Spicy Dan Dan Noodles
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An authentic Dan Dan Noodles recipe with true Sichuan spice! So easy to make at home and inspired by a popular local restaurant we order from again and again. You don’t want to miss this one!
Chinese take out is one of our favorite things in this house. I love the noodle dishes the most and usually can slurp up a whole “serving” all on my own….now, a whole serving of take out is REALLY like 5 servings. But those noodles….they get me every time. Every.Single.Time. Especially if they’re spicy, like these Singapore Noodles which are easy to whip up with leftover pork chops. The only thing better than Singapore Noodles are Dan Dan Noodles……and I can’t believe how easy they are to make….so easy, in fact, I decided to celebrate with a Chinese New Year party! Yep, we party a lot here.
We are not Chinese….not at all. But since I’m a huge fan of Chinese cuisine, I decided to work on perfecting my Dan Dan Noodle recipe…and how perfect it has become. I love the Dan Dan Noodles that they serve at one of our favorite authentic Chinese restaurants so I decided to recreate that dish the best I could. Loaded with spicy flavor from chili oil and Sichuan peppercorn oil, these noodles are not boring in the least. The crumbled, brown pork and kimchi are the perfect match for the creamy sauce….this dish is heavenly. And the perfect “noodle” dish for Chinese New Year! Long noodles are symbolic of a long life and a staple (so, I’ve read) at Chinese New Year celebrations. I rounded out my buffet with Pagoda Mini Egg Rolls, made with all-white meat chicken, (which resemble gold bars) and potstickers (which bring wealth in the New Year). I also served Pagoda Crab Rangoon and Cream Cheese Wontons because they’re just amazing, all a big hit at the party. I purchased the Pagoda products at my local Walmart. Pagoda Chicken Eggrolls a great way to celebrate the 2016 Chinese New Year, year of the Monkey, which lasts from February 7th – February 13th, 2016! While noshing on all the goodies, we sipped green tea out of simple white tea cups I found at a local asian market.
To create a stunning party, I simply covered my kitchen table with a white tablecloth and red runner. Red is a popular color used to decorate because the Nian (a mythical creature) was afraid of the color red. I covered the table with gold coins and red envelopes, which are handed out between adults during the celebration to provide wealth and prosperity. I included a few dragon decorations, chinese lanterns and used my favorite blue and white pottery to serve my dishes. It was a hit and everything was devoured in no time!
Even if you’re just a party of 4 (like us), celebrating the Chinese New Year is a lot of fun with the help of Pagoda products. And don’t forget to check out the Ibotta offer so you can earn cash as you shop for your Pagoda products!
Spicy Dan Dan Noodles Recipe
Skip the take out, Spicy Dan Dan Noodles are on the table faster than delivery.
- 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
- 5 ounces ground pork
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons Kimchi chopped
- 1/3 cup soy sauce divided
- 2 tablespoons sesame paste
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chile oil
- 1/2 tablespoon Szechuan peppercorn oil available at Asian markets
- 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 4 cups flour noodles
- In a large skillet over high heat, heat 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil. Add the pork, cooking until brown and crumbly. Add the garlic, kimchi and 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce. Remove from the heat.
- In a bowl, whisk together remaining 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, sesame paste, remaining 1/3 cup soy sauce, water, chile oil, peppercorn oil, and sugar, and whisk thick and creamy.
- Cook flour noodles according to the package instructions.
- Pour the sauce into an empty serving bowl, add the cooked noodles, and top with ground pork. Toss and serve.