Spicy Pork and Peanut Noodles


Prep time20 minutes
Cooking time30 minutes
Total time50 minutes


A healthier take on Dan Dan noodles, a sinus-clearing dish that combines Chinese egg noodles and crispy ground pork in searing-hot chili oil. In our attempt to reduce the total amount of oil in this recipe, we sauté the pork instead of deep frying it and substitute a kicked-up chili-garlic sauce for the chili oil.


8 ounces
noodles, egg
1 1/4 pound
pork (ground)
1/4 cup
soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon
ginger, fresh (minced)
3 cloves
garlic (minced)
2 tablespoons
chili garlic sauce
1 tablespoon
sesame oil
2 cups
stock, chicken
1 1/2 tablespoon
peanut butter
1 pinch
red pepper flakes
scallion (chopped, to serve)
peanuts (crushed, to serve )


Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the pork, tamari, ginger, garlic and one tablespoon of the chili sauce; mix well. In a large, wide skillet, heat the sesame oil. Add the pork and cook, breaking up with the tip of a wooden spoon, until the meat starts to brown and cooks through. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate.

Add 2 cups of the chicken stock, the peanut butter, the remaining chili sauce and the chile flakes to the pan and whisk to combine. Lower the heat to medium-high and cook until the sauce is reduced and thickens slightly, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the pork back to the pan and mix to combine. Top the noodles with the sauce and sprinkle with the scallions and peanuts.

Note: Many recipes for Dan Dan noodles call for Chinese egg noodles, but you can use any noodle you like here. Flat udon noodles worked just fine for us.