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Cold Noodles with Spicy Chinese Peanut Sauce


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  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp peanut, or sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp hot pepper flakes
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp rice or cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 lb Chinese wheat noodles
  • 2 c shredded cooked chicken (or pork or shrimp)
  • 1 1/2 c julienned cucumber
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Coriander sprigs


Servings 4


Step 1

Place peanut butter in heatproof bowl. In small skillet, heat peanut oil over low heat, add garlic, hot pepper and salt, and fry until garlic is softened and very fragrant and oil is reddened, about 5 minutes. Scrape into peanut butter, with fork, thoroughly mix. Whisk in vinegar, soy and fish sauces, sesame oil and sugar; whisk in at least 1/4 cup water, adding more, if necessary, to make thick yet easily pourable sauce. Set aside.
In large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles according to package instuctions; drain, rinse, chill under cold water and drain. Place in individual bowls . Top with peanut sauce, meat, cucumber onions, and coriander.

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