Dan Dan Noodles Recipe

This noodle stir-fry recipe has lots of tasty smoked tofu!

Dan dan noodles are quick to whip up in the kitchen: stir-fried noodles, vegetables, and a hit of pepper make it fun to chow down on, too! Smoked tofu gives this noodle dish a nice flavor profile that goes well with its overall spiciness.

Dan Dan Noodles Recipe

Isi Laureano
This noodle stir-fry recipe has lots of tasty smoked tofu!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 to 5


Dan Dan Noodles Ingredients

  • 12 dried shiitake mushrooms soaked in warm water for 20 minutes or until softened
  • 6 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoons tahini or Chinese sesame paste (available in Asian specialty stores)
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar or good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons chili oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Sichuan peppercorns
  • 3 cups dried Chinese egg noodles cooked according to package directions, 2/3 cup cooking water reserved
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1 bunch green onions white and green parts chopped
  • 1 Cup tofu smoked, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup peanuts dry-roasted, chopped finely
  • Chinese parsley (kinchay) to garnish, optional


  • Drain mushrooms and squeeze out excess water; chop finely and set aside.
  • Make the sauce: Whisk together all ingredients and ²?³ cup cooking water in a medium bowl.
  • Pour half of the sauce over noodles; toss well to coat. Transfer to a platter.
  • Heat peanut oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic, ginger, and green onions (white parts); cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and tofu; stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in remaining sauce and rice wine. Season with salt.
  • Spoon tofu-mushroom mixture over noodles, sprinkle chopped green onions (green parts) and chopped peanuts on top. Garnish with kintsay, if desired.
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