Vegan Dan Dan Noodles

Dan Dan noodles, a Sichuan street food classic. This is a Taiwanese-style take. Numbingly spicy, nutty, and umami, this bowl is everything you wished in a bowl of vegan noodles, and more.

Dan dan noodles (担担麵) is an extremely popular Sichuan street food noodle dish. This is a Taiwanese take. 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.


Dan Dan noodles are not complete without a flavorful chili oil — it’s super easy to make at home, and a homemade chili oil will top any store-bought chili oil by ten-fold.


Vegan Dan Dan Noodles

4 from 63 votes
Recipe by George L. Course: DinnerCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes

Dan Dan noodles, a Sichuan street food classic. This is a Taiwanese-style take. Numbingly spicy, nutty, and umami, this bowl is everything you wished in a bowl of vegan noodles, and more.

Ingredients

  • 360 grams Chinese wheat noodles or ramen noodles

  • Minced “Pork”
  • 1/2 cup Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)

  • 3 white or shiitake mushrooms, finely minced

  • 1 teaspoon ginger, finely minced

  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (or mirin)

  • 2 teaspoons doubanjiang, or spicy broad bean paste

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground five spice

  • vegetable oil, for frying

  • Spicy Sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated

  • 4 tablespoons chili oil (homemade recipe HERE)

  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons ground Sichuan peppercorns

  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 1.5 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (or sesame paste)

  • 2 teaspoons black vinegar

Directions

  • Prepare the TVP. Soak the TVP in warm water for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, drain the water and squeeze out excess liquid from the re-hydrated TVP. Combine with minced mushrooms.
  • Cook the Minced “Pork” Topping. In a non-stick pan, heat up vegetable oil on medium-high heat and cook the TVP and mushrooms until most moisture evaporates. Add the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, doubanjiang, and five spice. Cook together, occasionally stirring until golden-brown and crispy — this could take up to 10 minutes. Once crumbly and crispy, remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Make the Spicy Sauce. Simply add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk to thoroughly combine. Note for a simplified version of the spicy sauce (as I’ve showed in recipe video): Heat up 4 tablespoons of neutral oil and pour it over 4 cloves of minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of red chili flakes, 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds, and 1-2 teaspoons of ground Sichuan pepper. Then finish with soy sauce, dark brown sugar, black vinegar, and peanut butter. Stir to combine.
  • Prepare Toppings. For my Bok choy, I simply blanched them in lightly-salted boiling water for around 45 seconds. Prepare any additional toppings as desired. Other great toppings are crushed peanuts, thinly chopped scallions (not pictured), etc.
  • Assemble the Bowl. Cook the noodles of choice according to package directions. Strain the noodles and reserve the cooking water. For each bowl, first add about 180 grams of noodles. Top the noodles with about 1/4 cup of its cooking water (still warm), followed by 4-5 tablespoons of spicy sauce, a few tablespoons of minced “pork,” some Bok choy, crushed roasted peanuts, and any additional toppings. Lightly toss to emulsify. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

  • Noodles: traditionally, dan dan noodles are eaten with Chinese wheat noodles. However, I found that thick ramen noodles work great as well.
  • Sichuan Pepper. Sichuan pepper is what gives Dan Dan Noodles that signature numbing/mala flavor. If you’ve never tried Sichuan pepper before, try adding half the amount to begin with, then taste and adjust to your liking.
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zannnie
1 year ago

Looks really delicious!! I will try out this recipe, with tvp…

Meaghan
Meaghan
11 months ago

Tried this and LOVED it!!! Big punch in the face and perfect with pak choi

Ray
Ray
10 months ago

Tried this and have to give it 5 stars!! Loved being able to have a jar of sauce on hand ready to make dandan noodles.

Laura Wynne
Laura Wynne
9 months ago

My mouth is on fire!

The flavours were incredible, but I’d highly recommend starting with half the chili oil, giving the sauce a taste, and going from there. This was a lot spicier than the average Dan Dan Noodle place in Vancouver – I had to sip soy milk between every other bite.

Will definitely make again, but with the proportions in the sauce recipe slightly altered. I’m a wimp!

Karen
Karen
6 months ago
Reply to  Laura Wynne

Me too!! So good, mouth on fire. I cut the chili oil as suggested (thanks Laura!). Didn’t add the bok choy which probably would have helped. Note: used
Tahini vs peanut due to allergy. Will make again…on the wimpier side. 🙂

Alisha
Alisha
7 months ago

I made this last night! thank you for the amazing recipe.

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Tiffani
Tiffani
7 months ago

This, like everything else I make from here, was absolutely AMAZING!

Timmay
Timmay
6 months ago

This is a fantastic dish. Looking forward to working through all you recipes.

Rushil
Rushil
6 months ago

Was bored and saw this on Instagram and it was amazing my whole family liked it

Angela
Angela
6 months ago

This was so good! Thank you for the recipe. As mentioned by others, I only used half of the chili oil and it was perfect! I can’t wait to try your other recipes.

Robin
Robin
6 months ago

Hi! Just wondering if the 180 grams of noodles is measured dry or cooked? Thank you!

Barb
Barb
6 months ago

This sounds A-mazing! And, so easy! Thanks so much for sharing it!

Is it ok to sub rice vinegar for black vinegar?

Last edited 6 months ago by Barb
Gabrielle Lowe
Gabrielle Lowe
6 months ago

Omg! All the flavors! This recipe is amazing and I love the idea of having extra chili oil on hand. It took me a while to make, but I don’t have much counter space so that could be why. Also, its definitely way too spicy for me, but I’m a spice punk. I can barely eat buffalo sauce hahaha. However, I will absolutely be making this again. It’s truly a flavorful recipe.

samanyu
samanyu
6 months ago

could I chop up jackfruit to resemble tvp? Not a big fan of soy

Marjorie
Marjorie
5 months ago

AMAZING recipe! My partner and I both loved it and look forward to making it again in the very near future.

Taylor Wescott
Taylor Wescott
5 months ago

Hey! I’m a little turned off by TVP. What would you recommend I use in place of this?

Ellie
Ellie
5 months ago

I genuinely love this recipe so much! The flavours are amazing. I find it really hard to find easily accessible vegan asian recipes and this one genuinely fills me with so much joy

Christina
Christina
4 months ago

The best noodles I ever made. We eat them on a weekly basis und we totaly love them. I like to add pak choi or soy sprouts sometimes.

brunie
4 months ago

Tried this recipe two nights ago with slight variations, and once more today. These noodles really are incredible! If anyone is thinking about trying this recipe, please do, you will not be disappointed. I recommend also trying with a squeeze of lemon juice on top! Absolutely delicious.

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Nicole
Nicole
4 months ago

I have to admit, I’m lazy in the kitchen. I only make the spicy sauce in this recipe and steam some veggies to eat on the side while my mouth tingles from the Sichuan pepper. Still, dan dan noodles have become a weekly staple in my home thanks to this recipe! For those that find the sauce too spicy, instead of reducing the chili oil, just omit the Sichuan pepper in the sauce and then individually spoon chili oil on top of the noodles if you think they need more spice. I also find that 200 gr of pasta is… Read more »

Jens
Jens
3 months ago

I did ist yesterday and it was awesome, but way too hot for european tastes (and I used less than half the chili)…🔥 🥵🌶 😂

TamaraDJM
TamaraDJM
3 months ago

This is exactly what I was looking for, for a while now… Had the chili oil I made a few months ago- it’s super spicy and now this… I’d say it was how pure happiness would taste, if it was food 😛

Jens
Jens
3 months ago

🥵🔥🌶

Last edited 3 months ago by Jens