Dandan noodles

Dandan noodles

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
This low-calorie Chinese dish uses turkey thigh mince, garlic and ginger - scatter over crushed peanuts before serving for added crunch

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal385
  • fat17g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre3g
  • protein36g
  • salt2.9g
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  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2½ cm/1in piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 tsp Sichuan peppercorns, lightly crushed, plus extra to serve
  • 500g 3% fat turkey thigh mince
  • 250g pack dried udon or other wheat noodles



    A thick, white, ribbon-like noodle popular in Japanese cuisine. Udon is made by kneading strong…

  • 2 x 90g packs baby pak choi or other Asian greens, trimmed and separated
    Pak choi

    Pak choi


    This member of the cabbage family has a number of different names, including…

  • 2 tbsp unsweetened crunchy peanut butter (we used Whole Earth)

    Peanut butter

    pee-nut butt-ah

    Peanut butter starts with dry roasting peanuts, which concentrates and heightens their flavour…

  • 2 tbsp chilli bean sauce (we used Lee Kum Kee)
  • 3 tbsp low-salt soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 3 tbsp Shaohsing wine (Chinese rice wine )
  • 50g unsalted peanuts, roasted
  • 4-5 thinly sliced spring onions, to serve
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • handful roughly chopped coriander, to serve


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Heat the sesame oil in a wok or large frying pan. Once really hot and almost smoking, throw in the garlic, ginger and crushed Sichuan peppercorns. Cook, stirring, for 30 secs. Add the mince and stir, breaking it up as you do. Cook the mince over a high heat for 10-12 mins until all the liquid has evaporated and it’s becoming crisp here and there – don’t worry if it sticks to the wok a little, just keep stirring.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the noodles in the boiling water following pack instructions, adding the pak choi for the final 2 mins. Drain, reserving the cooking water, then run under cold water to stop the noodles sticking.

  3. To make a sauce, combine the peanut butter, chilli bean sauce, 3 tbsp of the soy sauce and 2 tbsp of the Shaohsing in a small pan. Add 300ml of the reserved cooking water, bring to a simmer and reduce for 5 mins. Once the mince is cooked, stir through the remaining soy sauce and Shaohsing. Pour the sauce into 4 shallow bowls, top with the noodles and pak choi, then spoon over the mince. Scatter over the peanuts, spring onions, coriander, and more crushed Sichuan peppercorns for an extra kick.

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12th Mar, 2015
Made this again tonight but used pork mince instead. Really lovely with a range of flavours and very eady. A firm favouite.
12th Mar, 2015
Made this again tonight hut ueed pork mince instead. So lovely with a great range of flavours and very easy to make. A firm favourite.
30th Oct, 2014
Nice easy recipe, quick to prepare, great flavours and relatively cheap. Served simply with prawn crackers. All round winner!
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