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Peanut Noodles

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From classic ketchup to trendy chili crisp, most people love condiments, and I am no exception.

Sambhal Olek, available at most grocery stores, is a simple, tasty Indonesian hot sauce — and unlike many commercial hot sauces, it has a fresh ground chili flavor with no aftertaste. It can be used to enhance the morning egg scramble, or toss a teaspoon with rice for dinner.

The goal of cooking with condiments should not be to mask flavors but to create a quick tasty meal. This week I am sharing an old favorite family recipe, peanut noodles. This is as simple as cooking in my world goes. During my children’s teenage years, we ate a different version of these noodles at least once a week — I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does.

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