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Dan Dan Noodles

4 Servings

1½ hours 50 minutes active

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Sichuan dan dan mian is a spicy ground pork and sesame sauce served over a tangle of wheat noodles. We use a few Chinese staple ingredients—oyster sauce, hoisin and chili-garlic sauce—to build big flavor. Preserved mustard greens are a common addition to dan dan noodles; for ease, we instead make a quick pickle with bok choy and stir it in at the end. You can use just about any variety of dried Asian wheat noodles as long as they’re sturdy enough to stand up to the sauce.




Don’t forget to rinse the noodles after cooking and draining so their excess starch doesn’t make them overly sticky. Tossing them with a couple teaspoons of sesame oil will help prevent them from clinging together so that they’re easier to portion.

1½ hours

50 minutes active


  • 10

    ounces dried Asian wheat noodles, cooked, drained and rinsed

  • 2

    tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil


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John M.
May 30, 2023
Dan Dan Noodle Sauce
If I were to make this using your Dan Dan Noodle Sauce, how much sauce would you recommend I use? I can't ask this question without giving a rating, so 5 stars in advance. Thank you.
Melissa R.
July 29, 2022
Made this last night and it was excellent. I cut the chili garlic sauce in half to make sure my 5 year old and non-spicy-handling husband could enjoy. Both loved it. I only had rice stir fry noodles so I used those and they worked well.
Janine W.
June 16, 2022
So Good!
Just made this tonight. The whole family ate it. Not that difficult. Will definitely include this in my dinner rotation.
James B.
May 25, 2022
What did I just experience?
Oh my goodness! This was a great dish. Just the right amount of flavor with nothing more to add. My wife and I had 2 servings. The pickled bok choy is everything!!! Definitely will bring this back to the dinner table.
Jeremy J.
April 30, 2023
Delicious and different
We really enjoyed this: it's quite different from other dan dan noodle recipes we've made (or eaten at restaurants) but had good flavor and texture. We did make some changes: we like spice, so upped the chili-garlic sauce to 2 TBS, we chopped the bok choy more finely, and we garnished with some chopped peanuts and a few more sesame seeds, because the crunch is a nice complement to the noodles.
Leslie S.

Do youhave a version of the DanDan Noodles that is NOT for an Instant Pot?

Janelle C.

At this time we do not.

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Robin E.

I am very excited to have this opportunity to try my hand at some of the delicious recipes your team puts out, thank you
Robin Edwards


I made this tonight and it was a very satisfying dish.

Kevin H.

Would this work with something other than pork, such as ground turkey?

Janelle C.

Hi Kevin,

Because turkey tends to be a drier protein if you'd like to make this swap be sure to select a pack with a higher fat percentage than you'd normally.

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Jacqueline R.

Milk Street you've done it again. Another fabulous recipe that I will be making again. Absolutely delish.

Stacey T.

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Jennifer B.

am honestly confused about the role of the instant pot in this recipe. so complicated! I just made it in a saucepan and it was terrific. can't figure out how an instant pot or pressure cooker would have made it any better. also great use for udon noodles.

Lynn C.

H Jennifer -

This recipe is from our book, Milk Street: Fast & Slow, an Instant Pot cookbook of around 130 recipes. Readers love their Instant Pots and are eager to make lots of different types of recipes in them and this is one of them. We are so glad you made it on the stovetop and that it worked just as well!

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Milk Street S.

Like Jennifer B, after reading the recipe through a few times I couldn't figure out how the instapot was making my life any easier in this particular case. Made it in a skillet. The flavors are nice, but can't really reconcile the name with the resulting dish.

Dandan noodles can be drier - like this recipe- or more soupy, what I am used to seeing both in China and in Los Angeles Sichuan spots. However, don't think I have ever seen the dish without chili oil (although the chili garlic sauce is nice), Sichuan peppers, pickled vegetables, sesame paste, scallions, etc. Some Milk streets recipes seem to aim for authenticity, and others for just inspiration -and this version of DanDan noodles seems to be the later.

MIchael H.

We enjoyed this. I can't deal with a lot of Szechuan super-spicy foods, and Dan Dan is usually too spicy for me. However this version (and we used Sriracha) had some heat without making it a painful eating experience. I agree that the use of the Instant Pot made the recipe slightly cumbersome -- but I also just prefer saute-ing foods in a skillet. Overall, I'd definitely make this again.

Siri N.

This is unlike any dan dan noodles recipe I've ever seen, and I can't speak to whether its flavors are authentic, but it was tasty and my husband loved it. Very easy with easy to find ingredients from the grocery store. I've found cooking ground meat in the instant pot makes it more flavorful and tender and found no hassle in bringing out the machine - it lives on my countertop anyway!