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Dan-Dan Noodles

Oh boy this is a spiiiiiiiiiicy dish.......but it's so darn goood, you'll be going for another bite again.......and again......and again.   If you like spicy food, Sichuan dishes and, of course, Dan Dan noodles, then this is YOUR recipe.   Add whatever green veggies you like.....spinach, green beans, snap peas (my personal fav).   Now, I'll be honest with you for a minute.  This is not a quick and easy recipe.  Weelllll.....it's easy, but not quick.  And you will have to head off to your local Asian speciality market (if that's not possible, you can find all the hard to find ingredients online).

But, if you put in the effort, I PROMISE you it will pay off in SPADES!

In case you can't find Sui Mi Ya Cai in your grocery store, you can purchase it here(I don't get anything if you click this link.....just want to provide it so you can make the dish)

Comment below and let me know what you think!  And if you make this recipe, tag your pics #amenuforyou.  I love seeing what's cooking in your kitchen from A Menu for You!
Adapted from The Woks of Life

Dan-Dan Noodles

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Serves: 4 Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Chili Oil:
  • 2 tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 inch-long piece of cinnamon
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cup oil
  • ¼ cup crushed red pepper flakes
  • For the Meat and Sui Mi Ya Cai:
  • 3 teaspoons oil
  • 8 oz. ground pork
  • 2 teaspoons sweet bean sauce or hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons shaoxing wine (you can find this in your local Asian grocery store)
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon five spice powder
  • ⅓ cup sui mi ya cai (preserved veggie -- it's available online or in your local Asian market)
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons sesame paste (tahini)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon five spice powder
  • ½ teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn powder (grind whole Sichuan peppercorns in a mortar and pestle)
  • ½ cup of your prepared chili oil (scary, but yes! -- you can add 1/4 cup if you want to cut a bit of the spice, but I say "embrace the spice")
  • 2 cloves garlic, very finely minced
  • ¼ cup hot cooking water from the noodles
  • For the Noodles & Veg:
  • 1 lb fresh or dried white noodles, medium thickness
  • 1 small bunch leafy greens (spinach or bok choy -- you can also substitute green beans or snap peas)
  • chopped peanuts
  • chopped scallion
  • lime wedges

Instructions

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