I gingerly call this dish “Pad Thai.” I guess it’d be more accurate to say this is what I consider to be the home cook’s quick and dirty version. I realize that it’s probably deeply offensive among serious cooks that I call this dish Pad Thai at all, and so I’m hoping the use of quotation marks will soften the blow enough to avoid a painful (though probably well-deserved) tongue lashing.
But seriously- have you ever attempted to make Pad Thai? For real? It’s painful. So very painful. And long. The first and only time I attempted it, I lost two full hours of my life, spent nearly $100, and used about a zillion ingredients as well as every pot and pan in my kitchen. And it didn’t even taste good. Nowadays, I have the good sense to order out my Pad Thai. Life’s too short. If I want to make something comparable at home, I go with this little number. I guess the recipe title could be considered a work in progress, but whatever you decide to call it, it’s delicious- a perfect bowl of hearty and soft soba noodles swimming in a creamy, peanut lime sauce. Mmmm.
Ingredients: (makes two servings)
1/2 package of soba noodles (cook and drain according to package instructions)
2 heaping Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
zest and juice of 1 lime (divided)
2 Tablespoons hot water
1/4 cup crushed peanuts
1 teaspoon tamari or soy sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce (sub in soy sauce here for a vegan version of this dish)
1/4 cup finely chopped green or white onion
Directions: In a mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, hot water, tamari, fish sauce, onions, and half of the lime juice and zest. Whisk together. Add the cooked soba noodles and toss until the noodles are well coated.
Divide noodles among two serving bowls. Top with peanuts and the remaining lime juice.
Garnish with remaining lime zest and a wedge of lime (or more green onion!) for added color. Serve right away so that the peanut sauce stays creamy.
Grab hold of those chopsticks and dig in!
Until every last noodle is in my belly.
* Keep in mind that this an extremely basic version that can be dressed up with more sophisticated ingredients to suit your taste. Fried egg, tofu or shrimp would be delicious protein additions. Cilantro, garlic and chilies would also work well. You could even experiment with different types of noodles.
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