Peanut Noodles
60 Min

Peanut Noodles

From classic ketchup to trendy chili crisp, most people love condiments, and I am no exception.

Sambhal Olek, available at most grocery stores, is a simple, tasty Indonesian hot sauce - and unlike many commercial hot sauces, it has a fresh ground chili flavor with no aftertaste. It can be used to enhance the morning egg scramble, or toss a teaspoon with rice for dinner.

 The goal of cooking with condiments should not be to mask flavors but to create a quick tasty meal. This week, in honor of Father’s Day, I am sharing an old favorite family recipe, peanut noodles. This is as simple as cooking in my world goes. During my children’s teenage years, we ate a different version of these noodles at lest once a week - I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does.

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Cook Time

60 Minutes



Step 1
Cook the noodles in 4 cups of boiling water for 5 to 7 minutes. Drain.
Step 2
In a small bowl, whisk together Sambhal Olek, peanut butter, orange juice and black pepper until smooth and set aside.
Step 3
In a frying pan or wok, heat the vegetable oil, add the peppers and green onions and sauté 2 to 3 minutes.
Step 4
Add the noodles, Sambhal Olek sauce and peanuts and toss quickly. Within 1 to 2 minutes, turn the heat off.
Step 5
Garnish with chopped herbs.
8 ounces wide noodles
1/4 cup Sambhal Olek (or more to taste)
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 cup orange juice (or water)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (such as peanut, sesame, or sunflower)
1 cup sliced green peppers (optional)
1 stalk green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons toasted and salted peanuts, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped herbs (such as mint or cilantro)

Notes & Variations

  • Add sliced cooked chicken or shrimp to the vegetable oil just before adding the noodles.
  • The noodles can be served warm, room temperate or cold.
  • Instead of peanut butter, add sesame tahini to the noodles, or add a bit of both.
  • Add a squeeze of soy sauce to Sambhal Olek sauce.
  • Use shishito, banana, or bell peppers. 

60 Min

All hail the peanut.

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