Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Spicy Asian Noodle Salad

Like with many kids, M likes her pastas and noodles more than rice and rotis. So often I include her favorites in our meals too but "adultize" it for us. This Asian noodle salad is one such dish that I made recently. After boiling the noodles, she gets her version and we get this high-on-the-heat-factor salad, adapted from here .

Spicy Asian Noodle Salad


200 gm egg noodles (or linguine or udon noodles)
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp oil, split
4 pods of garlic, minced
1 small onion, sliced
1 medium carrot, julienned
2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
chopped cilantro for garnish
salt to taste

For the dressing:
1 Tbsp Sriracha sauce
1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp honey


Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain, toss in about a tbsp of oil. Keep aside.
In a microwave safe bowl, mix the garlic, onion and carrots in about a tsp of oil. Nuke on high for 2-3 minutes. The carrot would still be undercooked and crunchy. Add to the noodles.
Nuke the peanut butter for 10-15 seconds. Whisk together with the remaining ingredients for the dressing.
To serve, pour the noodles into a salad bowl. Toss in the dressing, making sure the noodles are well coated.
Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and chopped cilantro.

Note: Add the dressing just before serving. I'd made a huge bowl of this noodle salad. When I had it a few hours later, it was hugely disappointing. The kick of the Sriracha and the crunch of the sesame seeds were gone.


Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Lovely looking salad. Nice recipe. Looks so good. YUM!

Satrupa said...

Delicious .... I luv your easy microwave cooking :)



Kurinji said...

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Prathibha said...

Lovely colorful salad...looks yumm

Priya said...

Got hooked totally with the dressing,inviting salad..

Vani said...

Sukanya, Kurinji, Pratibha - thanks, girls :)

Satrupa - yeah, nuke whenever you can, is my policy these days :)

Priya - it was the dressing that caught my attention too :)

Sharmila said...

Perfect for these hot days! I can have this anytime of the day ... maybe I'll add some crushed toated peanuts as am not too fond of peanut butter. Love the colour Vani! :-)

Cham said...

Adult version sounds perfect for me! Kids are always fond of noodle :)

Kannada Cuisine said...

I love this Salad..but I just substitute crushed peanuts for peanut butter :)

Prathibha said...

Vani...haha...u got it correct..but lemme wait n see who all will guess..so not publishing d comment as of now,will do it after the few guesses....keep that as a secret hah??

Vani said...

Thanks for the comments, all!

aipi said...

Looks fantastic ~ I could devour it all in no time :))
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filipino girl said...

Thank you for the recipe. I love asian noodles. In fact I am a regular customer of Asian Noodle house. I love the Tokyo Ramen!

joy said...

Eating is really one of my hobby i mean part of my life and cooking is my passion. I also love going to a place and at the same time taste their delicious and most wanted food.I want to taste something that is new to my palate. Thanks for sharing your article with us.