team. these dan dan noodles have fast become a favorite dinner for both my husband AND me. they are packed with flavor, have both broccoli and pork so i count them as a complete meal in a bowl, the leftovers are one of my favorite things to see in the fridge, and did i mention that they are just completely delicious?
i make no claims about authenticity (of anything, ever, and especially these noodles) BUT i will say that as someone who cooks thai/asian/delicious food on a pretty regular basis, i only had to buy the fresh ingredients; i already had all of the ingredients for the sauce (it helps that there aren’t toooo many ingredients in said sauce. and peanut butter is one of them. are you beginning to see why these noodles are so yummy?).
i should say, though, that it took me a google minute to figure out that i already had all of the pantry ingredients. i’ve had mirin in my cabinet for years, purchased because of some recipe that called for it by very specific name years ago. i’ve also made a bunch of recipes that called for (frequently chinese) rice cooking wine over the years and usually listed something else as a substitute, which i always used, since i somehow didn’t realize that mirin IS (japanese) rice cooking wine.
in my (feeble) defense, the label calls it “sweet rice cooking seasoning”; it doesn’t say “wine”. well, didn’t. i have since scribbled a note to myself on the label of the bottle of mirin to remind myself THIS is what that recipe is calling for. (true, japanese and chinese rice cooking wines are not the same, but i have to believe they are more like each other than whatever substitute being called for it so i’m going with it.)
anyway, my inability to interpret basic labels aside, these dan dan noodles are savory and delicious and i really hope you’ll try them. i’m excited about everything i share with you here because your time and stomach real estate are precious so there’s a minimum excitement bar for anything that appears here. that said, i’m extra excited about these noodles. they’re just so good.
and i will say, i remember the first night i had planned to make them, i looked at the recipe i was starting from and was feeling a bit lazy and almost pushed these off for looking too hard. i’m soooo glad i didn’t because it turns out that once i had all of the ingredients out, going step by step was really manageable. and these dan dan noodles would be an excellent candidate for meal prepping, as you could make the sauce, prep the broccoli, etc. in advance and then the actual cooking process goes quite quickly.
long story short, these dan dan noodles are delicious, i really hope you’ll try them, and if you don’t want your leftovers, please call – i will happily come over and eat them.
ps – and if you want more of my inauthentic asian noodles, thai noodles are just the ticket!
pps – i’m taking next week off to enjoy christmas so i will see you in the new year with some yummy fish tacos with a seriously delicious, put-it-on-everything chimichurri sauce. have a peaceful and enjoyable week, regardless of which holidays it may or may not contain for you.