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Ching-He Huang's peanut chicken noodle salad

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Peanut chicken noodle salad
Peanut chicken noodle salad
  • Serves: 2

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This popular Chinese street food dish can be easily recreated at home using peanut butter to make the tasty sauce.

Ingredients

  • 250g/9oz (125g/4oz dried weight) white shi wheat flour noodles, cooked
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • 1tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 skinless chicken breast fillets (about 500g/1lb 2oz)
  • 1 large handful of unsalted cashew nuts to garnish

For the peanut sauce

  • 1tbsp groundnut oil
  • 2 small shallots, finely chopped
  • 3tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 medium red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 6tbsp vegetable stock
  • 3tbsp water

To serve

  • 1 medium red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, halved lengthways, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 1 small handful of beansprouts
  • 1 small handful of freshly chopped coriander
  • 1 small spring onion, sliced lengthways

Method

  1. Toss the noodles in the sesame oil and soy sauce, cover and chill until needed.
  2. Boil the chicken until cooked (about 10 mins, depending on the thickness of the breast). Drain and shred by hand.
  3. Dry-fry the cashew nuts for the garnish in a hot pan for a few minutes until browned. Crush in a pestle and mortar or place in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin.
  4. To make the peanut sauce, heat a wok over a high heat and add the groundnut oil. Add the shallots and fry for less than 1 min until translucent, then add the peanut butter and red chilli and stir-fry together for less than 1 min. Add the stock and water and mix well. As the sauce starts to bubble, turn the heat off and transfer to a bowl. If you like a thick sauce, keep as it is - for a thinner sauce, add a few tablespoons of water and stir well.
  5. Layer the noodles with all the serving ingredients on each plate and then top with the shredded chicken pieces. Finally, drizzle over the warm sauce, sprinkle on the crushed cashew nuts and serve immediately.

Extra info: Cold noodle salads are called 'liang-mein', meaning 'cool-noodle'. Many street vendors in China sell these cold noodles in small plastic bags with shredded carrots, cucumber, bean sprouts, spring onion and chilli and drizzled with plenty of peanut sauce. The bag is sealed and tossed before being handed to you with a pair of chopsticks so you can start feasting!www.chinghe.comThis recipe is from Ching-He Huang's Chinese Food Made Easy, available from Amazon priced 8.49Win a copy of the best-selling book in our competition.

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