Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Cold Udon Noodles with Lime-Peanut Sauce

This is a considerably simplified version of a recipe from Vegan With A Vengeance. I left out a number of ingredients that I didn't have around. The great thing about Isa's entree recipes is that they have so many ingredients that you can often leave out half of them and still get a great result. The only things I included that weren't originally called for are lime juice and poppy seeds. Both of these additions made for a wonderful dish dish, and perhaps offset all the omissions.

2 teaspoons oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2/3 cup smooth all-natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
10 ounces udon noodles
1/4 cup poppy seeds
juice of 2 limes
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

In a small saucepan, sauté the garlic over medium heat. Add the water, soy sauce, and coriander and bring to a boil. Add the peanut butter and turn the heat to low. Whisk will until the peanut butter and oil are combined. Mix in the maple syrup. Remove from the heat and let cool. Prepare the udon noodles according to package directions. After draining them, rinse under cold water until they are cool to the touch. When the peanut sauce is completely cooled mix in with the noodles. Add in the poppy seeds, lime juice, and red pepper flakes (if you like).

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