Dan Dan Noodles (Sichuan-style Spicy Noodles)

Dan dan noodles, pronounced "tan tan men" in Japanese, are noodles topped with spicy, stir-fried ground meat. They can either be served in a rich soup, or dry as with this recipe.

Dan Dan Noodles (Sichuan-style Spicy Noodles)
Photographed by Manao Okamoto

Recipe by
Kinya Komoda




Rice & Noodles



Calorie count is per serving.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 2 servings ramen noodles (fresh)
  • 160 g ground pork
  • 4 scallions
  • [A]

    • 2 tsp tianmianjiang
    • 2 tsp sake
    • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • [B]

    • 4 tbsp hot water
    • 1 1/3 tbsp rice vinegar
    • 1 1/3 tbsp sesame paste (white)
    • 1/2-1 tbsp chili oil
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tsp sugar



Start boiling a pot of water over high heat. Cut the scallions into 2-3 mm rounds. Place a frying pan over medium heat and stir-fry the ground pork. When the pork changes color, add [A] and mix well.


Continue to stir-fry until the fat that melts out from the pork runs clear. Empty the contents into a tray.


Combine [B] in a bowl.


Put the noodles in the pot of boiling water and stir with cooking chopsticks. When it returns to a boil, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, and cook the noodles for 30 seconds longer than instructed on the package.


Drain thoroughly and add to the bowl containing [B]. Mix thoroughly to allow the noodles to absorb the flavor.


Add the ground pork, including the fat, and mix well. Divide equally into two serving bowls. Sprinkle with chopped scallions.