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Article: Spicy Sichuan (Dan Dan) Noodles

Spicy Sichuan (Dan Dan) Noodles

Ideal Wok Pairing: 31cm Wok with Phenolic Handle - Large, non-stick wok with enough space for cooking a large dish.



2.25 litres (4 pints) water

2tsp salt

250g fresh or dried egg noodles

1.5tbsp groundnut oil

3tbsp finely chopped garlic

2tbsp peeled & finely chopped fresh root ginger

4tbsp finely chopped spring onion

375g minced pork

2tbsp smooth peanut butter

2tbsp dark soy sauce

2tbsp chilli oil

2tbsp chilli bean sauce

1tbsp sugar

2tsp salt

175ml chicken stock

1tbsp Sichuan peppercorns, roasted and ground

2tsp sesame oil, plus extra for tossing with noodles

Freshly ground black pepper

Chopped spring onions to garnish


  1. Put water and salt into a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the noodles. Separate noodles whilst they are boiling.
  2. Drain in a colander, run under cold water and leave until cold to prevent them overcooking. Toss with sesame oil.
  3. Heat your wok until hot, then add groundnut oil. When the oil is smoking hot, add the garlic, ginger and spring onions and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the pork, stir well to break up all the pieces and continue to stir-fry for 2 minutes or until it loses its pink colour.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the sesame oil. Season with black pepper to taste and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Return the noodles to the wok and heat for 2 minutes, mixing well. Stir in the sesame oil and mix. Turn onto a platter, garnish with chopped spring onions and serve

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