Sometimes, you just crave noodles. And some of those times, you crave gooey, peanut butter, sesame noodles.
Yesterday was that day.
I bought this huge package of soba noodles because it was on sale. And I’m talking like, massive bag. 3 pounds? 5? It was on sale!
Point is, it was delicious and I added broccoli because I was out of cucumber and I learned a couple things:
Andrew’s old stove is powerful.
Mushy broccoli is real gross.
I cooked the noodles around the time it suggested and dumped the broccoli to do some double duty. Too tender! Next time, less time for both, and more vegetables! Like, peas, edamame, lima beans? My nephew loves peas and peanut butter so why not combine it!
Maybe next time, I’ll also use freshly ground peanut butter. You know how you can grind them at the store? I think it’d prefer that because this was sweet. And honey instead of raw sugar!
Cold Sesame Noodles
Adapted from Appetite for China
4 bundles (~12.5 ounces) of soba noodles
2 carrots, peeled and julienned
2 scallions, chopped
2 cups broccoli (or more), chopped
5 Tablespoons peanut butter (freshly ground or smooth)
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil (or more, I read the directions wrong..)
3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons Siracha
2 Tablespoons honey (maybe less if using smooth peanut butter)
2 teaspoons garlic, super minced
2 teaspoons grated ginger
3 Tablespoons soba water
salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare the sauce in bowl by whisking all ingredients for sauce (peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, Siracha, honey, garlic, ginger). Taste and adjust the seasonings how you like, adding salt and pepper if you so choose!
- Cook the soba noodles according to the package. Add the broccoli in to lightly blanch. During the last couple of minutes of cooking, save half a cup of soba water. (Boil a pot of water, enough to submerge all the noodles and broccoli. Once it starts to boil, add the noodles and broccoli and lower the heat so it doesn’t overflow. Cook for around ~5-7 minutes, checking to see when al dente. Save half a cup of water and drain the noodles and broccoli. Rinse with cold water until cool and set to the side.)
- Take 3 tablespoons of the soba water and add into the sauce and whisk. In a large bowl, add the carrots, scallions, noodles, broccoli, and the sauce and toss.
Calories per serving: 324