens up the sauce.

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Mix everything together and adjust the salt.

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Try very hard not to eat up all of this. You have been warned.

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Add a cup of water remaining from the boiled noodles.

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Simmer the sauce for 10-15 minutes till it becomes thick and coats the back of a wooden spatula. I found that simmering the sauce gave it a beautiful finish and texture.

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Heat some olive oil in a pan and throw in the bell peppers, spring onion and basil. Toss them around for just a few seconds. We want the veggies to stay nice and crunchy. So really just toss them for a few seconds.

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Add the noodles. Cook them as per your packet instruction and don’t forget to reserve some liquid for the sauce.

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Add the sauce. Look how lovely it is! It tastes divine. It truly does.

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I am actually craving for some of these noodles right now. Maybe I will make them once I finish writing about them.

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They are ready. Super delicious. My mouth is actually watering. Slurrp!

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Garnish with some more roasted peanuts and sesame seeds. One bite and you will be in peanut heaven. Stalk up on the ingredients because you will be making this again and again. Oh! I almost forgot, these taste good cold too. So you can eat them straight out of the fridge.

Happy cooking!

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Author:Yeshi

Hello...My name is Yeshi. I love cooking and baking.I started experimenting in the kitchen when I was 12 years old. As soon as mom would leave from home, I would quickly go into the kitchen and try to create something new. Through my blog, I would like to share my passion for cooking & baking, some original, some inspired and some classic recipes. I hope you like it.

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