Dan Dan Noodles, also known as Tantanmen Ramen or Tan Tan Noodles, combine delicious ramen noodles & ground pork with a spicy, creamy broth seasoned with chili oil, peanut butter and sesame paste.
Rick and I often head to our favorite local ramen spot for a bowl of steaming hot noodles on Sundays. It’s a perfect, hearty meal after a long weekend of perhaps too much wine tasting.
And, while I’ll often reach for a spicy miso based ramen, his favorite is the TanTan noodles. I’d describe them as having a much more creamy, nutty broth. They tasted a bit like peanut butter to me… and I decided that I needed to do some research into the recipe to find out what really was going on here.
What are Dan Dan Noodles?
Dan Dan Noodles seem to be one of those dishes that have many different variations and different names. Tantanmen is the Japanese variation of sichuan noodles known as Tan Tan. The noodles can be served dry (with no broth) or in a spicy, chili flavored broth that’s made creamy with the addition of peanut butter and/or sesame paste. Then the bowls are topped with a mixture of ground pork.
I prefer to make my Dan Dan Noodles with broth, but not super brothy like a traditional ramen. I use about half the broth as you would in a ramen noodle soup. Because the broth is so rich and creamy, I find that you don’t need as much as you would with a lighter clear-based broth.
The ingredient making this ramen broth so rich & delicious is the peanut butter. An ingredient that I always have on hand. It’s such a versatile ingredient. I love adding it to savory recipes like these Grilled Lamb Chops with Spicy Peanut Sauce or these 20-Minute Sesame Chicken Noodles.
How to make Dan Dan Noodles
- Prepare the broth.
- Cook the ground pork.
- Cook the ramen noodles.
- Add the noodles to a bowl, top with broth, ground pork, spinach and your favorite toppings.
I love adding one of my Instant Pot hard boiled eggs to the top!
Tip: If you’d like to add some baby bok choy in there, add it to the boiling water when you cook your noodles. It will cook in the same time as the noodles (3 minutes).
Tantanmen Ramen ingredients:
- Green Onions
- Black Bean Sauce
- Peanut Butter
- Chili Oil
- Chili Paste
- Ground Pork
Are Dan Dan Noodles spicy?I would say that these noodles are medium on the heat scale. It’s easy to dial down the heat by simply using less chili oil & chili paste. Alternatively, if you’d like to make spicier szechuan noodles, you can use more.
What ramen noodles should I use?
I’m keeping things simple with this tantanmen recipe by just using dry ramen noodles that you’ll probably remember from your college days. They come with a spice packet, but for this recipe, you won’t be using it. You can also look for fresh ramen noodles if your market carries them. Udon noodles will also work well in this recipe.
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Wine Pairings for Dan Dan Noodles:
- Riesling, Gewürztraminer: Look for a white wine with just a hint of sweetness to it – It’s a great way to tame down the heat in this tantanmen.
- Rosé is another great match – It’s acidity, and light body will pair nicely with the creamy broth.
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Dan Dan Noodles
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger
- 1 ½ Tablespoons grated fresh garlic (about 8 cloves)
- 6 green onions (sliced)
- ⅓ cup black bean sauce
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons hot chili oil (optional (omit for less heat))
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce (or tamari)
- ¼ cup tahini sauce
- 2 Tablespoons chili paste (optional (omit for less heat))
- 7 cups bone broth (or low sodium chicken stock)
- 1 pound ground pork
- 4 3-ounce packages ramen noodles (cooked (sauce packets discarded))
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 3 green onions (sliced)
- 4 soft boiled eggs (halved)
- Cilantro (chopped)
- Daikon radish sprouts
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil (for the ramen).
- Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger & garlic and cook until light golden, about 3 minutes.
- Add green onions, black bean sauce, sesame oil and chili oil, cook for 2 minutes.
- Add broth, peanut butter, tamari, tahini and chili paste. Stir to combine, reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook the ground pork over medium-high heat until cooked through. Add ½ cup of the broth mixture to the ground pork to season.
- Cook the noodles according to package directions and drain. Place the noodles in a bowl and top with spinach, broth and ground pork. Garnish with green onions, eggs, cilantro and radish sprouts.