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Spicy Dan Dan Noodles

Spicy Dan Dan Noodles
Spicy Dan Dan Noodles

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.


Before you start

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



  • 1 tbsp sesame oil, plus extra if needed 125g mushrooms (we used shiitake) 200g plant-based mince
  • 3 spring onions
  • 200g ramen noodles (or whichever noodles you prefer)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • chilli oil, for drizzling
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Salt

For the sauce

  • 50ml water
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes


  1. 1.

    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 • Mix 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 • 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

    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