Saturday, April 16, 2011

N is for Noodles

When I first graduated from university, I bought a little cookbook called "Chinese Meatless Cooking."  I have used it a ton of times and especially like this noodle recipe.  It is called "Szechuan-spicy Noodles or Dan-Dan Mein."  This has a good bite to it and the a nice full flavour.  Be warned that once you start eating these noodles, it is really hard to stop.

This is my version of that recipe:

Szechuan-spicy Noodles or Dan-Dan Mein

3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp of minced garlic...or more is good
1 tsp of sambal oelek or chili paste (I use either, depending what I have on hand)
1 tbsp olive oil
 1/2 pkg  of Chinese noodles - I use the ones that come 6 to a pack - use 3 squares

Combine all the ingredients, except the noodles, in a small bowl or measuring cup.  Set aside.

Boil water.  Add noodles for about 2 minutes max.

Drain and put into large bowl.  Pour sauce on top and mix well.

Serve hot or cold.  Delicious either way.

I have made this recipe for years.  As long as you keep the proportions reasonably close it will be fine.  I use either rice vinegar or plain white vinegar interchangeably and both are fine. The sesame oil is important to the flavour and I wouldn't leave it out.



  1. I'm a terrible cook, but this looks like it could be fairly simple? I may just give it a go when Himself isn't around, that way I can bit it quietly bin it if it goes haywire :) Thanks for your comments!

  2. These sound delicious. I like to make similar noodles on occasion and will often throw a bit of Korean bbq sauce in as well, it adds a lovely deep rich flavour.

  3. I will be adding this to my "to try" file, it looks great! Super easy and with those ingredients it would have to be super tasty.

  4. Laura - this is a great recipe for someone who doesn't cook a lot. Just don't overcook the noodles and you will be fine!

    Hmm - I might have to try that for a new variation, Barb.

    Mercy - really is easy - great to take to a potluck because it travels great!

  5. I love sesame oil. This one looks like a winner!

  6. Sounds good! I'm stopping by from the A to Z challenge and I look forward to reading more from you.

  7. thanks for the noodle recipe! :)