My review is based on the fact that I whipped this up in about 15 minutes with spare ingredients lying around my kitchen (which means I substituted almost everything except the sauce) and it STILL tasted good.
Substitutions I made:
- sweet-potato starch noodles (jjap chae noodles) for the rice ones
- lemon juice from concentrate (the ones that come in those little plastic yellow bottles from the grocery store) for lemon/lime wedges
- sliced almonds for crushed peanuts
- olive oil for butter
- 2 eggs instead of 4
I also omitted the beansprouts, cilantro, green onions, and tofu, because I didn't have any of them...although I bet it would have tasted a million times better with them.
And lastly, I added in chili paste, crushed red pepper and toasted sesame seeds for taste/texture. :)
I was a little apprehensive about adding 3 tablespoons of sugar, but that definitely did the trick. Next time, I might try out honey as a susbstitute, and I'll probably toss in some grilled onions and maybe even some shredded coconut (I have really weird tastes, though, so you probably don't want to try that).
Anyway, good basic recipe. Despite what everyone else said, I thought the sauce was just right for a one-person serving of noodles, and the flavor was authentic (not to mention, it was really easy to make!). I'm looking forward to trying this again with better ingredients.
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My review is based on the fact that I whipped this up in about 15 minutes with spare...