Shacha Sauce Noodles
Greetings from Taipei! :D I’m currently part-working and part-holidaying in my favourite city. I’m staying in a studio apartment with a tiny kitchen so look out for some new TW recipes coming from my Taipei kitchen. Since my kitchen is limited, it’s apt that I whip up this shacha sauce noodles (沙茶酱拌面), which is almost as easy and fast to make as instant noodles.
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Cooking from Taipei:
My little kitchen at my studio apartment in Taipei (pic taken on my iPhone).
This recipe is truly easy, just mix shacha sauce with a few simple seasonings in a small bowl. Then toss in some cooked noodles and the noodles are ready! So good on its own, or to go with any side-dish.
Shacha sauce (沙茶醬; aka satay sauce or Chinese barbecue sauce) is everywhere in Taiwan, even 7-11 here sells them. Pictured above is the most popular brand (Bull Head/牛頭牌) in its three flavours: vegetarian, spicy and original. Most people will get the latter two, aka the non-vegetarian types. My favourite will be “mala” (麻辣) spicy version. In Singapore, you can buy shacha sauce (only the big bottles and original version though) at Yue Hwa or Kwong Cheong Thye.
And this is yang chun noodles (陽春麵), alternatively labelled as wheat noodles. It is a well-loved everyday noodles in Taiwan. They are also easy to find in Singapore at our major supermarkets. You can use any favourite noodles though for this dish, even pasta!