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Dan Dan Noodles

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Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Dan Dan Noodles
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Ingredients

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Mince

3 tsp oil
250gm NZ pork mince
2 tsp hoisin sauce
2 tsp shaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine)
1 tsp dark soy sauce
½ tsp five spice powder

Dan Dan noodle Sauce

2 tbsp tahini
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
¼ tsp five spice powder
½ cup chilli oil*
2 cloves garlic minced
¼ cup hot cooking water from the noodles

1 large packet of fresh or dried noodles
½ cucumber finely cut into matchstick size
½ cup chopped toasted peanuts
½ cup chopped spring onion

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Method

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In a wok or fry pan heat a tsp of oil over medium heat. Add pork mince and brown.
Add the hoisin sauce, rice wine, dark soy sauce, and five spice powder. Cook until the liquid is evaporated. Set aside and keep warm.

Cook the noodles according to package directions and drain, reserving ¼ cup of cooking water for the sauce.

Mix together all the sauce ingredients and divide among four bowls or one large bowl.

On top of the sauce, layer noodles, cooked pork and then cucumber.
Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and spring onions.

*use pre-made chilli oil or try our recipe below

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CHILLI OIL

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2 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1 cup oil
¼ cup crushed red pepper flakes

Place the Sichuan peppercorns, cinnamon stick, star anise, and oil in a pot. Cook slowly on medium low heat, until the oil is hot but not smoking or burning the peppercorns.
Take off the heat and leave to rest 5 minutes. Remove the peppercorns, cinnamon and star anise with a slotted spoon.
Add the crushed red pepper flakes and let them steep in the hot oil. Once cooled, store in a jar in the fridge.