The recipe for the flank steak consisted of salt and pepper....I wanted the flank steak to have a flavor that would compliment the noodles so I elected to use our tried and true favorite flank steak marinade that has lemon, soy sauce and wine in it. You can take a peak at it here.
Sometimes those things that are anticipated are a big disappointment, as this was to me. I expected a hint of peanut, a touch of sweet coconut and the bite of the spicy Thai curry paste. Sadly, it was as though I had a teaspoonful of peanut butter with each bite. The peanut butter was so overpowering that there were no other flavors...not even the spicy Thai curry paste that I thought was going to give this dish a punch.
My youngest had dinner with us...she was less than impressed as was Mr. T. It is a good thing that the flank steak was perfect! My oldest daughter pointed out that America's Test Kitchen doesn't usually have recipes that are very spicy as most folks don't like spicy foods. Well, I wasn't too tickled with a bowl of peanut butter for dinner either!
I will keep searching and just maybe I will find the right recipe! If you have a recipe that you think might fit the bill, let me know.
Spicy Peanut Noodles
Simple Weeknight Favorites by America's Test Kitchen
1/2 cup light coconut milk
1/4 cup lime juice (2 limes)
3 Tbsp fish sauce
4 tsp Thai red curry paste
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp sugar
1 (9 oz) package fresh Chinese noodles
Salt and Pepper
4 scallions, sliced thin on bias
Bring 3 quarts water to boil in large pot. Meanwhile, process peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce, curry paste, garlic and sugar in blender until smooth, about 15 seconds.
Add noodles and 1 Tbsp salt to boiling water and cook until tender. Drain, run under cold water to cool, and drain again. Return noodles to pot, add 1/2 cup peanut sauce and scallions, and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
I am sharing this week at Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen's Country Cottage, Friday's Favorites hosted by Sandi at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking, and Foodie Friday hosted by Michael at Rattlebridge Farm.