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Dan dan noodles in a bowl with chopsticks holding up some of the noodles

Absolutely Addictive Dan Dan Noodles!

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One bite of these Dan Dan Noodles and you will be addicted! So good you'll want to enjoy these daily with your best pair of chopsticks!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Chinese, Sichuan
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Skillet (cast iron if possible)
  • Saucepan for cooking noodles

Ingredients
  

Noodles

  • 4 servings noodles use thin wheat noodles if possible; serving size is approximately 75g per person (around 2.5 oz)

Pork Topping (4 servings - divide into 1/4 per serving)

  • 1/2 lb pork mince
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Sichuan peppercorn coarsely ground
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce can also sub regular soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup Su Mi Ya Cai finely chopped; can omit if you do not have this item

Dan Dan Sauce! (4 servings - divide into 1/4 per serving)

  • 3 tbsp Chinese sesame paste can also sub peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp light soy sauce can also sub regular soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp Sichuan peppercorn coarsely ground
  • 2 tbsp black vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp chili oil I used Fried Chili in Oil by Lao Gan Ma; can reduce or increase the amount to suit your tastes!
  • 2 tsp minced garlic

The Finishing Touches

  • 1 cup chicken broth warmed; divide into 1/4 per serving
  • green onions sliced as garnish
  • peanuts chopped/crushed as garnish

Instructions
 

Pork Topping

  • Heat the oil in your skillet on medium high. Once the oil is hot add the pork, 1 1/2 tsp of ground Sichuan peppercorn, garlic, sugar, and dark soy sauce. Combine ingredients and stir constantly until cooked through (around 2-4 minutes).
    minced pork, garlic, and various seasonings in a cast iron pan
  • Right at the end add the Shaoxing rice wine and Su Mi Ya Cai. Stir well to incorporate and set aside. You may want to leave this on a very low heat to keep warm.
    Minced pork and su mi ya cai

Dan Dan Sauce!

  • Add all sauce ingredients into a small bowl, mix well, and set aside.
    dan dan chili sauce in a white bowl with a spoon

Make The Noodles

  • Cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain well and set aside.

Assemble Your Masterpiece!

  • For each serving, place 1/4 of the Dan Dan Sauce into your noodle bowl. Top with one serving of noodles, and then 1/4 of the pork mixture. Add 1/4 cup warmed chicken broth to each bowl, and garnish with scallions and chopped peanuts.
    Dan dan noodles topped with pork mixture, scallions and peanuts in a white bowl

Notes

Get ready to enjoy this mouthwatering dish!  Mix everything well, so that the Dan Dan Sauce is combined with the noodles and pork.  Slurp slurp away! 
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