Dan Dan Mein by Sy

READY IN: 45mins


  • 12
    cup small shrimp (fully cooked)
  • 14
    cup preserved vegetables (small package) (optional)
  • 3
    tablespoons dry roasted pistachio nuts (after removing the shells) or 3 tablespoons dry roasted peanuts (after removing the shells)
  • 2
    scallions (cleaned and chopped)
  • 1
    tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1
    tablespoon oil
  • 1
    cup chicken stock
  • 4
    cups chicken stock (optional)
  • 16
    ounces yellow noodles (4 servings fully cooked or other noodles)
  • 2
    tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1
    tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1
    tablespoon red rice vinegar
  • 2
    tablespoons sesame paste (Tahini paste)
  • 18
    teaspoon chili oil (optional)
  • 2
    tablespoons sesame oil
  • 14
    tablespoon granulated sugar


  • Rinse the chili and spices off the preserved vegetables, cut into small pieces, put in a cup and into a microwave for 30-45 seconds, set aside.
  • Toast the sesame seeds in a pan with a little oil, set aside.
  • In a bowl add the dark and light soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame paste, chili oil (optional), sesame oil, granulated sugar, sesame seeds, use a whisk for a smooth sauce, set aside.
  • Bring 1 cup of chicken stock to a low simmer, optional add 4 more cups of chicken stock if you are going to serve Dan Dan Mein with a bowl of hot broth.
  • In a separate pot add 1 cup of the heated stock and 2 cup of water, bring to a boil, add the already cooked noodles and let cook for about 1-2 minutes, then remove the noodles to a colander and run under cold water to stop the cooking, set aside.
  • Place the cooled noodles in 4 individual bowls.
  • Add in the center, some of the chopped scallions and pistachio/peanut nuts.
  • Add the Dan Dan Mein Sauce around the inside perimeter of the bowls.
  • Add some of the preserved vegetables and shrimp around the inside perimeter of the bowls as well.
  • Serve with a bowl of hot broth on the side (optional).
  • Guests can toss the noodles and ingredients in their individual bowl and enjoy!
  • NOTE: A second version, is to put the noodles in a bowl and add hot broth, Dan Dan Mein soy sauce paste, ground pork (instead of shrimp) and other spices for a more soupy dish. A good substitute for the Dan Dan Mein soy sauce paste, is to use a jar of Sichuan Spicy Noodle Sauce which can be found in Asian food stores.