March 18, 2008

Dinner, with an Asian Flair

We love Chinese food so much that we often get take-out once every weekend. While I look forward to certain dishes from our favorite place, it's always nice to be able to make something with the same flavors during the week.

I had already chosen one dish for tonight, Aromatic Noodles with Lime-Peanut Sauce, but I needed something else to go with it. So, this morning before work I decided to quickly look for a sesame marinade recipe to put some chicken in before leaving for work. I have been reading through Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything (on loan from the library so I can decide if I really, really want it), and found a Soy-Sesame Marinade that sounded good.

Since the chicken marinated all day as it defrosted in the fridge, I only had to prepare the "peanutty" noodles. I have to say, when I took a taste of the peanut sauce... well, OH MY GOODNESS, it was so GOOD! I wasn't sure how strong the lime juice would come through, but somehow the flavors worked so well together. This one got a thumb's up from everyone in my family, so we'll be making this one again.

The marinade was very simple, yet it had a wonderful combination of flavors between the soy sauce, ginger and sesame oil. My chicken had a bit of freezer burn on it, so let's just say it was not as pretty to look at as I would have liked... so, no picture of that today. The noodles were much nicer to look at in my opinion!

Peanutty Noodles

8 comments:

Megan said...

This sounds very good and I love the picture! Nice plate. :) I was just looking in the asian section at the store yesterday and thought I should make more asian food. I once took an Asian cooking class but that was so long ago. You inspire me!

Leah said...

Patsy, we must be on the same page -- I was having a wicked craving for something Asian yesterday and ended up making Peanut Lettuce Wraps and Jasmine rice for dinner! It totally hit the spot and I can't wait to have the leftovers for lunch today -- if the sun comes out and I can get some decent lighting I'll shoot them and post the recipe on my blog.

I have that Mark Bittman book -- I think it's a great reference!

Deborah said...

I don't make Chinese at home nearly enough. But now I am really craving Chinese! This meal sounds delicious!

Kevin said...

That looks good and sounds tasty. I really like pasta dishes with peanut sauces.

Jenny said...

This looks and sounds great!! I love Chinese!

Pixie said...

We hardly make Chinese and seem to be stuck on one recipe. I'm truly going to have to venture out and experiment more, peanut butter and lime - i'm thinking perhaps similar taste to pad thai noodles. YUM!

Patsyk said...

Thanks, Megan! Let me know if you give this a try, I am serious when I say that peanut sauce is AMAZING!

Leah - I have got to make some lettuce wraps... I keep reading about them on other blogs lately!

Deborah - thanks!

Kevin - this was the first time I made this type of sauce myself, and I was amazed at how simple and awesome it was!

Jenny - Thanks!

Pixie - I had the same problem, always the same type of Chinese stir-fry, but this one caught my eye. This one is worth trying!

swirlingnotions said...

Wow that sounds good . . . I've always loved the peanut/lime (and even cilantro) combo. It's like the lime lightens the peanut and gives it all a zesty little punch. Yum!

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