10-minute Meal: Dan Dan Noodles with Chinese Laundry Dan Dan Sauce

10-minute Meal: Dan Dan Noodles with Chinese Laundry Dan Dan Sauce

With the Dan Dan Sauce from Chinese Laundry in your kitchen arsenal, you’re never more than 10 minutes away from a delicious meal. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a hurried home cook, this sauce transforms simple noodles into something amazing.

Dan Dan noodles, hailing from Sichuan province in China, are a seamless blend of chewy noodles drenched in a savory, spicy sauce made from chili oil, Sichuan peppercorns, sesame or peanut paste, and minced meat. As for the name “Dan Dan”, it refers to the bamboo poles that street vendors traditionally used to carry their cooking pots . Over time, these noodles have evolved, with regional and international variations emerging.

This recipe is for the meatless, straight-out-of-the-jar version, but you can add minced pork or beef (fried until slightly crispy) if you wish.

10-minute Meal: Dan Dan Noodles with Chinese Laundry Dan Dan Sauce

Recipe by 2 Hungry Birds Course: NoodlesCuisine: Chinese




  • 2-3 tablespoons 2-3 Chinese Laundry Dan Dan Sauce

  • 1 serving 1 Medium-sized round wheat noodles (Alternative: flat noodles, knife-cut noodles, rice noodles, or pasta)

  • 1-2 1-2 garlic cloves, chopped finely.

  • 1-2 tablespoons 1-2 chopped cilantro

  • 1-2 tablespoons 1-2 chopped scallions or green onions

  • 1-2 tablespoons 1-2 roasted, chopped peanuts


  • Prep the Noodles:
    Boil a pot of water and cook your chosen noodles according to the package instructions or until they are al dente.
    Once done, drain the noodles and set aside.
  • Sauce It Up:
    Stir the Dan Dan Sauce well, so all the ingredients are mixed together. Mix the desired amount of Chinese Laundry’s Dan Dan Sauce and the chopped garlic with the noodles, based on your spice preference and how many noodles you’ve cooked. Start with 1 tablespoon and gradually add to get the flavor just right. Toss the noodles with the sauce, ensuring an even coat.
  • Transfer to serving bowls and sprinkle with green onions, chopped peanuts and cilantro.

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