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Thai Peanut Tofu Noodles


Thai food is one of the most popular cuisines and one of my favorites too. Thai cuisine involves use of fresh ingredients and retains a unique flavor from all of its own. The essence of Thai food is all about balancing the flavors between sweet, sour, hot and salty. Thai cuisine is divided into five main culinary regions and each region have their own representative dishes. 

We are exploring the Northern Thai cuisine for this month's International Food Challenge. Sangeetha of Nitha's Kitchen is hosting this challenge and she chose some wonderful dishes from this region. From her choices, I made this Thai rice noodles with tofu and peanut sauce. The peanut sauce is the star of this dish - a nutty and creamy sauce with the perfect balance of spice, sweet and sour. If you love Thai food, you must definitely try this out.

THAI PEANUT TOFU NOODLES RECIPE

{ Thai style rice noodles with tofu in a peanut sauce }
Recipe Source ~ thaifood.about.com
Serves 3-4


Ingredients:

250 gms flat rice noodles
200 gms cubed firm tofu
2 tbsp soy sauce
¼ cup julienne carrots
4-5 green beans, cut into 1" pieces
¼ cup sliced capsicum
3 green onions, sliced
½ cup bean sprouts
A handful fresh basil, roughly chopped
1 tbsp roasted peanuts
Vegetable oil for stir-frying

For the peanut sauce:
1 tsp tamarind paste
¼ cup water
⅓ cup dry-roasted peanuts, unsalted
3 cloves garlic
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
1-2 red chillies, chopped
Salt to taste

Method:

1. Place tofu in a bowl and add soy sauce. Toss well and set aside to marinate for 10-15 minutes.

2. In a blender or mixer add tamarind paste, peanuts, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, red chillies, salt and water. Grind to a smooth and creamy sauce. Set aside.

3. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add the rice noodles. Turn off the heat and let the noodles soak until edible but still firm and slightly crunchy. Drain and rinse in cold water.

4. Heat a wok or pan and add 1 tbsp oil. Add the tofu cubes and fry until lightly browned. Set aside.

5. In the same wok/pan, add ½ tbsp oil and add the carrot, beans and capsicum, Toss for 1-2 minutes and set aside.

6. In the same wok/pan, add 2-3 tbsp oil and add the noddles. Stir-fry the noodles for 1 minute. Then add 3/4th of the peanut sauce and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.

7. Add tofu, bean sprouts, vegetables, basil and remaining sauce. Adjust the salt if necessary. Stir-fry until noodles are soft. Garnish with peanuts and green onions.

Notes and Tips
  • If you don't have rice noodles, you can substitute with linguine pasta or Chinese noodles.
  • Do not to over cook the noodles in the beginning. They will break into pieces when stir-frying.

27 comments:

  1. peanut tofu and noodles ...wow that must have been a treat:)

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  2. perfect and i will finish this in seconds

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  3. I can feel the taste of spices and sauces ....visit my space too...event and giveaway going on

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  4. one of our fav super yummy noodles

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  5. lovely noodles.. I am feeling hungry now :)

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  6. perfect quick fix dinner,love the clicks !!

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  7. Sona what a beautiful dish looks so perfectly blended :) love it, your clicks look beautiful

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  8. such a colourful and tempting dish... love it

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  9. looks yummy ,loved the clicks too

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  10. Lovely blend of flavors, noodles look delicious and mouthwatering..

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  11. tempting n yummy noodles...

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  12. Super.U have made it perfect !

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  13. as usual, superb pics... delicious noodles...

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  14. Nice pics and this noodles looks really delicious..

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  15. Fantastic thai noodles. looks very delicious and tempting!

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  16. Very colorful and delicious looking noodles

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  17. Looks delicious and flavorful with all the veggies, tofu and peanut sauce..

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  18. Lovely click,so vibrant

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  19. Looks so tempting.. I feel like having it right now..

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  20. Oh those tofus are fried perfectly noodles look reallyyy yummy.

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  21. One of my fav noodles.I too make almost same way, instead of peanuts I add peanut butter,Looks very inviting...

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  22. Beautiful and I love to have that...

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  23. Am ready to finish that whole platter rite now, noodles is just inviting me.

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  24. Yummy combo!! lovely clicks!!

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  25. very inviting tofu noodles with peanut flavor!!!

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  26. Looks super tasty.Clicks are also good.

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  27. this sounds so delicious,I havent add tofu with noodles yet,will try!

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