Spicy Dan Dan Noodles

Super simple
Super simple
Super simple
Super simple
0:25 m

Spicy Dan Dan noodles, a classic Chinese recipe with incredible flavour. It may not be much to look at, but this dish wows the taste buds with its ginger, garlic and 5 spice. The noodles, meanwhile, are great at absorbing flavour and super speedy. Trust us, you'll love this recipe.

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For the noodles

<item-todo-done>1 tbsp toasted sesame oil - plus extra if needed<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp Chinese 5 spice<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> thumb-sized piece of ginger<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>125g mushrooms - we used shiitake<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>200g plant-based mince<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>200g ramen noodles - or whichever noodles you prefer<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>3 spring onions<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 garlic cloves<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> salt to taste<item-todo-done>

For the sauce

<item-todo-done>2 tbsp tahini<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 tbsp soy sauce<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tbsp rice vinegar - or balsamic vinegar<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tbsp toasted sesame oil<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp sugar<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp chilli flakes<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>50ml water<item-todo-done>

To serve

<item-todo-done>2 tbsp sesame seeds<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> chilli oil for drizzling<item-todo-done>

Before you start

Large saucepan of salted water on a high heat l Frying pan on a high heat l Microplane or fine grater

Start with the mince

  • Heat the sesame oil in the hot frying pan
  • Finely chop the mushrooms and add them to the pan with pinch of salt
  • Add the mince to the pan and fry for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly, until you are left with a crispy mixture (turn down the heat if you find it sticks to the pan too much)
  • Slice the spring onions and set aside

Meanwhile, cook the noodles

  • Add the noodles to the pan of boiling water and cook according to the packet instructions
  • Drain and rinse with cold water 
  • Make the sauce by mixing together all the sauce ingredients in a bowl

Return to the mince

  • Peel the garlic and grate it directly into the pan along with the ginger
  • Add the Chinese 5 spice and cook for 1 minute, adding a splash more sesame oil if it looks too dry
  • Pour in a third of the sauce and cook for 2 minutes until the mince is slightly browned
  • Remove half the mince mixture and set it aside
  • Reduce the heat to low while the noodles finish cooking
  • Transfer the cooked noodles to the pan and add most of the spring onion, keeping a handful back for garnish
  • Increase the heat, pour in the remaining sauce and stir well, adding a splash of water to loosen if necessary

Time to serve

  • Divide the noodle mixture between 2 bowls
  • Top with the reserved crispy mince
  • Finish each portion with a drizzle of chilli oil, sesame seeds and the remaining spring onion
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