We arrived late to our site, too tired to cook and not very hungry for some reason. Perhaps it was the 40 degree temperature and high humidity. So we decided to switch our dinner with the lunch we had planned for the next day. This meant we had a hearty lunch of Peanut Butter Sauce on Udon Noodles.
This meal is an old favorite.
This isn’t a dehydrated meal so we usually have it the first or second day. We prepare most of the meal at home and just assemble it at the campsite.
Feeds 2 hungry adults.
2 x 200 gram packages of udon noodles
1/2 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter or almond butter
2 tbsp tamari
4 tsp crushed garlic
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp brown sugar
3/4 tsp dried crushed red pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (or something else green – we have replaced the cilantro with steamed broccoli when we make this meal at home)
1/2 cup hot water
Salt and Pepper to taste
At Home: Combine the ingredients in a plastic container and seal tightly. Put the container in a Ziploc to make sure you don’t find any leaks when you open your food barrel. We usually keep the cilantro separate because we have this on the first or second night. Also not everyone loves cilantro as much as we do.
On the Site: Boil the noodles in roughly 1 litre of water for 2 minutes. Udon noodles are heavy to pack (because they’re not dehydrated like regular pasta), but they are prepared with just hot water which will reduce your fuel consumption considerably.
Empty the remaining ingredients into a separate pot and stir in 1/2 cup of hot water until the sauce is smooth. Combine the sauce with the noodles and serve. Top with cilantro.
The only real drawback is having to lug the empty container around for the rest of your trip; but there is usually a need for a container at some point.
Note: This recipe is a combination of two recipes – one from a very old book we think it was called “Becoming Vegetarian” and a great book called “Simple Foods for the Pack” by Axcell, Kath and Cooke.