Dan Dan Noodles

This Delicious, inexpensive and filling recipe serves 6 people for only $3.95 or $0.65 per person.  Dan Dan Noodles are mildly spiced and perfect for the whole family.

Dan Dan Mian or Dan Dan Noodles, famous street food in the Sichuan region of China, get their name from the carrying-pole street vendors use to transport their goods. The mobile vendors would carry noodles and sauce through the neighborhood and sell to customers on the street for very little money; eventually, the name “Dan Dan Noodle” caught on.

There are many variations of the famous Dan Dan Noodles. Most of the traditional recipes I found contain sesame paste, lots of hot chili oil and the Chinese preserved mustard-greens, Ya-Cai

This recipe is my interpretation of the first bowl of Dan Dan Noodles I ever tried. The noodles were loaded with yummy sauce, and ground pork that was pungent and fragrant with what I presumed was fermented black beans at the time although it was most likely Ya-Cai.


I couldn’t find Ya-Cai in my local Asian Market and was very disappointed, because I wanted to season my pork with a fermented flavor, so instead, I used fermented black beans to achieve that extra layer of Umami and I am very happy with the results.

I omitted the sesame paste because the only kind I had on hand was Tahini, which was way too salty. I also lacked high-quality homemade chili oil, the one I have is tasteless and lava hot and adding 2 whole tablespoons, which most recipes call for, would have been overpowering.
I reduced the “death-by-chili-oil” to only 2 teaspoons for the whole recipe which added a nice touch of heat without burning mouths and tongues.

I was also feeding two kids with this recipe and needed to keep it palatable for them.

You can add more or less depending on your preference.

The Noodles, Sauce, and Pork are all made separately and combined right before serving.

You can use any kind of long noodle. I prefer traditional Chinese long noodles although they cost about $2 more than a store brand angel hair pasta, which I also highly recommend as an alternative.

This recipe serves 6 people and only costs about $3.95 or $0.65 per serving!

Someone should put this on a school lunch program right now.

Dan Dan Noodles = Happy Pandas

Enjoy this cheap, easy, and delicious treat my friends.

Dan Dan Noodles

Delicious, inexpensive and filling recipe serves 6 people for only $3.95 or $0.65 per person. These  Dan Dan Noodles are mildly spiced and perfect for the whole family.

Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

Pork Topping

  • 1 Tbsp Neutral Oil Canola or Grape-seed
  • 1 clove Garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 each Scallion, white and green parts thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ginger thinly sliced
  • 8 oz Ground Pork
  • 2 Tbsp Shaoxing Cooking Wine
  • 2 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Fermented Black Beans mashed
  • Salt to taste

Noodles

  • 1 pound Chinese Long Noodles, Angel Hair or Spaghetti

Sauce

  • 2 C Pork or Chicken Stock
  • 4 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsp Chili Oil
  • 2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Zhenjiang Vinegar or Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sichuan Peppercorns roasted and crushed

Garnish

  • 1 each Scallion, white and green parts sliced on a bias
  • 1 tsp Chili Oil optional

Instructions

Make Sauce

  1. Heat chicken stock and add the rest of the sauce ingredients. Stir to combine.

Make Noodles

  1. Bring a pot of heavily salted water to a boil and cook according to the instructions on the package. Meanwhile, make the pork topping.

Pork Topping

  1. In a small bowl combine ketchup and fermented black beans, mash the black beans into a paste with a fork or the back of a spoon. Add Shaoxing and soy sauce. Stir to combine.

  2. Heat a wok, or a medium non-stick skillet, over medium heat.  Add oil to the pan and immediately add the aromatics (ginger, garlic, scallion) while stirring. Continue to stir until you smell the fragrant aroma, approximately 20 seconds. 

  3. Add ground pork to the pan with aromatics. Cook, while stirring continuously, until the color changes to pale. Approximately 3 minutes. Add the ketchup mixture to the pork and stir. Cook until the sauce is reduced and the pork is thoroughly cooked. About 3 minutes. 

Plate

  1. Add 1/3 cup of prepared sauce to the bottom of a bowl and place hot noodles on top of the sauce. Top with pork and garnish with chopped scallions and additional chili oil.  

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