In college I had a few goals, one of my top five goals was to perfect my cold peanut noodle recipe. I think that's a totally normal + reasonable goal for college.
But yes, I was going to graduate with a degree in media studies + a killer peanut noodle recipe that would send people to their knees.
Unfortunately I made many, many horrible peanut butter noodles. There was the time I boiled rice noodles for as long as you would spaghetti. I don't know much about rice noodles, but that's definitely not what you are meant to do to those delicate guys. There was also the time I didn't have regular peanut butter, so I thought that using the white chocolate peanut butter I had gotten as a freebie would make sense. I wouldn't recommend it.
So long story short, I graduated without figuring out a killer peanut noodle recipe. They handed me my diploma, but something didn't feel right. So I spent some time rethinking this + a recipe came via a family friend in my inbox.
The recipe looked good, but called for a bit more sugar and too little texture for my taste, so I gave an adaptation a go. Here's the result!
You can do these noodles straight up with the sauce, but I think what makes it perfect is the crunch from salty peanuts, bite from tons of fresh mint + coolness from shaved cucumber.
Cucumber peanut noodles
- 1 package spaghetti
- 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 cucumber, seeded, peeled + shaved
- 4 tablespoons peanuts, chopped
- 1 small bunch of fresh mint, finely chopped
- Prepare the spaghetti according to the directions on the box, but make sure to salt the water!
- Meanwhile whisk up the peanut sauce. Combine peanut butter, olive oil, soy sauce, sugar, rice wine vinegar + sesame oil in a large bowl. Set aside until the spaghetti is finished.
- Drain the spaghetti then add it straight into the sauce. Stir to combine.
- Now here's the best part! Toss the cucumber, peanuts + mint into that bowl + mix it all around. Have a taste + feel free to add salt + pepper to taste. This is great right away or chilled.