I don’t know where to begin with this other than to say that this is the sauce to replace all sauces for any asian dish, salads and other dips. You can add it to something healthy (like a tofu stir fry*) or slather it on something like fries or dip stuff — or cars, according to my older boy, because cars are pretty much the answer to everything these days!.
You can play around with proportions depending on how spicy you like it, adding more chilies, milk or coconut milk instead of water to thin it, adding in some chopped peanuts, cilantro or whatever other flavors you enjoy.
The essence of this recipe seems to be: I made peanut sauce, I hope you like it. Figure it out on your own! Does it seem lately that my recipes are vague? Hmm, anyone else but me, got the feeling I am being lazy here? Well,if so I am sorry and offer this as an explanation: I am starting work in a few weeks after a year on maternity leave and am feeling like everything around me is coming to a crashing halt before some wort of explosion occurs!
This sauce did make me feel better though, so that’s a start!
prep time: 5 min tops
about 4 tbsp peanut butter**
2 tbsp water
1 small dried chili
1 cm fresh gingerpeeled and grated
splash of soy sauce
juice of 1 lime
a few drops or more toasted sesame oil
Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan, heating it up gently until it comes together. You can add more liquid if you want your sauce to be thinner, or less if you want it more as a spread/dip.
* The stir fry you see in the picture is simply green onions heated up with sunflower oil in the wok, cubed tofu added in and fried until slightly crispy and raw broccoli florets, tossed in at the last minute. I added a splash of lime juice to keep the green color of the raw broccoli.
**I use natural peanut butter, which is basically pure peanuts, ground to a paste. It has no additives, salt, sugar or other oils in it and it’s a source of good proteins and fat. In Europe, you can find it in health food stores and just like ‘normal’ PB, it comes in creamy or crunchy versions. Of course, you could also use regular ‘american style’ peanut butter if you prefer. This kind is super-processed and not very good for you, the taste is a little more kind though!