You can eat this entirely on its own and vary up the toppings...perhaps a bit of fried tofu or thinly sliced carrot? Add a bit of meat with some leftover shredded roast chicken? Shredded roast duck? Thinly sliced egg omelette? The options are endless!
For the sauce, you only need a dessert spoon and a bowl (or jug) and a few household ingredients. As you can tell I'm still living on a Japanese food high, hence my reach out for noodles of the Soba variety. The brand I used however was a Korean brand and you can find good Soba noodles in the international aisle of the supermarket or just your local Asian supermarket. I haven't tried this with Almond butter or other 'healthier' nut butters yet, but I'm sure this will work just as well with those.
Here's the recipe:
A Quick Peanutty Soba Noodle recipe
- 1.5 Dessert spoon Organic 100% Crunchy Peanut Butter (no salt, no sugar, nothing but 100% peanuts)
- 1 Dessert spoon Light Soy Sauce
- 4-5 drops of Sesame Oil
- 4-5+ Tablespoons of Boiled Water
- 1.5 bunch of Soba Noodles
- 1 stalk of Green Onion (also called shallot), finely sliced
- 1/2 deseeded Red Chilli, finely sliced
- 1/2 Cucumber, finely sliced (I just used the mandolin on 'julienne' setting)
- Toasted Sesame Seeds / Japanese Goma mix for sprinkling
- Serves 2 peeps for lunch or 1 very hungry individual for dinner
- Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Once the water is bubbling away, place your 1.5 bunch of Soba noodles and let this bubble away for 4 minutes
- Once 4 minutes is up, drain the noodles in a sieve and rinse quickly with cold water (to stop the noodles from cooking), place your noodles in a bowl and set aside (ensure your noodles aren't stone cold as you want slight warmth for the sauce to adhere and toss well through the noodles...slightly warm is fine!)
- For the sauce, in a jug or bowl, whisk together your Peanut Butter, Light Soy, Sesame oil and boiled water. Depending on how thick your Peanut Butter is, continue to add more boiled water so that your mixture becomes a nice salad dressing type of consistency
- Pour the peanutty sauce over your bowl of Soba and using tongs, toss the sauce through.
- Place the peanutty noodles on a large plate and top with the cucumber, chilli, green onion and then sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds / Japanese Goma mix on top.
I used to love chilli SO MUCH as a teenager but over the years, my taste buds have gotten a lot wussier and therefore my tolerance is kinda average. So having the cucumber on top of the chilli is a great mix of cool against the heat. Note, this plate of noodles is served cold, so it's perfect for the warmer months. But it's pretty versatile in that you can eat the noodles warm as well.