Dan Dan Noodles. Delicious, numbing, nutty hotness.
My first Dan Dan noodles and I cannot describe the sensation of eating this dish in its actuality for the sake of decency.
Diplomacy is in order here. Here I go.
Basically, it’s a pleasurable spanking for your tastebuds; startling at first sting, then numbing as you acclimate to the pain, followed by an intense desire for more. A proper balance of satisfaction derived from just the right amount of discomfort.
Chili heat lovers know what I mean.
In Chinese, this kind of fire and numbing is referred to as, “Ma la” , which means numbing and hot sensations, according to Gary Allen, in his book ‘Sauces Reconsidered - Après Escoffier’. The numbing sensation comes from Szechuan peppercorns’ hydroxy-alpha sanshool.
A street food from the Chinese province of Szechuan, this noodle dish is famed for its sauce made up of the fire of chili oil, the numbing sensation of Szechuan peppercorns, followed by any number of combination of Chinese black vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, sesame paste, pickled mustard root, sesame seeds, garlic, and minced pork.
One blog I came across explained that in Szechuan, street vendors use roasted soy nuts and that peanuts can be substituted.
The name Dan Dan refers to the bamboo poles slung over the shoulders by street vendors, to transport and sell their noodle dish.
I did make my own homemade chili oil, the recipe was adapted from @omnivorescookbook, an excellent recipe. I think I’m going to be a strained chili oil chick, the sediment is sexy and looks fabulous in pictures but I prefer a smoother mouthfeel.
Also, I did watch @kenjilopezalt and @seonkyounglongest YouTube videos to help me get to know how to make this dish. Excellent resources if you want to learn to make this.
This is my other noodle dish I’ve brought to @theciaofandiary All You Nood is Love, virtual noodle party this weekend. A much needed reprieve from the seriousness hitting all of our lives across the globe. Finding ways to connect and celebrate our cultures is not only fun but necessary. We are all connected in our sameness and our differences. Thank you, Wendy.
Wishing you love, health, and pleasure to all ❤️