Black Sesame Dan Dan Noodles 2 ways: Cold & Hot. Kurogoma Tan Tan Men is a Japanese take on Dan Dan Noodles, the classic Sichuan noodle dish. Here’s the popular black sesame flavor served with chili oil and garlic chips.
Combine ½ cup soy milk and 1 ½ Tbsp black sesame paste. Using your silicone spatula, press the black sesame paste against the liquid measuring cup (or bowl) to dissolve the paste.
Add 1 Tbsp rice vinegar, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, and 1 tsp granulated sugar. Increase the amount if you add more chicken stock.
Mix well and taste the soup. Adjust the amount of kosher salt based on your chicken stock. I added ½ tsp kosher salt.
Heat 1 Tbsp sesame oil over medium heat and cook the grated garlic and ginger until fragrant. Careful not to burn them.
Add 1 tsp sake and ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper.
Add 2 tsp Tianmianjiang and 1 tsp Doubanjiang.
Add 1 tsp soy sauce and 1 tsp sugar.
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, blanch the bok choy first for 2-3 minutes (depending on its size). Then add the bean sprouts. Cook for 10 seconds and remove both bok choy and bean sprout from the water to drain completely.
Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. I recommend cooking 15-20 seconds less than what package says, as remaining heat will continue to cook the noodles.
Place the bok choy, bean sprouts, and meat sauce on top of the noodles.
Garnish with peanuts, black sesame seeds, and garlic chips, and drizzle 2 tsp la-yu (Japanese chili oil). The COLD dan dan noodle is ready to be served.
Garnish with peanuts, black sesame seeds, and garlic chips, and drizzle 2 tsp la-yu (Japanese chili oil). Enjoy!
Black Sesame Paste: You can purchase black sesame paste at any Japanese grocery store or on Amazon (Marumoto brand or Jun Kuki brand). It's less flavorful, but you can use tahini (this brand) on Amazon.
Doubanjiang (spicy chili bean sauce/broad bean paste): You can buy non-spicy version online.
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