2Meanwhile, put all remaining ingredients except the vegetables in a small bowl or even coffee cup. Add enough water (start with a 2-3 tablespoons) to stir. If using Skippy, Jiff or similar major brand peanut butter, reduce the sugar. Likewise, if you’re using sweet chili sauce, reduce the sugar. If using hoisin sauce, reduce the soy accordingly.
3Using a fork or whisk, stir until you get a nice peanut sauce consistency. I like mine thick enough to stick to the noodles. Add more water if you need. Stop, taste, and adjust seasonings. No, you don’t need to cook this peanut sauce.
4If you’re really feeling lazy, you can toss your uncooked veggies (carrots, broccoli, for example) in with the noodles a few minutes before they’re done (be sure to time this right and don’t overcook). This also saves dishes. Otherwise you can steam the veggies separately.
5Drain the noodles and veggies. Put ’em in a bowl. Artfully pour peanut sauce over noodles and veggies. Eat. Enjoy.
Finding the absolute best ingredients such a big part of Chef Antoine Westermann’s culinary career and the main drive behind all of his expertly crafted dishes. His relationship with farmers and purveyors are critical to his work as a chef. While visiting one of his providers in New York, the French chef describes his efforts to find the best local ingredients for his restaurant.