Monday, May 16, 2011

Thai Peanut Satay Noodles



I absolutely love Thai food. I have always have a thing for the slippery, fat and moreish rice noodles. I can't get enough of them. And partnered with a delicious satay sauce it sends me into a frenzy.

Being pregnant I have had huge cravings for sour, salty and sweet for a while now. I just can't seem to get enough of the flavour combo. Bring on the salted peanut chocolate buttercups from Just William's I say! They have just the right amount of salty peanuts to fudgy goodness, covered in a delicious milk chocolate.

The only thing I don't like, and never have is chili, BLEG! I have never liked the heat, I don't know how anyone can stand it. To me it takes away from the flavour of the food. I don't mind a small amount of heat, but not a lot. Everyone around me eats it like there is a chilli shortage. My mother even grows chilli, how absurd!!! What a waste of a beautiful pot, when you could have so many other lovely things growing in there!!

Anyway I had my usual Thai food cravings yesterday, but there is no where near where we live that do good Thai takeaway, so with the help of hubby, we decided to make our own! We were so spoilt when we lived in Sydney all the fantastic food. Now if we want something we have to make it ourselves. Sometimes fun, sometimes annoying when you cannot be bothered to cook, or knowing that you could never get the same flavour as your favourite Thai takeaway.

This recipe was fantastic, it was delicious, and just the right amount of sweet, spice, salt and sour. And the best part is I have leftover's for today!! :)

I used a combination of these two recipes Nuoc Leo, and Manu's Satay Chicken.

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 garlic, chopped finely
2 teaspoons fresh ginger
1 red chilli, deseeded finely chopped, add more if you want it spicier
1/3 cup roasted peanuts chopped roughly, leave a little texture to them, reserve some for sprinkling on top of the finished noodles
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup coconut cream
juice of 1-2 limes, depending on how juicy the limes are
2 teaspoons vegetable stock powder
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1-2 teaspoons brown sugar
1-2 tablespoons dark soy sauce, to taste

Heat the oil in a small saucepan over a low heat, add the garlic, ginger and chilli.
Add the rest of the ingredients in one go. Simmer for about 10 minutes until you have a smooth peanut sauce that has thicken slightly.

Next Stir fry whatever combination of vegetable, meat, tofu etc that you like. We used prawns, baby octopus, broccoli, carrots, onions, snow peas and of coarse rice noodles.

Pour the peanut sauce over the noodles. When plating up sprinkle with the reserved peanuts, maybe even some coriander, but we didn't have any.

13 comments:

  1. oh, wow, this looks amazing - Whenever we have Thai I always get a satay dish. It's my absolute favourite.

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  2. YUM! this looks delicious...I actually had a massive Thai craving today as my friend bought a similar dish at uni!! I'll have to try this out sometime :)

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  3. This does look good. You really don't like chilli at all? I really miss it if I don't have something spicy every few days :)

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  4. Thanks Hannah, it was really delicious, best sauce i've ever made.

    No way Lorraine! I don't mind a very small amount but, I could happily live without it forever.

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  5. well done, I am always impressed when people make their own asian food - it's so tempting to just get takeaway! even with you not having that option, I am still very very impressed! this looks delicious. mmmmm slippery noodles goodness :)
    Heidi xo

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  6. mm this looks so amazing.
    asian food is so hard to make on your own (minus like stirfry!)
    i will have to try this!
    you did a wonderful job!
    xo

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  7. Haahahaa ok I should put on the blog I don't like mass produced, CHEAP liquor chocolates.

    And I like white anchovies Hamish uses them as a canape with smoked tomato sorbet on crustini. AMAZING.

    xox

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  8. This looks good especially with those peanuts displayed like that. I love peanuts on almost anything (not a fan of burning spicy food either). Congratulations on making this! :)

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  9. Thanks Heidi and Emily Anne :)

    Ok Mez your forgiven then! Oh please post about the crustini I am drooling thinking about it. ;)

    Thank you Jenn, especially good with the added crunch of toasted peanuts.

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  10. This looks incredible! I love peanuts on anything.

    xox Lexi
    Glitter & Pearls

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  11. This looks so delicious. I'm pleased to see you posted the recipe and instructions on how to make it. I'm crazy for Thai food!

    When I was pregnant, I craved lots of sweet and sour things, too. Though, I also craved a lot of fruit and/or foods that had a lot of water in them because I was thirsty all the time but was so bored of drinking water.

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  12. Oh, we would definitely have to part ways on the chilli matter! I can't get enough of the stuff, and lately have been dousing my veggies in burning chilli sauce :P I do love satay, though, so would happily eat this without the chilli :)

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