Dan Dan Noodles | Recipe

This is one of my favorite dishes to serve and order at restaurants. The dish is served un-mixed, with pristine white noodles laying under a saucy pork serving and veggies decorating the side of the dish. The eater then gets to excitedly mix this dish together and watch the noodles get thick with spicy sesame + chili oil sauce— and probably get a stain or two on their shirt, especially if they’re like me and bravely wearing a white shirt while eating this dish. It’s spicy, savory, sesame goodness smothered carbs.

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this is delicious.

What I also love about this dish, is you can really season and flavor it as your own. I added some Taiwanese flair to mine, but this dish is yours to mix + match!

What’s In It:

  • your choice of noodles, we usually choose a dried white noodle for this dish

  • vegetable for health if desired, we like bok choy with this dish

  • crushed peanuts (you can crush with a little sugar if you like!)

  • chopped scallions


  • black pepper to taste

  • 1 lb ground pork

  • 1 tbsp sweet bean sauce

  • 1 tbsp shao xing wine

  • 1 tsp black rice vinegar

  • 1.5 tsp dark soy sauce

  • 1/2 tsp five spice

  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder

  • 2 star anise

  • 1/2 cinnamon stick

  • if you love spice, you can throw in a couple of chopped bird’s eye chilis


  • 1/2 tsp crushed sichuan peppercorns

  • 1.5 tbsp sesame paste

  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced

  • 1/4 tsp five spice

  • 1/4 cup chili oil

  • 1 tsp soy sauce

  • 1 tsp sugar or grated brown candy

  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder

  • splash of noodle water if the sauce consistency is too thick

How to do it:

  1. Mix the pork with all of the marinade ingredients and marinate for 15-20 minutes.

  2. Throw the pork marinade + meat into a wok on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, then simmer until the pork is golden brown in color.

  3. If you’re adding veggies, you can stir-fry them with the pork or blanch them. Set aside.

  4. Mix the dan dan sauce together.

  5. And assemble! You can add some crushed peanuts and any additional chili oil on top! :)

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