Dan dan noodles , the bastardized version

There is no such thing as soupy dan dan noodles .....

So I'll just give you the bastardized version lol

In this side of the world some Chinese restaurant actually serve dan dan noodles , the soupy version and I've tried it in two different place . The second one that I've tried is nearly similar to the original dan dan noodle recipe except that it's soupy . The bastardized version that I really like is the one with sesame paste or maybe with some peanut butter in there as well ?! Yup , they call it here , dan dan mein . 

What's in a name ?

This recipe is a spin from Martin Yan's dan dan noodles , which I renamed peanut sesame noodles , that I've made few years back . And I've posted this soupy version before but this time I've tweaked it out a bit .

You can actually tweaked this recipe to what suits you best . Reducing the chilli flakes ( and oil ) or omitting it for a kid-friendly noodle soup . Omitting peanut butter and just use sesame paste . Adding more liquid if you want a thinner soup . Or use a different kind of noodle though Shanghai noodles is the best for this recipe .

The soup will thicken as it cools down , so when you've already added it to the noodles , you need to eat it immediately . If there's some leftover soup , you can thin it out by adding more water and/or broth then add salt to taste .

Serves  2-3 

400 grams fresh or dried Shanghai noodles 

2 cups water 
2 cups chicken broth
2 teaspoon chilli flakes
4 tablespoons peanut butter 
4 teaspoons sesame paste
1 teaspoon black vinegar ( Chinkiang vinegar )
1 teaspoon light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
1 teaspoon chilli oil plus more for drizzling
salt , if needed 

2-3 tablespoons chopped peanuts
2-3 teaspoons preserved mustard radish
1 stalk spring onion , choppped

Cook fresh noodles for 3 minutes . Drain , rinse and drain in a colander , set aside .

* In a small ( 3-quart ) saucepan , pour in water and broth then add in chilli flakes . Bring to the boil and cook for a minute . Turn off heat and add in peanut butter , sesame paste , vinegar , soy sauce and five-spice powder , use a whisk to stir ingredients together until well combined . Bring mixture to the boil and simmer over low heat for 3 minutes , stirring constantly and adjust taste . Add in the chiili sauce and give it a good stir . ( If you think that the mixture is a bit thick , add in more broth or water , let it boil again and adjust taste . ) Turn off heat . 

* Refresh noodles with warm water and shake off excess water . Divide noodles into 2 or 3 bowls , pour in the soup , drizzle with chilli oil , top with chopped peanuts , preserved mustard radish and chopped spring onion . Serve immediately .


  1. As I mentioned, I have tried dan dan noodles but never in a soup! sounds interesting, I am saving this recipe for trying out!

  2. Anne, your bowls of Dan dan noodles look so tempting, wish to have a bowl right now!

  3. I actually prefer the soupy version :-)) Looks very tasty!

  4. OMG se ve muy delicioso me gusta una sopa irresistible,abrazos.

  5. Only tried this once a long time ago out of curiosity; it wasn't love at first taste lol!...I much prefer the udon noodles with charsiu:D

  6. Dan Dan noodles are my favorite. This looks like a great recipe. I have even made this thicker and used it as sliders on steamed buns. Just thinking about this makes me hungry!

  7. This bowl of dan dan mien looks so super delicious! I'll give 5***** for it!

  8. Oooo that looks so good right now! Looks like this is the week for noodles eh! Joyce, me and you(yay! noodle gang!)

  9. I have never tried this, but am definitely open to it. This looks SO good!!

  10. This is an interesting soupy noodles! I have not tried making noodles with peanut butter before, though have seen some recipes using it. It looks delicious though, and I would definitely add more chilli flakes!
    Haha, just read Yen's comment, the three of us are on noodle roll this week! :)

  11. Hi Anne! I remember trying this recipe of yours, it was my first time making soup with PB, it was delicious! And you are tempting me again. :))

  12. Hi Anne, love your dan dan noodles.... so delicious. I think I need a bigger bowl. LOL Very impressive pictures.

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.


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