If you don’t like spice than this recipe is not for you. We aren’t joking around. This is a slap in the face, sweaty moustache kind of spicy. One tip to making this extra delicious is to buy fresh noodles from your local Asian market. We went to Arirang Oriental Food Store, which is located in downtown Calgary beside Community Natural Foods. You can find the sesame sauce there too!

Spicy Dan Dan Noodles

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Yield: 2 servings


For Dan Dan Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • ¼ cup sesame sauce (we used Mizkan brand Goma Shabu Sauce, but if you can’t find an Asian sesame sauce feel free to use tahini or sesame steak sauce instead)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp five spice powder
  • 3 tbsp Sichuan chili oil
  • 1/2 cup hot cooking water from the noodles

For the Noodles:

  • 8oz fresh Asian noodles, medium thickness
  • 1 small bunch bok choy, leaves separated
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Sliced red chili for garnish
  • Green onions for garnish *optional

In a large mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients “for the Dan Dan sauce” except the reserved water.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the Asian noodles until al dente. In the last 3 minutes of cooking the noodles, toss in the bok choy to blanch. Be sure to save ½ a cup of the cooking water before draining, and stir it into the Dan Dan Sauce. Remove the bok choy from the noodles and roughly chop. Toss together the cooked noodles, Dan Dan sauce and bok choy. Garnish with sesame seeds, sliced chilli and green onion and serve while hot.