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Dan Dan Noodles

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Tiffany Vickers
Yield 4 servings
Dan dan noodles is a classic Chinese Sichuan dish featuring a spicy sauce served over noodles. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen fresh wide Chinese egg noodles, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/3 cup dry-roasted peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 (1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 8 ounces lean ground pork
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup thinly diagonally sliced green onions
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Nutrition Information

  • calories 541
  • fat 17.2 g
  • satfat 3.5 g
  • monofat 8.2 g
  • polyfat 4.2 g
  • protein 31 g
  • carbohydrate 66.1 g
  • fiber 3.9 g
  • cholesterol 43 mg
  • iron 1.6 mg
  • sodium 914 mg
  • calcium 54 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook noodles in 6 quarts boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 3/4 cup cooking liquid. Place noodles in a large bowl.

  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add peanuts to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until fragrant. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Combine peanut mixture, soy sauce, and next 4 ingredients (through ginger) in a mini chopper; process until finely ground.

  3. Cook pork and salt in skillet over medium-high heat 8 minutes or until done, stirring to crumble. Add peanut mixture and 3/4 cup cooking liquid to pork; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add pork mixture, juice, and onions to noodles; toss well. Place about 1 3/4 cup noodle mixture in each of 4 bowls; top each serving with 5 tablespoons cucumber and 1 tablespoon cilantro.