Sunday, January 10, 2010
Fiery Dan Dan noodles
Some background from the book:
In the western Szechuan province of China they make this dish in massive buckets, which they carry on poles over their shoulders. In China, 'dan' means pole, so these are quite literally 'pole pole noodles'.
What we need:
200 gr of minced beef
1/5 tbsp of honey
200 gr wheat noodles
2 handfuls of green vegetables ( Chinese cabbage, bok choi, broccoli, spinach) - I didn't use bok choi
2 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp of dark soy sauce
1 tbsp of black pepper
2 tbsp of chilli oil
1 spring onion
some vegetable oil
some salt (optional, but I felt that meat needs some seasoning)
What we have to do:
1. Put beef into a dry pan and fry until it turns brown and crunchy. It takes about 10-15 minutes. Then add honey and a bit of salt, mix it and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
2. While beef is frying, put a pot of water on the heat and bring it to boil. Add some salt and put the noodles in. Cook for 6 minutes. Then into the same pot put chopped cabbage and broccoli. Cook for 2 minutes and drain.
3. Take a pan, add some oil, put the garlic and spinach. Then add cooked noodles and vegetables. Pour soy sauce and chilli oil. Give it a good mix with tongs and divide into two or even three bowls. Sprinkle over crunchy beef and finish with some spring onions. Serve it with a lime quarter to squeeze over.
P.S. You can make your own chilli oil by getting a handful of mixed dried chillies, toasting them in the oven to bring flavour, whacking them in a food processor with a bottle of groundnut oil and pouring it back into the bottle. This will keep well in your cupboard for a year.