Quick Dan Dan Noodles

A Chinese dish from the Sichuan province known for its famous pepper and traditionally spicy dishes, this is super tasty and a real crowd pleasure. Use wholemeal noodles to make this dish a little healthier! 

Serves 2 large or 3 smaller portions 

Takes: 10-15 mins

Ingredients;

Sauce ingredients

2 Tbsp sunflower oil

1 Tbsp sesame oil

4 Tbsp Tamari

4 cloves garlic

1 tbsp chilli flakes

1 Tbsp sesame seeds

1.5 tsp finely ground black pepper

2 Tbsp coconut sugar or brown sugar 

2 tsp rice wine vinegar 

1.5 Tbsp Tahini or nut butter of choice

 

300g whole wheat noodles - 6 nests

150g mushrooms - finely chopped

40g  chopped cashews

1 pack of tenderstem broccoli or simply use broccoli- 220g 



Garnish;

30g Chopped roasted cashews

1 Tbsp Sesame seeds

2-3  scallions 

 

Method;

  • Cook noodles according to pack instructions and also add the broccoli to the noodle water to cook while the noodles cook. Reserve some cooking liquid to thin the sauce out later on. 
  • Peel and finely chop the garlic.
  • Into the blender add all the sauce ingredients and the chopped garlic until nice and smooth.
  • Finely chop the mushrooms. Heat a wide bottomed non stick pan on high heat for 2 mins and add 1 tsp of oil and add the finely chopped mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes over high heat until the mushrooms release their liquid, add 4 tbsp of the sauce and cook and spread the sauce well so the mushrooms soak the sauce up and get nicely charred. Remove the mushrooms from the pan and set aside.
  • Heat the pan over a high heat, when hot remove the broccoli or tender stem broccoli from cooking with the noodles and add to the pan and reduce the heat to medium ,we are aiming to get a nice char on the broccoli, cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and roughly chop into thirds.  
  • Finely chop the scallions/spring onions
  • Add  5-6 tbsp of noodle water and the remaining dan dan sauce to the pan to loosen the sauce and heat it, add the noodles and heat through. Transfer to serving bowls, top with the mushrooms and broccoli to the side. Sprinkle with chopped cashews and toasted sesame seeds and scallions and enjoy!

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