Quite possibly the best bowl of vegan bowls I’ve ever made. Numbingly spicy, nutty, and umami, this bowl of dan dan noodles is everything you wished vegan food could taste like, and more.
Dan dan noodles (担担麵) is an extremely popular Sichuan street food noodle dish. It is everything you want in a comforting bowl of noodles — numbingly spicy, nutty, and umami. It is also everything you thought vegan food couldn’t taste like.
To replace the traditional crispy pork topping, I chose to use a combination of textured vegetable protein (tvp) and mushrooms. When dehydrated enough, textured vegetable protein becomes crispy and golden-brown just like the traditional pork topping.
An Essential: Authentic Chili Oil
Dan dan noodles are not complete without a flavorful chili oil — it’s super easy to make at home, and a home-made chili oil will top any store-bought chili oil by ten-fold.