Dan Dan Noodles

A mild, sweetened rice vinegar works very well in this recipe. If you want to add a vegetable, try 1 cup of blanched bean sprouts.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 8 oz. fresh egg noodles
  • 2 tsp. plus 1 Tbsp. sesame oil, divided
  • 3 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. dark soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. hot chili oil
  • 1 1⁄2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces


  • Bring a pot of water to boil, and cook the noodles al dente, no longer than 5 minutes. Drain thoroughly and toss with 2 teaspoons of sesame oil. Cool.
  • In a blender or food processor, combine the peanut butter, dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, and chili oil. Process until smooth.
  • Mix the sauce in with the noodles. Sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over. Garnish with the green onion.