Easy Dan Dan Noodles Recipe

Dan dan (ish) noodles

  • serves 4-6
  • Easy

This might not be the version you’d get from a restaurant but it’s full of flavour. It has that comforting warmth you crave when you come home and want something delicious yet simple to put together



  • pork mince 400g
  • garlic 4 large cloves, thinly sliced
  • Chinese five-spice 1 heaped tbsp
  • sichuan peppercorns 1 tbsp, finely grated
  • sesame oil 1 tbsp
  • toban jiang chilli bean paste 4 tbsp, (see notes below)
  • chiu chow chilli oil 2 tbsp, (see notes below)
  • fine green beans 200g, each cut into 3
  • dried egg noodles 300g
  • tahini 2 tbsp
  • spring onions 4, thinly sliced
  • toasted sesame seeds a handful


  • Step 1

    Dry-fry the pork mince in a wok or deep frying pan over a high heat for 5 minutes, breaking it down with the side of a spoon. Before it’s fully cooked, add the garlic, five-spice, sichuan pepper and sesame oil, and stir well. Keep moving the mince around for 5 minutes so it begins to crisp up but doesn’t stick. Add the chilli bean paste and chilli oil, and mix well, before adding the green beans and stir-frying for a few minutes to soften.

  • Step 2

    Cook the noodles following pack instructions, then drain, reserving the water, and set aside.

  • Step 3

    Add 300ml of the noodle water to the pork mixture, stir well, add the tahini and stir well again. Simmer until the mixture forms a saucy consistency (add a splash of lukewarm water to loosen, if needed).

  • Step 4

    To serve, plate the noodles and pour the pork mixture over them. Garnish with spring onions and toasted sesame seeds.

Toban jiang is a fermented chilli, soy bean and broad bean paste from China, and chiu chow chilli oil is made from garlic, ginger and chilli – look out for the Lee Kum Kee brand for both, available from large supermarkets and ocado.com.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 429
  • Fat 17.8g
  • Saturates 4.2g
  • Carbs 40.8g
  • Sugars 2.7g
  • Fibre 6g
  • Protein 23.3g
  • Salt 2.2g