One of the most popular Chinese street foods originally from Sichuan. The noodles are served in a savory, spicy broth topped with crispy ground meat and peanuts. Simply stir everything together with a pair of chopsticks to coat the noodles with a bit of everything and slurp! The numbing, smoky, spicy sauce will shock your taste buds, leaving you craving for more! There are so many variations for the recipe. I am not sure this is the most authentic one but it is certainly the easiest way to put together a yummy and satisfying meal.
Serves 2 dinner, 4 for a street snack
200g dried Chinese flour-and-water noodles
For the meat topping:
- ½ tablespoon light soy sauce 生抽
- 100g minced beef or pork肉末
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 3 dried chilies, roughly cut
- ½ tablespoon mince garlic蒜末
- ½ tablespoon minced ginger葱末
- 2 tablespoons Sichuan Ya Cai宜宾芽菜
For the sauce
- ½ teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn powder花椒粉
- 2 tablespoons sesame paste芝麻酱
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce生抽
- 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce老抽
- 2 tablespoon chili oil (optional)辣椒油
2 tablespoons roasted peanuts, roughly chopped (optional)
Chinese green vegetable (optional)
- Place minced beef/pork in a bowl. Marinate with light soy sauce.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok over a moderate flame. But the oil is hot but not yet smoking, turn to medium heat, add minced garlic and minced ginger, fry for 1-2 minutes, add dried chilies until fragrant. This does not take longer than 2-3 minutes. Add Ya Cai and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add the meat and cook for another 2 minutes. The meat topping is done. Transfer it to a bowl.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil over HIGH heat and cook the noodles to your liking, then drain them well – depending on the types of your noodles, the process takes no more than 10 minutes. You can use the remaining water to blanch the Chinese green vegetable.
- Now prepare the sauce. Mix all the sauce ingredients plus 2-3 tablespoons remaining water used for cooking noodles.
- Divide the sauce in the serving bowl. Place onto the equivalent noodles followed by meat topping. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.
- Before serving, give the noodles a good stir until the sauce and meat are evenly combined