Cold Noodle Salad with a Spicy Peanut Sauce
I live in New Hampshire, and there is this amazing Chinese restaurant called Li Yuen's near my house that makes these perfect little noodle salads that you can get to go, to bring for lunch, take to the beach, or on a picnic. I love them, they are the perfect portion size, have crunchy slivers of raw veggies and come with a dressing of delicious peanut sauce. I decided I would learn how to make this salad so that I would never have to go without!
For the salad:
1 6 ounce package of Soba noodles, cooked
1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks
1 celery stick, cut into matchsticks
Handful of mung sprouts
2 tbsp sesame oil
For the sauce:
2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 chopped scallions
1 chopped garlic clove
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 white vinegar
3 tbsp brown sugar
Red pepper flakes to taste
Combine all of the salad ingredients, tossing well with the sesame oil. For the dressing, heat the oil in a saucepan and cook the scallions, garlic and ginger for about a minute. Next, add the rest of the ingredients and cook until it comes to a simmer, stirring well. Remove from heat once incorporated, and allow to cool. You may have too much sauce but I feel like that's a good problem to have.
Serve the noodle salad either cold or at room temperature, with a big dollop of the spicy peanut sauce stirred into it. Enjoy!
What's your favorite food to take along when you're on the go?