Peanut Noodle Salad

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Get ready to whip up a quick, scrumptious meal that’s sure to dazzle your taste buds – our Asian-Style Peanut Noodle Dish with Smoked Tofu. This dish is not just a feast for your senses; it’s also the fastest takeout-style dinner you can create in your own kitchen!

Side Close-up Shot of Asian-Style Peanut Noodles in a White Bowl

Imagine this: a bowl of perfectly cooked noodles, lavishly coated with a nutty, slightly spicy peanut sauce, and topped with the smoky charm of diced tofu. It’s a fusion that speaks volumes in every bite!

How to Make Asian-Style Peanut Noodles with Smoked Tofu?

This dish is delightfully simple to make, with just a few key components: noodles, peanut sauce, and an array of fresh, crunchy vegetables.

  • Cook the Noodles: Choose your favorite – soba, spaghetti, or even ramen noodles. Cook them as per the package instructions.
  • Whisk the Peanut Sauce: Combine smooth peanut butter with soy sauce, sesame oil, a touch of Sri racha, and brown sugar. This creates a rich, flavorful base that’s irresistibly good.
  • Combine and Toss: Once your noodles are ready, toss them generously in the peanut sauce, ensuring each strand is beautifully coated.
  • Add the Freshness: Throw in julienned cucumber, bell pepper, carrot, and thinly sliced spring onion to introduce a refreshing crunch.
  • Top it Off: Finish with diced smoked tofu, a sprinkle of sesame seeds, and a drizzle of chili oil for that extra kick.
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Overhead Shot of Ingredients for Asian-Style Peanut Sauce

Crafting the Perfect Asian Peanut Sauce

This sauce is the heart of the dish. You’ll need low-sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, your choice of vinegar (rice or apple cider works great), Sri racha for a bit of heat, sesame oil for that nutty aroma, and smooth peanut butter. Whisk these together, and you’ve got a sauce that’s ready to transform any noodle dish into a gourmet experience. Feel free to make it ahead and store it in the fridge – just give it a good shake before using!

Side Shot of a White Bowl Filled with Peanut Noodles, Ready to be Enjoyed with Chopsticks

What Noodles to Choose?

The beauty of this dish lies in its versatility. Soba noodles are my go-to for an authentic touch, but feel free to use what’s available – spaghetti, fettuccine, or even ramen noodles are excellent choices. Just cook them as per the instructions, and you’re all set to toss them in that luscious peanut sauce.

So, there you have it – a delicious, quick, and easy Asian-Style Peanut Noodle Dish with Smoked Tofu that’s bound to become a new favorite in your home. It’s the perfect blend of flavors and textures, ready in a flash, and absolutely delightful. Give it a try and watch it become a regular in your meal rotation!

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Peanut Noodle Salad

This Peanut Noodle Salad is a fusion of flavors, featuring a rich, nutty peanut sauce combined with perfectly cooked noodles and topped with smoked tofu. It’s a quick, delicious meal that brings the essence of Asian cuisine to your kitchen.
Servings 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 16 minutes

Equipment

  • Cooking Pot for boiling noodles
  • Mixing bowl for preparing the peanut sauce
  • Whisk or spoon for mixing the sauce
  • Cutting board and knife for preparing vegetables
  • Large bowl for tossing the noodles and sauce

Ingredients
  

For the Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter about 80 g
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce 60 ml
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Sri racha
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tbsp noodle water

For the Noodles:

  • 8 oz noodles 225 g (I used soba)

Vegetables:

  • 1 cucumber julienned
  • 1 spring onion thinly sliced
  • 1 bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot julienned

Toppings:

  • smoked tofu Diced
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chili oil
  • Fried dumplings optional

Prepare the Vegetables:

  • Julienne the cucumber carrot, and bell pepper. Thinly slice the spring onion.

Instructions
 

Prepare the Peanut Sauce:

  • In a bowl, whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, Sri racha, rice vinegar, minced garlic, and ground ginger until smooth.
  • Once the noodles are cooked, add 3 tablespoons of noodle water to the sauce to thin it. Adjust the consistency to your liking.

Cook the Noodles:

  • Cook the soba noodles according to package instructions. Be sure to save some of the noodle water for the sauce.
  • Once cooked, rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process and set aside.

Assemble the Salad:

  • In a large bowl, toss the cooled noodles & vegetables with the peanut sauce until evenly coated.

Add the Toppings:

  • Top the salad with diced smoked tofu, a sprinkle of sesame seeds, and a drizzle of chili oil for extra heat if desired.

Serve:

  • Serve the salad in bowls. If you’re including fried dumplings, place them on the side or on top of the salad.
  • Enjoy!
  • This dish is perfect as a light lunch or a side dish for dinner. It’s packed with flavor and offers a wonderful balance of textures.

Notes

  • Noodle Choice: Soba noodles offer an authentic experience, but spaghetti, fettuccine, or ramen can be great substitutes.
  • Peanut Sauce Adjustments: Adjust the Sri racha and brown sugar in the peanut sauce to cater to your preferred level of spice and sweetness.
  • Vegetable Variations: Feel free to substitute or add other vegetables like spinach, snap peas, or mushrooms.
  • Make-Ahead: The peanut sauce can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve hot or cold. Great as a standalone dish or paired with side dishes like spring rolls or a light salad.
  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently or enjoy cold.
Calories: 350kcal
Cost: $10
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Asian-style noodles, easy noodle recipes, Healthy Tofu Recipes, peanut sauce, quick Asian meals, smoked tofu, tofu recipes, vegetarian dishes
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