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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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Dan Dan Noodles (6)

I found this delicious Jamie Oliver recipe a few weeks ago on the internet and have been wanting to try it since then. I am so glad I did because this is one fantastic little noodle dish! I have no idea how close it is to traditional Dan Dan Noodles but I can't say I care because its delicious anyway. I had to substitute a few ingredients as I couldn't get hold of them or had just (typically) run out of them.

As I used a chili paste and wasn't sure how strong chili oil is, I erred on the side of caution and only added 3 tbsp. I think I could have handled 1 more but it was hot enough. Probably best to just stick with your own spice tolerance level!
In the western Sichuan province of China, they make this dish in huge buckets that they carry on poles over their shoulders. “Dan” means pole, so these are, quite literally, “pole pole” noodles. It’s a simple dish, full of soft, silky noodles, lovely veg, some great crispy meat and a wonderful hum from the raw garlic. So there is a load of punchy flavours here, and then, of course, you’ve got the Sichuan pepper and the wonderful chilli.

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Jamie Oliver's Dan Dan Noodles
serves 4 / approx. 340 calories per serve
approx. macronutrient breakdown: 4g fat / 71g carbs / 12g protein

printable recipe

1 beef or chicken stock cube, preferably organic
500g minced beef
2 tbsp runny honey
300g wheat noodles
4 handfuls of mixed green veg (chinese cabbage, sprouting broccoli, bok choy, spinach)
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
3 tbsp dark soy sauce (substitute: teriyaki as I had just run out of soy)
2 tsp freshly ground Sichuan pepper (substitute: 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper)
5 tbsp good-quality chili oil (see note below) (substitute: 3 tbsp crushed chili paste)
2 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced (substitute: 1 spring onion, 1 tbsp fried spring onion)
1 lime, quartered, to serve

Crumble your stock cube into a large pan of water and get it on the heat. Add the beef to a dry pan and, on a medium to high heat, keep moving it around until it’s golden and crunchy, about 10-15 minutes. Pour away any excess fat, then add the honey and toss until all the mince is nicely coated. Cook for about 30 seconds, then take the pan off the heat.
Stir your noodles into the boiling stock and move them about so they don’t stick together. Cook according to the packet instructions. Shred your cabbage into 1cm strips, quarter your bok choy and snap up the broccoli spears. When the noodles have 1 minute to go, throw in the prepared greens to blanch them. Drain the whole lot in a colander, reserving a mugful of the cooking water. Tip your noodles, veg and the mugful of water back into the hot pan.
Add your garlic, soy sauce, Sichuan pepper and chilli oil. Give it all a good mix with tongs and divide between 4 bowls. Sprinkle over the crunchy beef (you can reheat this at the last minute if you like), finish with a scattering of spring onions and serve each dish with a lime quarter to squeeze over. A serious noodle dish.
Note: To make your own chilli oil, get a handful of mixed dried chillies (as many as you like), toast them in the oven to bring out the flavour, whack them in a food processor with a bottle of groundnut oil and pour back into the bottle. This will keep well in your cupboard for a year.

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Thibeault's Table said...

OOOOH That looks delicious. Definitely adding this to my must try list. Thank you.

Ninette said...

Looks great. Can I share something cultural with you? Sticking chopsticks in a bowl is only used in rites of the dead and is associated with death and wishing death upon others. While this is a no no, putting your chopsticks on the side of the bowl or balancing them horizontally is fine. Also, never pass food from chopsticks to chopsticks -- again, another funeral rite where they pass bones.

Zoe Tattersall said...

Hi Ninette, WOW. I have never heard of that symbolism with chopstick before...obviously as it's not like I'm wishing death upon my readers!! Thanks so much for pointing that out to me :)
Is it offensive enough that I should remove the image?

Zoe Tattersall said...

I've removed that image...can't have death wishes in my food...it upsets my stomach! thanks again for pointing it out Ninette :)

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