This warm Thai peanut noodle salad has health benefits. It is a simple dish, easy to prepare, but so delicious and easy to become a family favorite!
I can’t believe it’s been two months since I arrived in Costa Rica. Where did time really go? Obviously, even if life takes a long time, it will quickly go crazy!
The trip has been amazing so far. From the beach to the beautiful jungle and the incredible sunset, my eyes have witnessed more beauty than I thought, much less the true smile on people’s faces. But the main thing is that I am learning to let it go, live in the present and live “as is.” It’s easy to say, but it’s just a lie. I used to and I still have to face many challenges … cooking in a minimalist kitchen!
As you can see, the kitchen here is basic: I don’t have sophisticated equipment to use. No food processor, blender or mandolin is needed! It’s time to practice my skills with the knife! As for the camera team that I carry with me, it is also very basic, so it is another challenge in itself. But hey, at least I have everything I really need for dinner and photography. That is a blessing in itself!
Interestingly, in my current reality, I find myself comfortable enough to prepare and share with you the first recipe, not even Costa Rican. But, at least in Costa Rica, I was inspired! A few weeks ago, while I was staying in Playas del Coco, one night I stopped to eat in Toucanoos and ate his Thai peanut noodle salad. Very good! If you have been in the area, I recommend you visit them and try it for yourself.
Or, you can always make your own recipes according to my recipes … Although it is not exactly the same, if you ask me, this is a world of difference! And maybe closer to home!
When preparing these “fast-paced” dishes, you should always have everything ready before you start cooking. So first prepare / crush all the ingredients and then bring the boiled brine to the water to cook the noodles.
I was lucky enough to find those beautiful Asian-style wheat noodles in a nearby market, by the way, there are only two “super” here, whom they call “super”, the largest of which turns out to be Chinese. But you feel free to use any type of noodles you want. However, Ca Mein or ramen, rice noodles and even a variety of pasta can work very well.
When the water heats, continue making peanut butter. The easiest way is to put all the necessary ingredients (see recipe card) in a glass cup or jar, with the exception of lime juice, olive oil and cilantro, and mix them well with a fork until it forms a thick paste.
Then add lime juice and mix again to mix, and finally add olive oil and parsley and stir until all ingredients are completely mixed.
When the water starts to boil, place a large pan or wok over medium heat, then place the noodles in the water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cooked.
When this happens, put the carrots, peppers and broccoli in the pot and cook for about a minute, just soften and heat them a little, and then heat.
Drain the noodles, but keep approximately 1/4 cup of cooking liquid. Rinse the noodles with warm water, then place them in the pot along with cucumbers, cabbage and chives.
Mix noodle water and peanut butter, then pour into the pan …
Stir gently until all the ingredients are well mixed, then let stand for about 5 minutes to allow the noodles to absorb all the delicious sauces.
To serve, sprinkle with a few slices of lime, chopped peanuts and parsley, and sprinkle with a pinch of lime juice and a few drops of hot sauce (if necessary).
This cold salad is also delicious, and leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for a day or two.