Monday, January 28, 2013

Spicy Thai-Inspired Man-Noodles

Spicy Thai-Inspired Man-Noodles

Sometimes I cook in a kitchen other than my own...with only the ingredients I have on hand...with scant equipment. This recipe originated in one such kitchen owned by 4 men thus the playful name Spicy Thai-Inspired  Man-Noodles. No men were harmed in the making of this dish.

Be forewarned, in traditional man-kitchen style, I did not measure anything for this recipe. Everything is an estimate and all ingredients are based on things I had on hand. Feel free to take liberty with this dish. This is how I cook 90% of the time.

Spicy Thai-Inspired Man-Noodles 

1 package whole wheat linguini noodles
1 large handful of snow peas
1 bunch of cilantro
1 bunch of green onions/scallions
1/2C Peanut butter
1/2C Water
6T Hot Sauce
1t Soy Sauce
1T oil

Boil noodles according instructions on package.

Dice the bunch of green onions, and cop the cilantro. I added about this much cilantro which was slightly less than a bunch.
 In a saucepan, add 1T oil, snow peas, and green onions. Saute over high heat for about 5 minutes until the snow peas are tender crisp.

Why a sauce pan? It's what I had on hand. You can be all un-man-like and use a skillet if you prefer.
 Since I only had 2 pots, I scooped the snow pea and onion mixture into a bowl and re-used the same pot to make the sauce.

Next, the sauce: Add approximately 1/2C peanut butter, 1t soy sauce, and 1/2C water to saucepan over medium heat. Next, I added about 6T of hot sauce. This is the part where you should add hot sauce to taste. Stir until your sauce begins to bubble and looks about like this:
Mmmmm. Sauce.
 Add veggies and sauce to noodles, stir, top with cilantro and chow down!

What brands did I use?
Kroger creamy peanut butter, Frank's RedHot Wings Sauce, and a packet of soy sauce swiped from the grocery store sushi counter.

Why didn't I measure anything? 
This was the one and only measuring device in the man-kitchen.

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