Monday, September 15, 2014


These noodles - a riff on the very popular dan dan noodles - are fiery and addictive! Don't be put off by the ingredient list. Although they sound hard to find, Sichuan pepper, Chinese pickled vegetables, and preserved chillies are easily found in any Asian grocery store, or even at a well-stocked regular grocery store.

Use any greens you'd like - this time I used sweet potato leaves from my garden but in the past I've also used sliced bok choy and spinach. I like spice but not infernal heat, so for some people these might not be spicy enough - simply adjust the spice level to your taste!

Spicy Sichuan Noodles
makes: 4 servings

- 1 recipe homemade noodles (or 1 packet of dried or fresh noodles of your choice)
- 3 - 4 dried red cayenne peppers (or any other dried red chillies)
- 4 scallions, sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 in. piece of ginger, peeled and minced
- 1 jalapeño, sliced
- 2 carrots, julienned
- 1 zucchini, julienned
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 1 cup sweet potato leaves (or any other greens)
- 3 tbsp. pickled mustard greens and/or bamboo shoots, chopped (optional)
- 1 tbsp. crushed red pepper (flakes)
- 2 tbsp. rice wine (sake is fine) (optional)
- 2 tbsp. peanut oil (or safflower oil, but not olive oil!)

- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
- 1 tbsp. sesame paste (tahini is fine)
- 1-2 tbsp. Chinese preserved chillies (or red pepper flakes soaked in 1 tbsp. distilled vinegar)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp. Sichuan pepper, crushed (optional)
- 1 tsp. corn starch (optional)

- 1/2 cup bean sprouts
- 1 cucumber, julienned
  1. In a small bowl mix all the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
  2. In a large pot heat water to a rolling boil. Add the noodles and boil for 7 - 10 min. till they are al dente or cooked to your preference. Drain the noodles.
  3. On medium-high, heat the peanut oil in a large pan. Add the dried peppers, scallions, garlic, ginger, and jalapeño, and give it a quick stir. Add the carrots, zucchini, sweet potato leaves, and pickled vegetables if using, and sauté, stirring constantly. Deglaze the pan with the rice wine. Add the soy sauce and crushed red pepper and stir.
  4. Add the noodles and sauce, turn the heat to high and quickly stir everything together. Turn the heat off.
  5. Serve in bowls, garnished with bean sprouts and julienned cucumber.

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