Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut and Chicken


2 batches of soba noodle
3 TBS sesame oil

(for the sauce)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 chili pepper, chopped
1 TBS garlic, minced
1 TBS ginger, minced
2 TBS lime juice
1 TBS Chinese cooking wine or sherry
1 TBS sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup chicken stock
2 TBS fish sauce
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 TBS honey
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

(for final dish)
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 cucumber, seeds removed and sliced
1/4-1/2 chicken, without bones and cut into strips/slices
1/4 cup scallions, chopped

(for garnish)
1/2 cup salted redskin peanuts

1) Cook the soba noodles in boiling water for 6 minutes. Drain, rinse in cold running water until thoroughly cooled.
2) Cover the sides of a large bowl with sesame oil; transfer the noodles to the bowl, and toss (with hands!) until coated. Cover and set aside.
3) Combine the ingredients for the sauce. Use a mixer or blender to blend until smooth.
4) Add the sauce and the remaining ingredients to the noodles; toss until mixed.
5) Serve in bowls, topping each with peanuts!