Cold Asian Noodles

white bowl with Asian Noodle salad of soba noodles, cucumber shreds, basil and tomato

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On a hot day, this is all I want to eat. Or a cold day honestly. When I use the spice oil or peanut sauce it really warms me up. This is my kind of lunchtime comfort food. Cold but spicy food is refreshing and delicious in the summer. If you have some spice oil on hand, be sure to add it. It’s like a simple and cheaty version of Dan Dan noodles that way.

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Peanut Sauce

white bowl filled with peanut sauce and a green vegetable dipping into it

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This is the peanut sauce I make when I have decided to do it properly. I LOVE peanut sauce so I often make a cheaty version with just peanut butter, sriracha and a little brown sugar and soy sauce. It does the trick for my mid-afternoon or late-night hanger needs. But this is the proper version and the addition of the garlic, shallot and fresh chiles really does make it that much better and really only adds 10 minutes of cooking and clean up so not a bad trade. This is beautiful as a dip, but I love it on noodles, especially cold Asian Noodles with cucumber or as a glaze for chicken or beef and vegetables in a stir fry. Make it and you’ll use it, guaranteed.

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Sichuan Inspired Spice Oil

close up of chiles, garlic and spices infusing into oil

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Use this spice oil on salads, in cold noodle dishes, or on roasted or sautéed vegetables. It’s inspired by the super delicious spice oil that you get on Dan Dan noodles! If you have trouble finding the spices, you can get all of them at most Asian grocery stores.

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Rainbow Rice

close up of rice with with green yellow and red vegetable mixed into it.

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Here are three quick ways to make plain rice into beautiful, delicious rainbow rice. An early reader, Charles, said he loves rice with vegetables, but these treatments work for grains other than rice as well—everything from quinoa to barley to farro. Vegetables are a great way to liven up the usual rice and beans.

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