Friday, 22 August 2008

More noodley goodness: Orange & Ginger Soba Noodles

I found this recipe a while back, on my first visit to the beautiful vegetarian Indian food blog, Saffron Trail. And despite never having tasted it, I got a real craving for it a couple of days ago!

It's basically a noodle dish with a nice bit of steamed veg... and a gorgeous orangey, gingery, peanut butter dressing! Yum. I mixed the dressing up, and I could have probably eaten the lot of it with a spoon! (Peanut butter soup!!) I think this dressing would go amazingly well as a dipping sauce for chicken too.

While the original recipe calls for smooth peanut butter, I only had crunchy at home. While I probably will try it with smooth when I get a chance, I really liked the extra texture that the crunchy peanut butter added.

This is a great dish, quick and relatively healthy. I made up a batch in the evening and had it for dinner, then took the leftovers to work the next day. You must do this!!! It was even better on day 2!

Anyway, happy Friday everyone! Long weekend for me due to a public holiday... to celebrate I'm heading up to Notting Hill Carnival! Cross your fingers for some sun!

Orange & Ginger Soba Noodles

Serves 4...
  • 3 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • Juice and zest of one orange
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 250g soba noodles
  • 6 Runner beans, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 3 carrots, ribboned
Prepare the Dressing...
Whisk together all the ingredients except the noodles and veg - taste and adjust seasoning or acidity - I added a dash more orange juice and another dash of soy. Set aside.

Prepare the Noodles...
Cook noodles according to packet - probably 5/6 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.

Prepare the Veg...
We want these to be super lightly steamed - the crunch of the carrot ribbons go so well with the silky noodles! So maybe 3 minutes for the beans, and just a couple of minutes for the carrots.

Chuck it All Together!
If you want to eat this warm, heat the noodles by pouring boiling water over them. Mix together the veg and noodles; give the dressing a last whisk, then pour it over the top.

Mix through so that all the noodles are coated in the dressing.

If you fancy a faff, decorate with some raw carrot ribbons and orange segments. Or not!

Either way, tuck in, slurp it up, and wonder why you've never tasted gingery orange peanut butter before... Enjoy!

Another Friday trio!

This week I'm going to send this over to Ruth at Once Upon a Feast for Presto Pasta Night! Though I think I'm early - at time of writing the last round up hadn't even been posted!

Its near the end of the month, so a cheap dinner is even more appreciated than usual. And that's why I'm going to send this to Frugal Fridays! Even taking into account that I used posh organic soba... this would feed 4 for about £4 - or ~ $8!

And finally, this is my second submission to Ruth's Bookmarked Recipes event. Check out the round up on Monday!

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JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Yummy! I really love anything with a peanut butter sauce! This looks great, Kittie. :) I would likely have eaten the whole bowl of sauce!

Adam said...

Peanut butter sauce really is something special. That would take chicken to a whole other level :)

Thank you so much for your help in my blog overhaul. I hope to put all your info to good use over the weekend. You're a true blog buddy :)

Lisa said...

This would have been perfect for No Croutons Required. Sorry you missed the deadline!

I'm a big fan of peanut butter in dinner dishes and always use crunchy in place of the smooth.

Dee said...

Oh yum Kittie! I've read so much about noodles with peanut butter sauces and they all look amazing but I can't get my head around the fact that PB is BREAKFAST food.

In the name of research I'm going to have to give yours a go.

Have fun!

Lore said...

Love the sound of that dressing. I've been meaning to make a gingery salad for lunch today so this is right up my alley :)

Psychgrad said...

That's an interesting combination of flavours - orange, ginger and peanut butter.

As I like to say: it's like a party in your mouth and everyone is invited.

glamah16 said...

I will take it as is without the peanut butter. I know I'm weird. All I remember was a child getting sick after consuming a whole jar. Sonce then I cant do PB.But noodles and veg is always a winner.

Holler said...

Lovely Kitty, it is indeed noodley goodness :)

Dragon said...

Orange, ginger, chili and peanut butter? Sounds like perfection to me. It looks amazing!

hot garlic said...

Kittie! Thanks so much for visiting and for your sympathy about the hair-cut! That was a lot of fun.

These noodles sound GREAT! I love the Asian stuff, especially the sesame-peanut butter variety of things! What a great blog in general!

Thanks again!

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

I like the idea of orange peanut butter sauce, too. Unfortunately, I'm allergic to nuts. I do fancy a bit of soba every now and again, so I'd definitely use those with the orange segments and some good veg.

Ruth Elkin said...

I love the sound of the orange and ginger in this!!!! It's making me drool!!!!!

Thanks for sending it to bookmarked recipes for the round up!

kittie said...

hey jenn :) I haven't really tried cooking with peanut butter much - I wish I'd picked it as one of my ingredients so I could get some new ideas!

Thanks Adam, and no problem! I'll be by soon to check it out :)

Hi Lisa! Missed quite a few deadlines recently, oops... but will hopefully get more time to devote to blog time soon :)

dee - peanut butter on thick granary toast is a great breakfast! This was the first time I'd had it for dinner though ;)

Thanks Lore - hope your lunch turned out tasty!

I thought so too, psychgrad - and they really worked together!

lol - a whole jar!!?! No wonder it put you off ;)

Cheers Holler!

Hey Dragon - glad you like it... I'm thinking about making it again this week... with a couple of alterations...!

Thanks for stopping by hot Garlic - hope you're getting used to the haircut now :)

Hi Nikki! If you can take sesame, then you could probably do something with sesame oil/tahini/yogurt for the dressing :)

Thanks Ruth - great round up!

Rushina said...

Hi Kitti
I am so glad you popped by the pakoda post on my blog. What a lovely blog you have. I happen to have Soba noodles, I am going to give this a shot. And I will be back for more!


SweetDesigns said...

My gosh that looks heavenly! I almost can't put words to it haha.. simply gorgeous and mouth watering mmm (I am hungry can ya tell haha)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

True! :)

Kristen said...

This looks like a delicious recipe! I love the addition of Peanut Butter in the sauce. Mmmmm!

kittie said...

rushina - Thanks for visiting - I bookmarked your link for the next time I have my oil out! I hope you like them!

sweetdesigns - reading food blogs when hungry can be such a bad plan - I end up going to the shops and buying far too much food 'inspired' by my reading!

jenn - maybe next time ;) lol

Glad you like it Kristen!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

This sounds like a delicious flavor combo and I always love dishes that make a savory use of peanuts. Also, I could never do anything that calls for smooth peanut butter--peanut butter must have chunks! Always!