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Dandan Noodles: Sichuan Spicy Food Quick Recipe

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Dandan noodles is a traditional and quite popular dish in China originated from Sichuan province. It’s reowned for its enticing blend of flavors and textures. These noodles, typically served in a spicy, savory sauce, showcase the essence of Sichuan cuisine with their bold and fiery character. The name “dandan” is derived from the traditional carrying pole (担) that street vendors used to balance the baskets of noodles on their shoulders. The dish features wheat noodles, topped with minced pork, and dressed in a chill oil-based sauce that’s tinged with numbling Sichuan peppercorns. Crushed peanuts and scallions adds a delightful crunch and freshness, while the contrasting sensations of heat and numbling create an unforgettable taste adventure, making dandan noodles a cherished classic in Sichuan culinary heritage.

Sichuan dandan noodles Chinese spicy ramen

  • Main ingredients
  • Fresh wheat noodles 150g
  • Pork 30g
  • Binyi Yacai 10g
  • Noodles dressing
  • Soy sauce 5g
  • Black vinegar 3g
  • Salt 1g
  • Sichuan pepper powder 1g
  • Sesame oil 3g
  • Pork oil (optional) 5g
  • Sichuan red chili oil 10g
  • Stock (or warm water) 15ml
  • Chopped scallion 2g
  • Anise 1
  • Crushed peanuts few

Prepare ingredients

Although, any pork is fine to use for Dandan noodles, pork shoulder butt is the preferred chocie.

Mince the pork, and prepare 10g of Binyi Yacai in a small plate.

minced pork for dandan noodles

Binyi Yacai is a key ingredient in many Sichuan cuisine, especially for dandan noodles. It is made from the stems of mustard plants. You can get ready-to-use one easily online.

dandan noodles binyi yacai

Cook the meat sauce

Heat up the wok with suitable amount of oil, and turn to medium heat. Put in the minced pork and stir-fry until fragrant. (about 30 seconds)

Add 1 anise to the wok, and keep stir-frying until the pork gets dried.

Add 10g of Binyi Yacai to the wok, stir-fry until everything is well mixed.

Put the meat sauce in a plate for later use.

meat sauce for dandan noodles

Cook the noodles

Prepare a pot with water, and bring the water to a boil. Put noodles and vegetables in for around 10 minutes, depending the choice of noodles and vegetables.

Rinse the noodles with cold water to prevent sticking. (optional)

noodles and green for dandan noodles

Prepare noodles dressing

Add soy sauce, black vinegar, salt, Sichuan pepper powder, sesame oil, Sichuan red chili oil, and stock to a bowl, and mix everything well.

dressing for dandan noodles

Final step

In the same bowl, add the cooked noodles and vegetables. Then, add the meat sauce, crushed peanuts, and chopped scallion.

dandan noodles

Now, we have successfully made one of the most popular Sichuan spicy foods, Dandan noodles. Wasn’t too hard, right? Let me know how you like it in the comment below.

You may want to know

There is a key ingredient in Dandan Noodles called Sichuan peppercorns that brings an extra layer of flavor. They are very versatile in Chinese home cooking also included in many other Chinese dishes. Here is a list of best Chinese dishes with Sichuan peppercorns.

Lilith Wong
Lilith Wong
Lilith Wong is a blog writer, food lover, and the founder of Exotic Food China. She lives in a beautiful village in Sichuan with her two cats.
lilith wong

Lilith Wong

Lilith Wong is a blog writer, food lover, and the founder of Exotic Food China.

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