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Simple, Savory, and Refreshing Peanut Butter Cold Noodles

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Brian loves food and enjoys exploring various cuisines. He is a keen experimenter in the kitchen and finds cooking therapeutic.

A protein-packed serving that is delicious and simple to make

A protein-packed serving that is delicious and simple to make

Going Nuts Over Peanut Butter

Are you a peanut butter fan who loves peanut butter on toasts, in smoothies, with oatmeal, and even in baked goods? These might be the usual combinations you are familiar with, which makes a great energy booster for breakfasts, lunch, or even simple snacking. What if I tell you that there is another way you can enjoy this delicious spread, integrating it into a savory dish that makes a good full meal to be enjoyed with the family?

Peanut butter is a staple item in my household and we can bulldoze through one big jar easily in just two weeks or less, between the five of us. It seems to be everyone’s all time versatile favorite in the family that we enjoy it so much, perhaps a little too much. We reach for the bottle of peanut butter almost every day and use it as a spread, a condiment, and on many occasions, on its own as a quick snack. So, out of curiosity and wanting to try something different, the missus decided one day that we will have peanut butter cold noodles for lunch and proceeded to prepare the meal. It requires surprisingly simple ingredients and did not take much cooking except for boiling of the noodles and eggs. The end result turned out delicious and it was indeed filling.

Let's Get Prepping!

The ingredients and method of preparation is quite straightforward and I decided to share it so that you may give it a go as well.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

12 min

27 min

Serves three to five people

Ingredients

  • 200gm Chinese noodles, (Great substitute- Korean Somyeon noodles)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 thumb ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter, (Any nut butter works fine too)

Condiments:

  • cucumber, julienned
  • half-boiled egg, halved
  • sesame seeds

Preparation Instructions

  1. Rinse the noodles and put it to boil in a pot filled up to half with water. Boil the noodles for three minutes on medium heat.
  2. While waiting for the noodles to cook, peel and mince the ginger and garlic.
  3. Once the noodles are soft enough to your liking, transfer it out from the pot and rinse under running cold water. You may also soak the noodles in a bowl of ice water for 30 seconds to stop the cooking process and to give the noodle a nice cool bite. Drain and place the noodles into a clean plate/ bowl.
  4. Next, get your eggs and put it into the same pot used to cook the noodles and allow it to boil for about nine minutes.
  5. While waiting for your eggs to boil, prepare your sauce. Combine the minced ginger, garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, and vinegar in a large bowl and stir well.
  6. Take a tablespoon of peanut butter and add into the bowl of sauce mixture and stir until the ingredients are well-combined and form a paste. Set the bowl aside.
  7. Get your cucumber and julienne it into thin strips and set aside.
  8. Retrieve your boiled eggs, peel the shell off, and slice it into half and set aside.
  9. Get your noodles and pour it into the bowl of peanut paste and mix well.
  10. Assemble the noodles on a separate plate and garnish it with the julienned cucumbers, hard-boiled egg, and sesame seeds.
  11. Serve and enjoy immediately!

Additional Serving Suggestions

1. You may add some chili oil into the sauce mixture for an extra kick.

2. For added protein boost, you can serve the noodles alongside baked salmon or grilled meats for a wholesome meal.

3. For those who prefer a slightly diluted sauce, you may add some lemon juice prior to mixing the peanut butter in.


For added protein boost, serve the noodles with a side of grilled salmon or even your favorite meats

For added protein boost, serve the noodles with a side of grilled salmon or even your favorite meats

Bon Appetit!

This way of enjoying peanut butter might come across as peculiar and unconventional to some of you. It was the same for me until I decided to give it a taste. Well, for the die-hard peanut butter fans, this might just be another new way to enjoy your favorite spread. Your palate will be assaulted by the myriad of lingering flavors, ranging from the sweetness of the peanut butter to the spicy kick from the minced ginger and garlic and also the savory hint from the soy sauce and tanginess of the vinegar. The texture of the cold springy noodles just goes very well with the tangy, sweet, and slightly spicy paste. This peanut butter cold noodle would definitely be a great dish to enjoy in the hot summer, topped with cucumbers for the refreshing crunch!

This simple dish has got just the right balance of carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and fat, which makes it a solid serving on its own. This dish alone has the right combination of food groups as prescribed by the food pyramid; the carbohydrates derived from the wheat noodles, fiber from the julienned cucumbers and minced ginger, protein from the peanut butter and egg, and lastly fats from the sesame oil. Apart from fulfilling the nutrient requirements, this dish can fill your belly and you do not need to spend hours preparing it. Give it a try and let me know how you find this dish.

© 2021 Brian

Comments

Brian (author) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on September 02, 2021:

You're most welcome, Pawan! Well, it is indeed yummy. I think you might like it if you try it ;)

Brian (author) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on September 02, 2021:

Thank you for the compliment, Mdm Param. Yes, the recipe is indeed simple; good for a quick meal and on days you don't feel like doing complicated preps in the kitchen.

Pawan Kumar from India on August 31, 2021:

Yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing :D

Sara Param from London on August 30, 2021:

Very nice recipe! I think people will find it easy to make. Well done.

Brian (author) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on August 30, 2021:

This recipe is indeed simple and easy to make, Peggy. Not too much hassle and the only cooking needed is to boil the noodles and eggs. Making the sauce was easy too! It tastes splendid and you're right to say that the different flavorings certainly make this dish delicious. The combination of ingredients complement each other quite well and yielded a complex flavor, kind of 'umami' tasting noodle.

Brian (author) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on August 30, 2021:

You're most welcome, Louise! Hope you enjoy making it and do share your review about the noodles if you like how it turns out ;)

Brian (author) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on August 30, 2021:

Hi, Liz! Yes, this is indeed an easy and tasty recipe.

I have not tried using peanut butter in stir fries though, but good to know that it works well to give the added flavor.

My wife's Chinese and she came up with this brilliant idea of making the peanut butter sauce for the noodle dish. Was skeptical initially, but it turned out great and the taste was bomb!

I guess peanut butter seems to make everything taste better.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 29, 2021:

This sounds simple, easy-to-make, and delicious with the different flavorings. Thanks!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on August 29, 2021:

I like the sound of this recipe. Thankyou, I'm going to try this.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 29, 2021:

This sounds like an easy and tasty recipe. I sometimes add peanut butter to Chinese stir fries to add another flavor to the sauce.

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