Dan Dan Style Noodle Bowl

Enjoy a dinner of Asian noodles and lots of nutritious veggies.

Becky Low shares this tasty dinner idea.

8 ounces uncooked noodles*
3 teaspoons sesame oil

Seasoned Meat
1 tablespoon oil (peanut, vegetable)
2 cloves minced garlic
1-5 tablespoons finely minced seeded jalapeno, Fresno or Serrano chili – to taste
1 tablespoon minced, peeled fresh ginger
8 ounces ground pork
1 tablespoon tahini paste
1-2 tablespoons soy sauce
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
1-3 teaspoons chili garlic sauce, or to taste
2 cups chicken broth
½ cup finely diced sweet gherkins

½ English cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
⅓ cup sliced green onions, whites and tops
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped dry roasted peanuts
1 carrot, peeled and cut into sticks
May try other vegetables of choice, like bok choy, steamed asparagus
¼ cup chopped peanuts

Prepare noodles according to package directions, drain, rinse with cold water; place in bowl and toss with 1-2 teaspoons sesame oil; set aside.

Heat peanut oil (or canola, vegetable oil) in wok or skillet. Add minced garlic, chopped chili peppers and ginger; stir fry 10-15 seconds; add ground pork and cook until meat is browned. Stir in tahini, soy sauce, vinegar, fish sauce, lime juice, chili garlic sauce and remaining teaspoon sesame oil; add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in pickles.

Rinse noodles with hot water, drain and place in serving bowl. Add seasoned meat and sauce, toss if desired. Add toppings.


More or less chopped chilies and chili paste may be added for personal taste preference and heat preferences. When eating spicy hot foods drink milk to cool the palate, its a natural cooler. Vegetables toppings may be tossed with noodles and meat or added on top as a garnish.

Serves 4-6

Traditionally made with a flat Asian noodle such as Asian Rice Noodles or Asian wheat noodles like Udon Noodles. Thin spaghetti, Linguini, or even Ramen noodles (without the spice packet) will work.

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