Dan Dan Mian

Dan Dan Mian is a classic Szechuan dish with spicy, slightly sweet and sour meat sauce and (usually) wheat-based noodles. The sauce is very aromatic because of the use of ground Szechuan peppercorns, toasted sesame seeds and flavoursome Szechuan hot bean-sauce.

I was inspired to make this dish after I browsed my Chinese Rice and Noodles cookbook from Wei-Chuan cooking school, which is full of beautiful and tasty pictures and easy-to-follow recipes. But I of course added more ingredients here and there, it's just not me if I didn't do so ;).

I ground some toasted sesame seeds to give the noodles some nutty flavour. Some people even use peanut butter. I didn't have chili oil available, so I made my own chili paste by mixing some sesame oil with paprika powder.

Dan Dan Mian

Serves 2

400 g Udon


200 g ground pork


70 g mushrooms (optional)


1 tbs sesame oil


1 clove garlic, minced


1 tbs ground ginger


2 tbs Szechuan hot bean-sauce (or to taste)


1 tsp paprika powder (mixed with 2 tbs sesame oil)


2 tbs soy sauce


2 tbs Shao Xing wine

25 ?

1 tbs Chinkiang vinegar


½ tbs sugar


1 tsp Szechuan peppercorns (toasted & ground)


1 tsp sesame seeds (toasted & ground)


50 g cucumber, julienned


½ cup green onions, julienned



1428 calories

714 calories per serving

What to do:
  • Heat 1 tbs oil in a wok over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add garlic, ginger, ground Szechuan peppercorns and ground sesame seeds. Sauté until fragrant.
  • Add the pork and mushrooms. Cook and stir until the pork is slightly brown.
  • Add Shao Xing wine, paprika+sesame oil mixture, Szechuan hot bean sauce, Chinkiang vinegar, soy sauce and sugar. Simmer for 3 minutes. set aside.
  • Place the (cooked) udon noodles in a bowl and pour some of the meat sauce onto them.
  • Garnish with sliced cucumbers, green onions and chopped chili peppers.

Mix everything together! Add chili oil to your noodles if you want, or even toasted peanuts. The Dan Dan Mian tasted fabulous! Give it a try!

By the way, if you've read my previous post, you know that I was a contestant for Battle Sandwich hosted by DoggyBloggy. Unfortunately I didn't win, I guess this time the God of Luck simply didn't shine upon me ;)! However, I would like to thank all my dear readers who have supported me with their kind comments! If you want, you can check out all the creative creations from the other contestants here.

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  1. Estos platos es que me encantan con todas estas especies, el sesamo . Te ha quedado lindisimo.


  2. awh dan dan mian here normally comes with peanutey, spicy soup base :)

  3. your dan dan noodles looks delicious. dun give up and keep it up, you will sure be the winner in no time!

  4. @ Jose Manuel - Gracias! Gracias! :) Love polishing my broken Spanish with you ...;)!

    @ Rita - That's why I ground some sesame seeds to get some nutty favour ;), maybe I should really try peanut butter next time.

    @ Jess - Hehe, thanks Jess, I know I will ;) (you can slap my face now...;)!!)

  5. Looks delicious and I bet it tasted even better, I think ( ;

  6. @ Wenn - it was delicious...!! Give it a try!

    @ Lisa - Haha, thanks, Lisa. It was very good, I was surprised myself!

  7. Looks wonderful..lovely pictures..

  8. Oh, that dish looks amazing. Your sandwich looked the best hands down. I am sad they decided the best sand. by a random number widget. We should have gotten to vote!

  9. @ Gulmohar - Thanks, Gulmohar!

    @ Sweet & Crumby - Thanks for your support, it's highly appreciated :). Well, it's my first competition ever in the blogging world, just to be positive, at least it's an interesting experience...

  10. I like this, but hardly make it myself...

  11. How insanely delicious this looks! I love making my own Chinese food at home - this is another good one for me to make. I hope I can make it look as good as yours!

  12. I have been looking for a mortar and pestle the Indo style, can find it here hikss.

  13. @ Somewhere in Singapore - I don't make it often as well, but it's worth it when you do...!

    @ Reeni - I am sure you can, it's really not that difficult to make :)!

    @ Pepy - Hey, you can check it out here: tokoindonesia.de, I think they even send their goods worldwide.

  14. Omigod, it sounds really good... Now you have inspired me to make my own :D

  15. That looks look a very tasty bowl of noodles. I could sure do with some right now.

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog. Glad to meet you and follow you back :)

  16. Sauce looks delicious, sure i will try this one.

  17. I love this! The nuttiness of it makes it so yummy!

  18. I like how all the noodles are stuck with the meat sauce in your Dan Dan Mian. Good stuff!

  19. That's such a lovely bowl of noodles. Cute name.

  20. @ Tatabonita - Yes, make one, then tell me how it turns out :).

    @ Biren & Swathi - Thanks Biren and Swathi!

    @ PigPig - Yes, you're so right!

    @ Tigerfish & Mary - Thanks :)!

  21. This really looks good....wondering whether can try it out??

  22. @ Sidney - Of course you can :)! Try it out and let me know how it turns out :)!

  23. I just LVOE those big, fat noodles! The flavors sound amazing, too =)

  24. This look delicious! x gloria

  25. That is a wonderful noodle dish! *drool*



  26. Oh how i love udon mian! Simply delicious.

  27. Looks awesome! The recipe varies across China and even in Japan, so you can always play around with slightly different combinations too! That's the fun part of it...