Udon Noodles with Edamame and West African Peanut Sauce
Chef JJ presents an environment for connection through food that transcends people, memories, and generations.
Photography by Beatriz da Costa.
Food Styling by Roscoe Betsill
Posted on: 01-2023
In Brazil, there is an African population and a Japanese population that live really close together, and both grew up on udon. West African peanut sauce is the MOTHER SAUCE: peanut butter, tomato paste, tomatoes, French mirepoix, and our special mirepoix. In the end it’s like a pad thai with more frequent flyer mileage in its account.
There’s nothing like eating noodles and pasta when the sauce is really right. West African peanut sauce provides the perfect creamy coating for Japanese udon noodles.
JJ Johnson is a James Beard Award-Winning Chef, TV personality and author known for barrier-breaking cuisine informed by the Caribbean flavors of his upbringing. At FIELDTRIP, his made-to-order rice bowl concept in Harlem and Rockefeller Center, JJ highlights rice as a hero ingredient in globally inspired recipes. JJ is the host of ‘Just Eats with Chef JJ’ on Cleo TV and finalist for the 2022 James Beard Awards ‘Best Chef in New York State’. He serves on the James Beard Impact Programs Advisory Committee and sits on the junior board of Food Bank for New York City, taking action to end hunger.