Fast & Frugal Recipe: Chilled Noodles With Peanut Sauce

This is my most recent invention modeled after Chinese and/or Thai cuisine, chilled noodles (in this case Ramen) with cucumbers, corn and peanut sauce. This is a great meal for summertime and warm weather days when you don’t feel like eating hot food, and it can be served as an appetizer or entrĂ©e.


  • Noodles – can be Ramen, Udon or even better Somen from the Asian food section of the grocery store
  • Cucumbers (Julienne)
  • Cut corn, if desired

Peanut Sauce Ingredients

  • Chunky peanut butter
  • Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Water

Optional ingredients

  • Boiled, shredded chicken or other meat
  • Sesame oil in the sauce or rubbed on the noodles
  • Sesame seeds to sprinkle on top of complete dish

Preparation Directions

  1. Cook and drain noodles.
  2. Chill the noodles by
    1. Rinsing in cold water, or
    2. Rubbing sesame oil on noodles and refrigerating.
  3. Mix the sauce
    1. Warm up the peanut butter (on stove or for 20 seconds in microwave.)
    2. Mix vinegar, sugar and a little water to preferred taste – should have a sweet & sour flavor.
    3. Chill if desired.
  4. Layer chilled noodles on bottom of plate.
  5. Layer cucumbers and corn over noodles.
  6. Pour peanut sauce over all.
  7. Optional: Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

That’s it. Bon appetit!

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