Photo by Joe Rudko/The AS Review

Photo by Joe Rudko/The AS Review

Shawna Leader and Allison Milton/The AS Review

Any time I eat at a restaurant, my first thought it always, “How can I replicate this at home?”  Some people (not you, of course) think that some kind of magic takes place in the restaurant kitchen, where expertise and ingredients so good they can’t be sold in stores come together to make perfect dish after perfect dish.

But while chefs do undergo several years of training and are usually very talented, you can make restaurant-worthy dishes in the comfort of your own kitchen. This peanut sauce, which goes with anything from stir fry vegetables to noodles to meats, is a good place to start. It requires very little preparation, and all the ingredients are available in stores—no magic required.

What you’ll need:

8 oz. rice noodles, cooked; 2 tablespoons soy sauce; 1 teaspoon cornstarch; ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (use less to reduce spice); 1 garlic clove, minced; 1 tablespoon lemon juice; ½ cup hot water; ¼ cup peanut butter

How to do it:

1. Whisk together soy sauce, lemon juice, cornstarch, garlic and pepper flakes.

2. In a small saucepan, combine peanut butter and water. Stir in soy sauce mixture and bring to a simmer over medium heat until the mixture thickens.