Sichuan Dandan Noodles 四川担担面sì chuān dān dān miàn

FullSizeRenderOne 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)IMG_6698.JPG


  1. Place minced beef/pork in a bowl. Marinate with light soy sauce.IMG_6699.JPG
  2. 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.IMG_6795.JPG
  3. 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.IMG_6797.JPG
  4. Now prepare the sauce. Mix all the sauce ingredients plus 2-3 tablespoons remaining water used for cooking noodles.IMG_6798.JPG
  5. Divide the sauce in the serving bowl. Place onto the equivalent noodles followed by meat topping. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.IMG_6799.JPG
  6. Before serving, give the noodles a good stir until the sauce and meat are evenly combinedimg_6721.jpg



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