A few days ago I was scouring Lady and Pups’ website for recipes that use black sesame. For some reason a recipe of homemade wontons swimming in this peanut sauce came up, and I knew that I had to make it immediately (the black sesame creation will be coming soon!). Not only did the peanut sauce look amazing, but I’ve had a bag of peanuts sitting on my shelf for months now. We’re moving soon and I am trying to get through all of the dry ingredients that I have stockpiled over the months (same reason that I was looking for a black sesame recipe!). Out of all of the nuts that we go through on a consistent basis, peanuts is not one of them and I couldn’t think of any better way to use them up.
I am back in Montreal this weekend visiting family and friends and me and my sister decided it would be fun to collaborate on some blog posts. She has a YouTube channel, which means she is the jelly to my PB&J sandwich when it comes to digital media. I can’t figure out how to film a video for the life of me, but she has the system pretty much down to a science. So, as soon as I arrived, I came up with a few recipe ideas, headed to the store to get the ingredients and we proceeded to cook up a storm, dirty 100 dishes, and make a few videos recipes that I’m excited to share here over the next couple of weeks. This is the first one and it is probably the one that I will make the most often when I get home: a cold soba noodle bowl.
I love spending time in the kitchen, it’s cathartic for me. But sometimes, like everyone else, I have to make dinner within twenty minutes. Most of the time it’s because I have dance class and need to eat early so that I can digest and not puke all over the dance floor. On those nights, I usually opt for noodles. They are super fast to cook and I never need to make a sauce that requires a pan to heat it up. In the past, soba was my go-to. Whip up a peanut sauce, steam some vegetables, toss, and I’m done. While this will continue to be a staple for me, I have some good news, I’ve managed to cut down the time and number of plates/pots/pans to clean with this mushroom, soy sauce, noodle dish.
I am so excited to be sharing this recipe! I think that Tom Yum Soup was on my list of recipes that I would want to share on this blog before I even started it. If you’ve never had Tom Yum soup before, it is a spicy and sour soup from Southeast Asia (think Thailand, Malaysia, and Laos). Like many soups, there are so many ways to go about making it, but the four ingredients (in my mind) that are essential are: fish sauce, lime (normally kaffir lime leaves), lemongrass and chilli. It’s all about balancing the sweet, sour, spicy and salty and you end up with a light but deeply comforting soup, jammed with fresh herbs, shellfish and noodles- does it get any better than that?