The older I get, the more I realize how different this world is, and how many different life paths people have taken. There are people who dedicate their lives to religion. There are people who go on epic journeys to find themselves.
And there are even people who have never had Thai peanut sauce.
Now, this my sound unbelievable to you – it certainly would to me. But, if you were raised in a tiny town or with parents who eschewed any food that didn’t include the phrase “served with mashed potatoes,” maybe you would have been deprived of this totally delicious sauce.
So, though it might seem obvious, I really think that a recipe for peanut sauce is warranted. Of course, since this is my blog, this sauce skews more towards the spicy and sour than the sweet.
Of course, since this is me, I also remind you to alter the proportions as you see fit.
Thai Peanut Sauce
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter (all natural is best, but use whatever you have in the house)
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
4 Tbs. rice wine vinegar
3 Tbs. low sodium soy sauce
4 scallions, white parts, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp. minced ginger
1 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
1 tsp. brown sugar( omit if the pb you use has sugar in it)
1 heaping Tbs. sambal olek
1/4 cup cilantro, cleaned and chopped
1) Just mix it all together. Let it sit for 30 minutes in the fridge, bring it to room temperature, then taste it again and adjust it for seasonings.
See, it isn’t the most difficult thing. For all I know, it isn’t even authentic. All I know is that this is delicious. Sweet, salty, spicy, a little sour, and nutty. It might sound weird if you haven’t had it, but this is a wonderfully complex sauce, made from stuff you probably have in the house already. You can substitute onions for the scallions, but the scallions add a sharpness that minced onions often lack. This is overtly Asian – bright and complex. Serve it over warm noodles as a sauce, with crudites as a dip, or you can even cook with it. Try marinating tofu in it, then grilling it. You want a recipe? Check back here tomorrow.
And if you haven’t ever had Thai peanut sauce…wow. Your world is about to be rocked.