Friday, January 7, 2011

Dan Dan Mien (Noodle)

This is my favorite version of the popular Dan Dan Mien. It’s a classic Sichuan spicy noodle that makes a perfect winter time meal! This common street food is usually prepared with pork or beef; but, I decided to use chicken instead which tastes just as delicious. Just make sure you mix all the ingredients well to ensure the spicy, salty, sweet, and nutty flavors of the meat and sauce are meshed to the delicious noodles. Add some garnishing on top before serving and you have a hearty bowl of noodles. Enjoy! :)

UPDATED: December 28th 2013
This is an updated post with a new video cooking guide.

Dan Dan Mien( Noodle)


450 g Dried Wheat Noodles, cooked according to manufacturer instructions
Baby Bok Choy, blanched (optional)
Fresh Coriander Leaves, chopped (optional)
Chinese Celery, chopped (optional)

Meat Topping
380 to 400 g Ground Chicken Breast/Pork/Beef
3 to 4 Tbsp Peanut Oil
1 tsp Sichuan Peppercorn
100 g Preserved Vegetables (Sichuanese Ya Cai or Tianjin)(I used Tianjin preserved vegetables from Sumiyacai brand)
½ tsp Ground White Pepper
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce

1 Tbsp Peanut Oil
1 tsp Sichuan Peppercorn
3 Cloves Garlic, chopped (about 1 Tbsp)
½ inch Ginger, finely chopped (about 1 Tbsp)
4 Stalks Scallions (Green Onions/Spring Onions) white part only, chopped (reserved the green part for sprinkling)
2 ½ Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
5 Tbsp Chili Oil with sediment
2 ½ Tbsp Sesame Paste


Heat a wok or skillet over high heat and add the peanut oil. Add the peppercorns and stir-fry until fragrant and mix in the preserved vegetables. Stir-fry the mixture for about 15 seconds. Then add in the ground chicken and continue to fry until the chicken is cooked. Add the white pepper, soy sauce, and dark soy sauce. Stir-fry the meat mixture until browned and crisp. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a wok or saucepan over high heat, add peanut oil and mix in the peppercorns. Stir-fry until fragrant and add garlic, ginger, and scallions and stir-fry for about 30 to 40 seconds. Reduce the heat to low, mix in the soy sauce, dark soy sauce, chili oil, and sesame paste and simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve the noodle: Divide the noodles among 4 to 6 bowls, add the sauce, meat mixture and mix together. Top with vegetables, chopped scallions, or coriander, Chinese celery and serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 6


  1. This looks so appetizing, especially the first photo!

  2. This look so good! The recipe seems a bit intimidating but when I look through the ingredient list I actually have almost everything at home already. I think I could do this :)

  3. this looks divine! noodles of all kind are my fav! thanks for sharing angie!

  4. This looks so delicious. your photo looks so appetizing.

  5. On my way to the kitchen now! We are having this for lunch. I have some ground turkey I need to cook and this will be perfect! ~Leslie

  6. Yum yum yum! Wish I had all the ingredients to make that for dinner. Looks so amazingly good.

  7. @The Chef In My Head: Enjoy! Btw, nice avatar (logo).

  8. I am confused, for the ingredients for the sauce no peppercorns are mentioned, but your instructions require peppercorns to be added to the oil when you make the sauce, as well when you brown the vegetables and meat. Could you clarify please? The recipe sounds marvelous and I don't want to mess it up.

  9. @Marlis: Oops! I missed out the Sichuan peppercorn. Thanks.

  10. MMM...I'm in love with the dan-dan noodles at Myers and Chang and it sounds like this is pretty similar based on the ingredients. I'm going to file this recipe for the next time I'm craving some asian noodles!

  11. Looks delicious...hungry just gazing at it from the Window.. slurp slurp:)

  12. Love Dan Dan Noodles! Nothing like having spicy noodles on a cold day! Will be sharing this on my site!!

  13. I've never had this dish, but it sounds absolutely delicious!

  14. That dan dan mien looks really tasty!

  15. I am a writer for the German edition of "The Epoch Times" newspaper and would like to publish the picture of your delicious-looking Dan dan mian in my next article. Would you send me the high-res files of the first two photos on this page? Of course i would credit them accordingly. Thank you! Meilin

  16. Hello Angie.

    I've been following your food blog for quite a while and tried some of your recipes. They taste good all thanks to simple and clear instructions. However, there are some ingredients that I'm not familiar. For example, sesame paste. Instead of getting a jar from Asian groceries store, is it possible for me to do it myself or substitute it with some other ingredient?

    Thanks so much.

    1. Thanks for your comments and support. There's no substitute for the sesame paste in this recipe. The paste came in a small jar, and inexpensive too.

  17. I think someone borrowed your dan dan noodle picture:


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