Express sesame peanut noodles (#31)

This is one of those recipes for when it’s late on a Sunday and you realize that you haven’t prepared any lunch for the rest of the week. Now, the recipe below is for an absolutely humongous batch. I halved it and still had tons, so unless you genuinely do want to be eating it for the rest of the week don’t go overboard and consider halving or ‘thirding’ the amounts below.

Courtesy of Nigella Express.

Good things: Will keep you fed at your desk.

Bad things: No meat (I am biased on this), although I guess you could precook chicken in the spring onions and add.

Ingredients & requirements: 

  • 125g mangetout
  • 150g beansprouts (rinsed)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 spring onions
  • 550g of medium egg noodles
  • 20g sesame seeds
  • 4 tablespoons of chopped fresh coriander
    For the dressing
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic oil
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet chilli sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 80g-100g smooth peanut butter

Preparation & cooking

  1. Prepare the 550g noodles. Cook to packet instructions, drawn, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl (I used a mixing bowl):
    1. Halve the 125g mangetout of mangetout. Add.
    2. Rinse the 150g beansprouts. Add.
    3. Deseed 1 red pepper and cut into strips. Add.
    4. Finely slice 2 spring onions. Add.
    5. Add the noodles and briefly mix together.
  3. Prepare the dressing by whisking together:
    1. 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
    2. 1 tablespoon of garlic oil
    3. 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
    4. 1 tablespoon of sweet chilli sauce
    5. 2 tablespoons of lime juice
    6. 80g-100g smooth peanut butter
  4. Pour the dressing over bowl with all the dry ingredients in and coat all the ingredients with it.
  5. Sprinkle the 20g sesame seeds and 4 tablespoons of chopped fresh coriander over the mix.
  6. Either serve or simply pack up in Tupperware.

Reflections:

Nigella is most definitely right about this one. It uses a whole range of ingredients, so you might as well make a huge batch. As I say, I halved the ingredients and was surprised how much I got out of them. But a full batch should keep you and your partner (housemate, friend, second cousin once removed etc) fed at their desk for the week.

Initially I didn’t re-heat the dish, and actually got bored of the taste/texture quite quickly. Ping it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and it really is transformed, quite impressively, into something feels much more like a ‘meal’.

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