Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: SERVES 2-4 as a Main Entree
- 8-12 oz. rice noodles, linguini-width, enough for 2-4 people
- 1 to 1.5 cups cubed firm tofu
- 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 3 green onions, sliced
- 2-3 cups bean sprouts
- 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
- 1-3 tsp. sesame oil
- generous handful fresh basil
- vegetable oil for stir-frying
- PEANUT STIR-FRY SAUCE:
- 3/4 cup hot water
- 1 tsp. tamarind paste
- 1 cup dry-roasted peanuts, unsalted
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3+1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce (use wheat-free for gluten-free diets)
- 3-4 Tbsp. brown sugar, to taste
- 1-2 fresh red chilies, minced, OR 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. salt, to taste
- Place cubed tofu in a bowl together with 3 Tbsp. soy sauce. Gently stir to combine. Set aside to marinate while you prepare other ingredients.
- Stir the tamarind paste into the hot water until dissolved. Pour this mixture into your food processor or blender. Add all other stir-fry sauce ingredients and blitz to create a delicious peanutty stir-fry sauce. Taste-test for sweetness, salt, and spice, adding a little salt or more sugar/chili/cayenne if desired. Set aside.
- Bring a large pot of water to boil and dunk in the rice noodles. Turn off the heat, allowing noodles to soak until edible but still firm and slightly 'crunchy' (firmer than 'al dente'). Drain and rinse well with cold water to stop the cooking process.
- Warm a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 1-2 Tbsp. oil and swirl around, then add the tofu. Fry until tofu is lightly browned (4-6 minutes). Remove from heat and transfer fried tofu to a clean bowl. Set aside.
- Return wok/pan to heat and add 2-3 Tbsp. more oil. Add the noodles (you'll hear them sizzle as they hit the hot oil). Using two utensils and a lifting-turning motion, stir-fry 1 minute.
- Add 1/3 to 1/2 of the peanut stir-fry sauce, plus the fried tofu. Continue stir-frying 1-2 more minutes, until sauce is distributed throughout the noodles.
- Add the bean sprouts plus a little more of the sauce. Taste-test as you go, adding more sauce until desired taste is achieved. Stir-fry until noodles are soft but still pleasantly chewy. Add more fish salt if not salty enough.
- Portion out the noodles into serving bowls or plates. Top each portion with a drizzle of sesasme oil followed by a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds. Sprinkle over the green onion and fresh basil, and ENJOY!
If You Have Leftover Peanut Sauce: Refrigerate any leftover peanut sauce in a covered container up to 2 weeks; freeze thereafter. Note that peanut sauce will thicken as it sits, but you can easily thin it out again. If you wish to keep it as a stir-fry sauce, just add water to thin it. To make it into a delicious dip, add up to 1/4 cup coconut milk. Peanut dip is wonderful served with Fresh Rolls, or as a dressing with raw vegetable salad. It also makes a terrific marinade for grilled tofu.