Few dishes can boast the versatility of being delicious hot, cold or at room temperature. Ratatouille and potato-leek soup (called Vichyssoise when cold) come to mind. But perhaps my favorite all-temperature side dish is Oriental Noodles.
This dish is a versatile combination of cooked pasta tossed in a delicious dressing of rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, peanut butter, sesame oil, honey and orange juice. The dressing gets a hint of spiciness from chopped scallions, hot pepper sauce and red pepper flakes.
At my house, this luscious combination is served first as a warm side dish with grilled, teriyaki-marinated chicken or tuna steaks. Then, the leftovers are served cold for an unusual cold pasta salad. Heat up your rangetop or grill to cook marinated chicken breasts while you boil water for the pasta. While the chicken and pasta cook, quickly combine the dressing ingredients. Toss the pasta with the dressing, and serve, topped with the grilled chicken.
Steamed sugar snap or snow peas are the perfect vegetable accompaniment. When dinner is over, dice up the leftover chicken and toss with the remaining noodles and peas for a delicious lunch the next day.
Makes 4 side dish servings.