cravings caused this January 13, 2010


This post has been a long time coming. I have been craving peanut noodles for weeks and weeks. Isn't it weird how these random desires just come along with no rhyme or reason? I've been on an Asian inspired food kick since before the new year…and this goes right along with this. It's the perfect base meal. You can eat them on their own or top this with grilled chicken or shrimp. This recipe is so easily adaptable – add or subtract ingredients as you see it. For those folks that can't find Soba noodles where they live, I think whole wheat spaghetti would be an acceptable alternative.  If you're a fan of sesame oil, which I am not, add a teaspoon or so to your dressing if you so choose. I prefer this chilled rather than room temperature but sometimes…when something is super delicious…you can't wait that long.

Spicy Peanut Soba Noodles – serves 4 to 6 side servings

  • 1 8 ounce package soba noodles
  • 1 cup snow pea pods – ends trimmed & roughly chopped into halves or thirds
  • 1 medium red bell pepper – julienned into matchsticks
  • 1 small can whole water chestnuts – drained and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts – roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter – creamy or chunky
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • fresh ground black pepper and salt (to taste if needed)

– Bring water to a boil in a large pot and cook soba noodles according to the directions on the package – usually between 6 – 8 minutes. When done, drain immediately and rinse with cool water to stop cooking. Allow to thoroughly drain while putting the rest of the salad together.

– To toast the sesame seeds: Heat a dry, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds and toss around until you start smelling the toasty aroma and the seeds start to become golden brown. You're not looking for dark brown or black – just a gentle toast – which should take 2-3 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.

– In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, honey and Sriracha. Taste at this point and adjust to your liking – more spice, more salt, etc. Gently fold in your soba noodles and give them a quick toss – you don't want to overwork these and have them break or get too gummy.

– To add your veggies, peanuts and sesame seeds: you can either sprinkle them over the noodles or quickly fold them in with a large serving spoon or tongs. I prefer the sprinkle method so they retain their crunch but it's all a matter of personal preference.Serve immediately at room temperature or chill & serve later.

Editor's Note: I like mine a little sour, hence the lime garnish. Feel free to try it…or don't.


The Broke Socialite Jan 13, 2010 04:01 am

And I shall expect a bowl ASAP. That is all.

tamih Jan 13, 2010 06:01 am

Had I known I would have stashed a container in my suitcase! :)

tristan Jan 13, 2010 06:01 am

this looks incredible…

keiko Jan 13, 2010 06:01 am

this looks/sounds fantastic Tami – I love anything with soba :)

Elle Jan 13, 2010 06:01 am

I would love some! In fact, I was telling my husband a few nights ago that I needed to make something just like this. Needed, as in–I’ve been craving this, too! Going to set the recipe aside to try asap.

Maria Jan 13, 2010 03:01 pm

I am making this dish next week when my hubs is out of town. He is allergic to PB so I will enjoy it by my lonesome. Yum!

The Teacher Cooks Jan 15, 2010 10:01 am

Your photography is beautiful!

Callie Jan 15, 2010 10:01 am

Darn it. Now I am starving and want these now. They’ll have to wait for dinnertime, though. :(

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home Jan 17, 2010 03:01 pm

I read about your noodle styling skills on takethoufood and I believe it! The height of that plating is to be admired! I like mine sour too and practically drown the food in lime juice! Beautiful blog :)

Sandy Jan 17, 2010 05:01 pm

these look soo delicious!! i want to go make some right now. btw, you have a wonderful blog!

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Violet Pan Jan 18, 2010 08:01 am

Oh yummy! :)

kiss my spatula Jan 19, 2010 03:01 pm

i have a soft spot for these noodles, especially when they are extra spicy. your craving is now my craving.

kitchen table Jan 19, 2010 09:01 pm

I would love to have some noodles today! I like noodles so much especially if they are mixed with as Asian inspired sauces and mixes!

Andi Jan 26, 2010 12:01 pm

I love your blog and check in frequently – haven’t commented before but wanted to say I loved these noodles – they were excellent and made great left overs the next day – thank you!

Rose Jan 28, 2010 02:01 pm

Mmmmmm this looks perfect! We’re doing soba noodles with scallops/citrus sauce tonight, but now I’m craaaving peanut sauce.