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Vegan Dan Dan Noodles

Vegan dan dan noodles
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Yields
4 servings

This short-cut version of a Sichuan classic replaces ground meat with crumbled tofu and mushrooms and leans heavily on pantry ingredients to deliver big flavour, fast. Instead of preparing my own chili oil I use jarred chili crisp, which although unconventional, lends the perfect amount of crunch and keeps things weeknight-friendly. Feel free to toss in greens like spinach or bok choy along with the hot noodles to add some veg to this dish.

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ingredients

Noodles

485
g block extra firm tofu, drained
100
g shiitake mushrooms
2 ½
Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
½
tsp salt
8
oz egg or rice noodles
½
cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
3-4
green onions, white and light green parts, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish

Sauce

4
Tbsp spicy chili crisp or garlic chili oil with sediment
3
Tbsp soy sauce or tamari
2
cloves garlic, minced
1
Tbsp red bean chili paste
1
Tbsp tahini
1
Tbsp Shaoxing wine
1
Tbsp rice vinegar
2
tsp sugar
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directions

Ingredients for vegan dan dan noodles
Step 1

Crumble drained tofu into small pieces so that it resembles ground meat. Pulse mushrooms in a food processor until finely minced, or very finely chop with a knife.

Step 2

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add crumbled tofu and mushrooms to the skillet and season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, 12-15 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in a large bowl whisk together all sauce ingredients until well combined.

Dan dan sauce in a large mixing bowl
Step 4

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook according to package instructions. Drain noodles, reserving ¾ cup of cooking liquid.

Step 5

Whisk ½ cup of reserved cooking liquid into sauce.

Hot water being whisked into dan dan sauce
Step 6

Add cooked noodles, tofu-mushroom mixture and herbs to bowl with sauce and toss until noodles and tofu are well coated.

Untossed vegan dan dan noodles in a mixing bowl
Step 7

Stir in more of the cooking liquid, a little at a time, if needed, to help the sauce come together and stick to the noodles.

Dan dan noodles being tossed in a large mixing bowl
Step 8

Garnish with green onions and cilantro and serve.

A close up on vegan dan dan noodles

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