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Chinese Take-Out Dan Dan Mien © Jeanette's Healthy Living

The Chinese Takeout Cookbook’s Dan Dan Mien Recipe

Adapted from Diana Kuan's Dan Dan Noodles recipe. I made these gluten-free using rice noodles and gluten-free soy sauce. I highly recommend using Chinese sesame sauce from the Asian market, which is made using roasted sesame seeds; however, you could substitute tahini sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 -3


Meat Topping

  • 6 ounces ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 scallions white and green parts chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Sichuan preserved vegetable optional
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces dried rice noodles or other gluten-free noodles
  • 1 handful dry-roasted peanuts finely chopped


  • 1/4 cup chicken stock or water
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Chinese sesame paste or tahini
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese black rice vinegar or substitute good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil add more if you like it spicier
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper



  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the noodles according to package instructions. Drain the noodles, rinse under cold water, and drain again. Transfer the noodles to a serving dish.

Meat Topping

  1. Heat a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and swirl to coat the base and sides. Add the garlic, ginger, white parts of the scallions, and optional Sichuan preserved vegetable and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the meat and stir-fry until the meat is a little crispy on the outside and no longer pink. Add rice wine to deglaze the pan. Season with salt to taste.

Dan Dan Noodle Sauce

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the chicken stock, soy sauce, sesame paste, vinegar, chili oil, sesame oil, sugar, and Sichuan pepper.

To Serve

  1. Toss noodles with sauce. Portion noodles into bowls. Spoon the cooked meat mixture over the noodles, sprinkle the chopped scallions greens and chopped peanuts on top, and serve.