RECIPE

Dan Dan Noodles

Ingredients

  • 12 to 16 ounces medium to wide noodles/Ramen noodles/spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, grated or minced
  • A splash dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 rounded tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground Sichuan peppercorns
  • About 1/3 cup chili oil, homemade or store-bought, or to desired spice level
  • 1 cup peanuts with skins, toasted and chopped
  • 1 small bunch scallions, chopped or thinly sliced
  • Sesame seeds, toasted

Preparation

Bring a pot of water to a boil for the noodles and cook noodles to just tender, but they still have a bite. Reserve half a cup of starchy water; drain. 

Heat peanut oil in a wok-shaped pan or large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic and ginger 1 minute then add sherry, stock, soy, peanut butter, light brown sugar and Sichuan peppercorn. Add reserved starchy water and noodles, and toss 1 minute. Remove from heat and toss with chili oil. 

Top the bowlfuls of noodles with peanuts, scallions and sesame seeds and serve. Serve hot or chilled.

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