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Silly question re: rice noodles and peanut sauce

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I was watching Barefoot Contessa the other day and she made a noodle salad with peanut sauce that looked easy and really tasty. As I was purchasing what I could recall from the show a few weeks later, I decided to sub rice noodles for spaghetti. Now I'm concerned that a peanut sauce (peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, oil, ginger) could be too heavy for the delicate rice noodles, and it's sort of a messy and expensive experiment if it's terrible. Should I stop being such a wimp and go conquer these noodles, or should I just give in and use spaghetti? Thank you for talking me through my first homemade peanut sauce!

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  1. Use the rice noodles.

    1. Ditto what SF said above. I assume you're using thin rice noodles here.

      1. definitely rice noodles. Peanut sauce is an asian thing, and they do not use spaghetti. The sauce is strong enough that pasta can stand up to it, but most people I know definitely prefer the rice.

        1. I made soemthing like this for boyfriend the other night. i didnt have any spaghetti in the pantry but some rice noodles, so i figured id try it. i was afraid of the exact same thing. i used slightly less sauce than i would have for regualr spaghetti but it came out great.

          1. Thanks for the responses - I used the rice noodles and it is so flipping delicious I can't even stand myself. The recipe called for a cup of canola oil, and based on reviews I used only half a cup, and decided to substitute chili oil - wooo! Very spicy, but good. I mellowed it out with some more peanut butter and sesame oil, and I think another half cup of oil would have thinned the sauce a little, but overall taste-tastic. Here's a link to the recipe, FYI:
            http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

            1. It doesn't surprise me that this recipe has so much oil and sugar considering the source. If you want to make a sauce from scratch combine two cups peanuts, two cups water, two teaspoons rice wine vinegar, teaspoon kosher salt ( or to taste ), and half a teaspoon sambal ( a chili and garlic paste sold in Asian groceries ) into a good blender and puree. This is a basic sauce you could add to with coconut milk or sesame oil or what have you. I love raw peanut butter but most have too much refined sugar.

              1. The peanut sauce recipes in my Asian cookbooks usually call for noodles that are more like spaghetti than thin rice noodles. For a variation you could try some slightly more substantial Asian noodles, like somen or thin lo mein.