This is a wonderfully hearty and soul-warming dish. You can throw it together in about as much time as it takes to boil the noodles. As you may guess from the title, it may not be for delicate palates! ;)
Ginger Garlic Peanut Noodles
Asian noodles - Soba noodles make this a nice earthy dish (soba noodles are made from buckwheat and are gluten-free). Thai rice noodles work too, but tend to lose their shape. Plain old fettuccine or spaghetti noodles would work in a pinch, but if you’ve never tried the other kinds - branch out!
Peanuts - about 1 cup chopped finely
Garlic - 2-3 TBs. finely minced or grated (use more if you are so inclined!)
Ginger - 2-3 TBs. finely minced or grated (use more if you are so inclined!). Ideally, you need to use fresh ginger off the root. Second best is ginger from a jar, but you might need to decrease the amount as jarred ginger tends to be more assertive. Today I used grated dried ginger root which is really sub-par but works in a pinch. Powdered ginger is right out.
Green onions - 2-3 chopped
Soy sauce (or Tamari if you’re GF) - just a glug
Red pepper flakes - a shake or two, if you’re into a little extra heat
Cilantro - Lots and lots! Chopped roughly
While you’re boiling your noodles, get everything else prepped.
Then, heat up a large frying pan with a bit of oil in the bottom. Sautee the green onions. Then add your garlic and ginger and give it a stir. If you’ve timed it perfectly, your noodles will be done by now. Drain the noodles and toss them in the fry pan with the other ingredients - add the soy sauce now. It makes a lovely sizzle! Right at the end, stir in the peanuts and then right before serving, garnish with cilantro.
Serve in bowls with chopsticks. Yum!
This dish is great with stir fried broccoli, baby bok choy, or even some sauteed red peppers. You can also add some extra protein in the form of shredded chicken, or ground beef. Just cook the meat together with the other ingredients (you might want to add the soy sauce to the meat, instead of at the end, or even take some extra time to marinate the meat in the garlic, ginger, and soy sauce - it’s up to you).