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In Which a Meat-free Lunch is Supremely Tasty and Refreshing…

Cold Asian Noodles

How would you describe something that is far too heavy to be a salad, but is still a touch too light to be a main course?  All I can say is that I simply refer to it as lunch!

This, dear readers, is the Cold Asian Noodles (P 135.00 for a full-serve) dish from Peanut Butter Company.  It consists of wheat noodles cooked al dente and rinsed in very cold water and a dressing that will remind diners of either or both of two things: Indonesian gado-gado and a Japanese wafu dressing.  The shop’s sesame peanut butter is whipped together with what I assume to be a particularly delectable mixture of soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a touch of dark sesame oil – the rich nutty kind whose aroma permeates the dish.

Adding a well-needed crunch is the addition of chilled shredded cucumber and diced tomatoes.  What you get in the end is a yummy amalgam of flavors and textures: sweet, sharp, mellow, soft, crunchy, and nutty all at the same time.

Don’t let the fact that there is absolutely no meat in this dish.  As a lunch main, it does a great job of giving you energy to face the rest of a hectic day because it’s so healthy.  Add a cherry Coke or a cherry Dr. Pepper and you’re definitely good to go.  ;D



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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