Southeast Asian inspired peanut sauce


Travelling in Southeast Asia years ago, I ate a lot of gado-gado in Indonesia. It was my favourite thing (along with noodle soup). Basically it's steamed veggies, peanut sauce and usually an egg on top. When I got home, I worked to recreate a peanut sauce that would come close to the amazingness of the ones I had there. It's only in the past year or so, that I've perfected my peanut sauce. We like it just like this, but feel free to tweak it to your own taste. For example, this one is not super, super spicy. If you like more heat, add more chilli sauce. 

Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients

200 grams natural smooth peanut butter
100 grams miso paste (aka miso/white rice)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp powdered ginger or fresh
1 tbsp garlic chilli sauce (I use the one with the rooster on it and no sugar in ingredients list)
Juice of half a lime
1 cup water 

Instructions

1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl except water
2. Add about half the water and combine well. Slowly add more water until desired consistency is reached. I like it fairly thick and use just slightly less than 1 cup. Use a stick blender to smooth out any lumps.
3. Store in the fridge.  I'm not sure how long it keeps because I use it within a week (it calls my name until it's finished). I'd venture to say it would keep for at least 2 weeks or longer. 

What to do with it? More like, what can't you do with it. Personally, I can eat it on anything, but a basic fav is with fried or steamed veggies, rice and some sort of protein. Drizzle a few tablespoons over the hot cooked items right in your bowl and toss or add the sauce to the pan while cooking the veggies or protein. If you add it to the pan, add it near the end as it will evaporate and burn if left on high or medium heat for too long.

*Actually I had these ideas to take photos of all these different dishes I ate with peanut sauce...but sadly (or happily) we ate it all and I didn't get around to taking any. Sorry! You will have to take my word for it that it goes great on pretty much everything (if you like your peanut sauce like I do, it won't last long).

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