Cold Peanut Noodles
This cool noodle dish make a perfect warm-weather lunch or dinner.
“Natural” or unhydrogenated peanut butter is available in most supermarkets and all health food stores, It has the proper texture and flavor for this dish. For a more subtle flavor, substitute sesame butter (also known as tahini).
Total Timeunder 30 minutes
OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together
Recipe Coursemain course, side dish
Dietary Considerationegg-free, kosher, lactose-free, low cholesterol, tree nut free, vegetarian
Equipmentblender, food processor
Taste and Texturechewy, creamy, nutty, salty, savory, spiced, sweet, umami, winey
Type of Dishdry pasta
- 6 ounces Chinese ramen noodles or 8 ounces, vermicelli
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cucumber
- ½ cup smooth, “natural” peanut butter
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup white wine
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 small clove garlic
- 1-inch piece fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- Chopped scallion, for garnish
- Pasta pot
- Medium bowl
- Blender or food processor
Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. When the water starts to boil, add the pasta and cook the ramen noodles according to the package, directions, or the vermicelli until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse under cold water until cool. Shake the colander well to release as much water as possible, then add the vegetable oil to the noodles and toss gently.
While the water is corning to a boil and the pasta is cooking, peel the cucumber and cut it in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds with the tip of a spoon and cut the cucumber into ½-inch slices. Put the slices in a medium bowl, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
Blend the peanut butter, soy sauce, white wine, lemon juice, honey, garlic, and ginger in a blender on medium speed or in a food processor, until completely smooth. Set the mixture aside.
Transfer the noodles to a serving platter. Pour on the peanut sauce and toss gently. Garnish with the cucumber slices and chopped scallion. Serve immediately.
1993, 2007 Bob Sloan and Paul Hanson