Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles. Noodles smothered in a mala spicy chili oil, accompanied with hoisin flavoured pork and tangy preserved mustard greens. A delicious dish for dinner or lunch that will truly hit the spot. Ready in 30 minutes with prepared chili oil.
Sichuan chili noodles is a very popular dish that originated as a street food dish in Sichuan, China. It's very popular because it's so flavourful, delicious, addictive and satisfying! What makes this dish so addictive is the mala chili oil that uses Sichuan Pepper Powder. Once you have a bite you cannot stop!
You can source Sichuan Chili Oil at certain Asian grocers or make your own which I share a recipe for! Check it out here.
What does Dan Dan noodles taste like?
The complex and contrasting flavours are what get me every time when I eat authentic Sichuan noodles. Picture those chewy wheat noodles, covered in a light spicy chili and with each bite you get the tangy crunchy sour mustard greens with the savouriness of that sweet soy ground pork.
Is it spicy?
Yes, Sichuan chilli noodles are spicy. Sichuan chili oil has a mala (numbing) taste to it. If you don't like that feeling you can omit the Sichuan Pepper Powder from the sauce and chili oil (if you make my recipe). But even without this ingredient, the dish is spicy so I would recommend adding less chili oil if you cannot tolerate too much spice.
Where do Dan Dan noodles come from?
Sichuan pork and noodles started as street food in Sichuan, China and have become widely popular in China and Hong Kong.
What does Dan Dan noodles mean?
Way back in the day, hawkers would carry the ingredients of dan dan mian on bamboo sticks hence the name "dan" which means "carrying pole".
What are Szechuan noodles made of?
Sichuan dan dan noodles are made of thick chewy wheat noodles, a chili oil sauce that is mixed with soy sauce with a Chinese Five Spice flavour. The noodles are paired with ground pork that is also flavoured with Chinese Five Spice and hoisin sauce. Then pickled sour greens are added to the dish to lighten up the savoury taste of the other ingredients.
Where can I buy some of these ingredients?
You can purchase chili oil at most Asian grocers or make your own! It's really easy and I share my recipe for it here
The noodles for this dish are thick chewy white wheat noodls that you can purchase at Asian grocers in the dried noodle aisle OR you can purchase fresh ones at the Korean grocer in the refrigerated aisle.
Asian grocers will also carry the pickled mustard greens which are found in the preserved vegetable aisle. I purchase mine at T&T.
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For this recipe
You will need the following ingredients for my dan dan noodles recipe:
- 210 grams sour mustard greens chopped
- 1 tsp cooking oil
- 240 grams thick white wheat noodles (for 2)
- 1 tsp cooking oil
- 250 grams minced pork
- ½ tsp garlic minced
- ¼ tsp Chinese five spice
- 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
- ½ tsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp dry sherry wine
- ¼ tsp sesame oil
- 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
- One tsp sugar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- ⅛ tsp Sichuan pepper powder
- ½ tsp garlic minced
- ⅛ cup hot noodle water
- ⅛ tsp Chinese five spice
- ¼ cup Chinese chili oil (homemade or store-bought)
How to make Dan Dan Noodles
In a pan or wok set over medium high heat, add cooking oil. Then add in your ground pork. Break it apart until it is finely broken up and then season with: minced garlic, Chinese five spice, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, dry sherry wine, and sesame oil. Cook until the meat is no longer pink. Remove and set aside.
In the same pan set over low heat, add cooking oil followed by mustard greens. Cook until they are warm, about 2-3 minutes. Remove and set aside
Then in a pot filled with water, boil your wheat noodles for 3-4 minutes and no longer. Strain and divide the noodles into two bowls.
In another bowl, whisk together your noodle sauce.
To assemble the bowl, add the chili noodle sauce over your noodles followed by pork and mustard greens. Give it a thorough mix and enjoy my easy Sichuan noodles!
Give it a try!
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Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles (30-min. Recipe)
- 210 grams pickled mustard greens chopped
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 240 grams thick white wheat noodles for 2 servings
- In a pan or wok set over medium high heat, add cooking oil. Then add in your ground pork. Break it apart until it is finely broken up and then season with: minced garlic, Chinese five spice, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, dry sherry wine, and sesame oil. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, remove and set aside.
- In the same pan set over low heat, add cooking oil followed by mustard greens. Cook until they are warm, about 2-3 minutes. Remove and set aside.
- Then in a pot filled with water, boil your wheat noodles for 3-4 minutes and no longer. Strain and divide the noodles into two bowls.
- In another bowl, whisk together your noodle sauce.
- To assemble the bowl, add the chili noodle sauce over your noodles followed by pork and mustard greens. Give it a thorough mix and enjoy my easy Sichuan noodles hot or cold!