Loaded with wholesome goodness, this Warm Peanut Thai Noodle Salad is an unpretentious dish that is crazy easy to make, yet so generously tasty, it'll just as easily become a family favorite!
I can't believe it's already been
2 months since I landed in Costa Rica
... where did time go, really? Apparently, even when life takes its time, it still
goes crazy fast!
So far, this trip has been
nothing short of amazing
; my eyes got to witness more beauty than I ever thought possible, from
, not to mention the genuine
smiles on people's faces
. But mostly, I'm learning to just go with the flow, to just live in the moment, to
take life "as it is"
. To say that it's been easy every step of the way would be a lie, though. I've had -- and still will have to --
face many a challenge...
cooking in a
shared, minimalist kitchen
being on of them!
As you can see,
the kitchen here is pretty basic
: there is no fancy equipment at my disposal; no food processors, blenders, or mandolins for that matter!
Time to practice my knife skills!
As for the
camera gear that I took with me, it too is very basic
, so that in itself is
. But hey, at least
I have everything I really need
to cook decent meals and take decent pictures.
And that, is a blessing in itself!
Oddly enough, the first recipe that I find myself
comfortable enough to prepare
and share with you in
my current reality
not even Costa Rican
. But hey, at least
I got the inspiration for it while in Costa Rica
! When I was in Playas Del Coco a couple of weeks ago, I stopped to eat at
one night and had their
Thai Peanut Noodle Salad
If you're ever in that area, I strongly recommend that you pay them a visit and try it for yourself!
Or, you can always
make your own
by following my recipe...
it's not exactly the same, but it's pretty darn close, if you ask me! And probably much closer to home, too!
When making those kinds of
dishes, you always want to
have all your ingredients ready
before you start cooking anything. So
start by prepping/chopping
all your ingredients and once that's done, bring enough salted water to the boil to cook your noodles in.
Me, I was lucky enough to find those beautiful
Asian style wheat noodles
at a nearby market here
-- go figure, there are only 2 "supers" here, as they call them, and the biggest one of them happens to be Chinese --
but feel free to
use any kind of noodles you prefer
. Yet Ca Mein would work really well, or ramen, or rice vermicelli, or even plain spaghetti.
While that water is heating up,
work on making your peanut sauce
. The easiest way to go about doing that is to start by putting all the necessary ingredients
(see recipe card)
in a glass measuring cup or jar, except for the lime juice, olive oil and cilantro, and
mix that really well with a fork
until a thick paste forms
add the lime juice
and mix again to incorporate it, and finally add the
olive oil and cilantro
stir until everything is fully combined
When the water starts to boil, place a large skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat, then
throw your noodles in
the water and cook them for
2 to 3 minutes
, or until they are just
While that's happening, add the
carrots, peppers and broccoli
to the pan and cook them for
about a minute or so
, just to soften them up slightly and heat them through, then kill the heat.
Drain the noodles but
reserve about 1/4 cup
of their cooking liquid. Rinse the noodles well under lukewarm water and then add them to the pan, along with the
cucumber, cabbage and green onions
Mix the noodle water in with the peanut sauce
and pour that into the pan as well...
...then throw in the
chopped cilantro and peanuts.
Looks good already, doesn't it?
a gentle toss
until all the ingredients are well combined, then
allow the dish to rest
for about 5 minutes to allow the noodles to soak up all that yummy tasty sauce.
garnished with a few slices of lime, additional chopped peanuts and cilantro, and hit with a splash of lime juice and few drops of hot sauce, if desired.
This salad is
also delicious cold
and leftovers will keep well in the fridge for a day or two.