Dan Dan Mein (Spicy Szechuan Noodles)
- Ready In:
- 12 cloves garlic
- 3 inches fresh ginger
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons water
- 6 green onions
- 1 lb fresh Chinese noodles
Per individual serving
- 2 teaspoons hot chili oil
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground roasted szechuan peppercorns
- 4 teaspoons asian toasted sesame paste
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon granulated sugar
Hot Chili Oil
- 1⁄4 cup hot red pepper flakes
- 1⁄4 cup peanut oil
- Crush the garlic cloves with the side of a cleaver, then peel and chop coarsely.
- Peel the ginger, then dice finely.
- Place the garlic and ginger into a mortar, add salt, then pulverize with a pestle.
- Add the water to the mashed garlic and ginger mixture, stir until well combined, and set aside.
- Chop the green onions very finely, then measure – you will need 4 tablespoons in total.
- In each of four small bowls, place 1 tablespoon of the garlic-ginger-water mixture, 1 tablespoon of chopped green onions, 2 teaspoons hot chili oil, 1/8 teaspoon ground roasted Szechuan peppercorns, 4 teaspoons Asian roasted sesame paste, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and ½ teaspoon sugar, and mix well.
- Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil and cook the noodles according to the directions on the package, until al dente (fresh Chinese noodles usually take from 5 to 10 minutes – don’t overcook).
- Drain, and divide the steaming hot noodles between four plates.
- Each person individually mixes his sauce ingredients together with his noodles.
- For the chili oil: Heat the oil until it is just beginning to smoke.
- Remove from heat, add the hot red pepper flakes, and stir.
- The mixture will foam, and will smell very strong!
- It can be kept for months under refrigeration.
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Very good version of Dan Dan Noodles ... and as you might imagine, by looking at Recipezaar, every region and every restaurant has created its own version. This one is especially nice because the amount of cooking is minimal (only the noodles, unless you have to make the chili oil at the same time), and the taste is very close to what I had in Chengdu. Also, if you have some people who are timid regarding spices while others are adventuresome, the process here let's you alter the spicing for each diner, while other recipes, making the sauce for the table, don't give you this flexibility. Not my favorite recipe (see Fuschia Dunlop's recipe in her book of Sichuan cuisine), but definitely one that I make regularly and enjoy greatly. Well worth having in your repertoire. Thanks for posting, Daydream!
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