Szechuan Noodles with Chili Oil (Dan Dan Noodles)
Spicy, fragrant, deliciously addictive sauce with perfectly cooked dan dan noodles and a sprinkling of fresh green onion. There’s no other flavour like it! This is a very quick recipe – get a frying pan and a pot of boiling water ready before you start.
Servings Prep Time
2bowls 5min
Cook Time
5-6 min
Servings Prep Time
2bowls 5min
Cook Time
5-6 min
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a hot pan, begin to fry your minced pork. As it begins to fry and bubble, add your soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic chili sauce. Let this cook together until all the pork is fully cooked and beginning to brown slightly.
  2. When the pork looks cooked, add your Szechuan Chili Oil. The chili oil will have a very dark, almost black substance under the layer of bright red oil on the top. make sure that you get some of that dark chili and spice paste in your spoonfuls of this delicious condiment. You may add more or less if you wish – spice is a very personal thing! As you can see from the picture, we like it spicy… Reduce the heat and mix your Chili oil in with your pork. Let it simmer on low while you cook your noodles.
  3. To a pot of boiling water, add your 2 rolls of fresh egg noodles. If you can find fresh Dan Dan noodles at the store, that is ideal. You can also use ramen in a pinch. The noodles will cook very quickly, so keep an eye on them. Give it about 2 minutes, and your noodles will be cooked and floating to the top of your boiling water.
  4. Drain and quickly rinse your noodles with hot water. Set them aside while you portion out some of your sizzling chili pork at the bottom of a big bowl. Add some of your fresh green onion on top of the pork.
  5. Put your cooked, lightly rinsed noodles on top of the steaming pork and green onion. Top with the rest of your green onion.
  6. Some folks will top off their bowl with a ladle full of chicken or pork stock at this point, for a “soup” version of this dish. That’s a delicious option, especially if you are having this on a cold day!
Recipe Notes

Again, we know that this dish isn’t the traditional Dan Dan recipe, due to it’s lack of preserved vegetable. Some folks also add sesame paste or tahini, while others would never do that. What we discovered during our extensive travels through Szechuan province and through China itself, is that there are many variations to the most common dishes, and that is to be expected when so many people have enjoyed these dishes for so long. The absolute key ingredient here is that Szechuan Chili oil – without that lovely blend of spices and the famous flower pepper, the flavour is just not the same! Look for Chinese grocery stores in your city to get the best ingredients for this recipe.

We hope that you enjoy making this very simplified version of Szechuan Noodles with Chili Oil!

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