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Hot Night, Cold Noodles (Spicy Peanut Noodles with Scallions)

Posted on September 2, 2018 with 0 comments


We were experiencing a rather grotesque week of heat and humidity here in the City...  Upper 90s in the day and virtually no cool-down at night.  And the humidity was rainforest-like.

Ergo, Charlie requested cold Asian noodles.


And I somehow got it in my head that he meant elaborate Japanese udon noodles in cold broth, etc., and hey, I’m up for a challenge...

But then, when we got home and started to talk, I realized he meant our longstanding go-to spicy peanut noodles.  I was so relieved that I realized just how much the awful weather had taken out of me!

So, with gratitude:

I boiled some linguini and did the unthinkable... I rinsed it in cold water.  Trust me, it works for this.

In the food processor, I blitzed some minced ginger, smashed garlic, peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, a tiny bit of white wine to loosen the whole mess, and some Momofuku Ssäm sauce I had from the test kitchen.  This went into a bowl with a minced, blisteringly hot dragon cayenne and the white parts of 5 scallions, sliced very thin. 

Then, in went the pasta... and a bit of the cooled pasta water I’d saved for a bit more loosening.  I tossed it until every noodle was coated.  Then into the fridge to await service.

When we were ready (read:  able to move to the dining room)... I chilled some nice bowls, got out the good chopsticks, twirled the noodles into bowls... topped with the remaining scallion greens...

We had a truly lovely sweat-inducing, cooling dinner.  OK, not for the faint of heart, but...

Believe me, these noodles are just as good - no, really! - for the next few days.

Happy sweating!!!