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  • Dairy free
  • Lactose free
  • No added sugar
  • High in dietary fibre
  • High in protein
  • 1 serve veg or fruit

These spicy dan dan noodles with succulent pork mince are packed with peanut flavour and is a weeknight dinner winner. It’s easy and ready to eat in 20 minutes.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time10 minutes
  • Prep time10 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 230g Coles Asia Thick Egg Noodles
  • 1 bunch choy sum, coarsely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs finely chopped dry roasted peanuts

Pork mixture

  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp finely grated ginger
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • 500g pork mince

Sauce

  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbs sriracha or chilli sauce
  • 1/4 cup (70g) peanut butter
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice
  • 2 cups (500ml) salt-reduced chicken stock

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 2795kJ/669 Cals (32%), Protein: 38g (76%), Fat: 32g (46%), Sat Fat: 8g (33%), Sodium: 1866mg (93%), Carb: 54g (17%), Sugar: 9g (10%), Dietary Fibre: 6g (20%).

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Method

  1. Step 1

    To make the pork mixture, combine the garlic, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, five-spice and white pepper in a large bowl. Add the pork mince and use your hands to combine. Set aside for 5 mins to develop the flavours.

  2. Step 2

    To make the sauce, whisk the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sriracha or chilli sauce, peanut butter, sesame oil and five-spice in a medium saucepan to combine. Whisk in the stock. Place over low heat and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat.

  3. Step 3

    Heat a large lightly oiled frying pan over medium-high heat. Add mince and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up any lumps, for 5 mins or until browned and lightly caramelised. Remove pan from heat.

  4. Step 4

    Cook the noodles following packet directions, adding choy sum in the last 2 mins of cooking. Drain well.

  5. Step 5

    Divide hot sauce among serving bowls. Top with noodles, choy sum and pork mixture. Sprinkle with spring onions and peanuts to serve.

Recipe tip

COOK. STORE. SAVE.
Clever storage:
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. For the best reheating results and so you don’t end up with soggy noodles for dan dan, it’s recommended to store the noodles, meat and sauce separately in airtight containers so they can be reheated and mixed individually, then topped with nuts and spring onions when ready to serve. 

Here’s how to create spicy Sichuan pork noodles for a tasty midweek meal

If you’re after a quick and easy dinner solution with a nice kick to it then you can’t go past the classic Szechuan (or Sichuan) dish dan dan noodles, made with a spicy and tasty peanut sauce and flavourful pork mince mixture. 

This tasty noodle dish has its origins in the Szechuan cuisine from the province in south-west China that is famous for similarly spicy dishes like mapo tofu and Szechuan beef and, of course, the famous Szechuan peppercorns that give that telltale mouth tingle. 

Sometimes known as dan dan mian, which translates to ‘carrying pole noodles’, this recipe began as a Sichuan street food dish being sold on the streets by hawkers who would carry them on the end of a large bamboo pole, hence the name. The dish has since been brought off the streets and into restaurants across the world and now to home kitchens as well. If you’re thinking of creating a Chinese banquet, don’t miss our entertaining ideas in this collection of easy Lunar New Year recipes.

Here’s why these Sichuan noodles are so popular

There’s no surprise this recipe has gained popularity across the world. The tender, chewy noodles and rich sauce combine to create a wonderful balance of spicy, savoury, slightly sweet and lovely nutty flavours. 

The sauce for this dan dan noodles recipe gets a lovely layering of flavours by using a mix of different ingredients to get the right balance, including hoisin sauce and peanut butter. For a little extra flavour, it also contains Chinese five-spice, which gives it an aniseed edge from the cloves and star anise. Looking for more recipes using Chinese five-spice? Why not try this orange chicken recipe to impress your guests?

The finishing touch for this classic dish is the inclusion of choy sum and spring onions to give the freshness that balances nicely with the spicy peanut sauce. 

If you’re looking for more inspiration, put our easy noodle recipes on the menu for comforting, satisfying bowls to please all. From rice noodle recipes to ramen, soba, egg noodle recipes and more, there's something delicious you'll love to twirl your fork or chopsticks into.

Our tips for the best way to serve up ‘dan dan’ 

The original dish is served with no soup in a small bowl covered in a generous drizzle of pork sauce and pickled vegetables with peanuts and spring onions on top. Often the dish will be served with a good dollop of sauce that can make it almost like a soupy sauce dish with the noodles and meat on top. However, what’s great about this dish is that you can adjust the amount of noodles, sauce and toppings to suit your tastes. As long as you have the staples of noodles, sauce, spring onions and peanuts, the ratio of each is completely up to you. 

Planning a traditional feast during the Lunar New Year? Our easy Chinese recipes are inspired by the enticing flavours of this cuisine and what it’s celebrated for.

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Dan dan noodles

Dan dan noodles
  • Serves4
  • Cook time10 minutes
  • Prep time10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 230g Coles Asia Thick Egg Noodles
  • 1 bunch choy sum, coarsely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs finely chopped dry roasted peanuts

Pork mixture

  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp finely grated ginger
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • 500g pork mince

Sauce

  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbs sriracha or chilli sauce
  • 1/4 cup (70g) peanut butter
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice
  • 2 cups (500ml) salt-reduced chicken stock
    Description

    These spicy dan dan noodles with succulent pork mince are packed with peanut flavour and is a weeknight dinner winner. It’s easy and ready to eat in 20 minutes.

    Method
    1. Step 1

      To make the pork mixture, combine the garlic, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, five-spice and white pepper in a large bowl. Add the pork mince and use your hands to combine. Set aside for 5 mins to develop the flavours.

    2. Step 2

      To make the sauce, whisk the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sriracha or chilli sauce, peanut butter, sesame oil and five-spice in a medium saucepan to combine. Whisk in the stock. Place over low heat and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat.

    3. Step 3

      Heat a large lightly oiled frying pan over medium-high heat. Add mince and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up any lumps, for 5 mins or until browned and lightly caramelised. Remove pan from heat.

    4. Step 4

      Cook the noodles following packet directions, adding choy sum in the last 2 mins of cooking. Drain well.

    5. Step 5

      Divide hot sauce among serving bowls. Top with noodles, choy sum and pork mixture. Sprinkle with spring onions and peanuts to serve.