Regardless of how warm it was today, here or where you were, we all have those days where the mere thought of turning on the stove makes you want to get another icy drink out. I've been realizing how much peanut sauce is a hot-weather staple for me recently: Fresh summer rolls dipped in it, drizzled over lettuce-wrapped rice (with or without anything else), or even just a bowl of veggies and a jar of peanut sauce.
zucchini noodles) and the piquant blend of greens I've been gradually thinning out of my garden. And ,just for good measure, an egg on top. Since discovering steam-cooked hard boiled eggs (a method which I can't recommend heartily enough), I've been putting them in all kinds of things. I'll let The Food Lab go into detail about the method, but by way of my recommendation, it is faster than other boil methods (since you only have to wait for ½" of water to come to a boil), and I have had an almost perfect peel record with it. The closest thing to an imperfect peel I've had since starting to use it is actually in the photos of this dish, and I'm pretty sure that one was my fault.
It's pretty good without the egg, too, though, and is totally vegan without it. If you're not eating eggs for whatever reason, the peanut sauce does provide a little protein, but I've also made and enjoyed this with crispy-fried bits of tempeh.
Peanut Noodles with Spring Greens2 servings
- 100 g soba noodles (one bunch)
- 1 cucumber or small summer squash/zucchini
- ¼ c. peanut sauce (see below)
- 2-3 c. mixed baby greens (1-2 good handfuls per serving)
- 2 eggs, boiled (or steamed!) to your preference (I like about 8 minutes here)
- optional but nice:
- scallion, sliced thin
- a few sprigs of cilantro
Once the noodles are cooked, make sure to run cool water through them until chilled. Toss the noodles and cucumber/squash in the sauce until well coated. Divide up into bowls and toss with a handful of greens, then top with an egg.
Peanut Saucevegan, gluten-free depending on your soy sauce
makes about 1 cup of sauce
- ¼ c. peanut butter (Mine is creamy, natural & salted. Yours will work too, but you might have to add more or less stuff)
- 1-2 Tblsp. sugar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
- ½-1 tsp. thick chili-garlic sauce like Sriracha or sambal oelek (or more, to taste)
- 2 Tblsp. soy sauce
- ¼- c. water