Go Back

Vegetarian Dan Dan Noodles- China

This gorgeously saucy noodle dish is straight from the streets of Sichuan. Thin wheat noodles are slathered with a flavour-packed, creamy sesame sauce, firey chili oil and topped with mushroom mince and bok choy to create an incredibly moreish dish.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins


Seasame Sauce

  • 4 tbsp sesame paste (or 3 tbsp tahini, 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 spring onions (sliced)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup chilli oil (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 tsp sichuan peppercorns (toasted & ground)

Mushroom Mince

  • 250 g shittake mushrooms (diced)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (diced)
  • 2 spring onions (sliced)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 200 g tofu (crumbled)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup preserved mustard greens
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp shaoxing wine


  • 300 g dried thin noodles
  • 1 bunch of baby bok choy
  • 1 cube of vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts (crushed)
  • 2 spring onions (sliced)
  • Chilli oil (homemade or store-bought, to serve)


Make sesame sauce

  • Prepare the sauce by combining the sesame paste and soy sauce until fully mixed. Add vinegar, followed by the honey, spring onions, garlic, chilli oil and ground peppercorns. Set aside.

Make mushroom mince

  • Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil on a medium-high heat in a wok or non-stick pan. Fry the mushrooms, walnuts and tofu until softened and browning.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add spring onions, mustard greens, soy sauce and shaoxing wine. Cook further until all the liquid has evaporated.

Compile noodles

  • Cook noodles according to packet instructions. Boil up 1 cup of vege stock in a pot and quickly blanch bok choy in it until just tender but still retaining some bite.
  • Spoon ¼ cup of sesame sauce into each bowl, spoon in as much chilli oil as desired, top with noodles followed by mushroom mince, and then top with bok choy, crushed peanuts, and more spring onions.


Recipe inspired by Omnivores Cookbook
We also used this recipe to make homemade chilli oil
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword bok choy, chilli, chilli oil, Egg Noodles, Mushrooms, noodles, nuts, sesame, spicy, stir fry, tofu