Cold Dan Dan Noodles

Cold Dan Dan Noodles

These dan dan noodles are not spicy. Serve on a hot day after chilling them thoroughly.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Chinese noodles (for cold noodles)
2 servings
Meat-miso sauce
Ground pork
150 g
Sesame oil
1 tablespoon
Chopped garlic
1 clove
Ginger, finely chopped
1 piece
White part of a Japanese leek (chopped)
about 5 cm
1 1/2 tablespoons
Cooking sake
1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon
Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
Soy milk
300 ml
Mentsuyu (3x concentrate)
2 tablespoons
Spinach (blanched, squeezed out and cut into bite-sized pieces)
to taste
Cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
Kimchi (optional)
to taste


1. Make the soup. Put the soy milk in a bowl, add the mentsuyu and mix lightly. Chill in the refrigerator if possible.
2. Make the meat-miso. Heat sesame oil in a frying pan, add the garlic, ginger and leek and stir fry until fragrant.
3. Add the ground meat to the pan. Stir fry until the meat is cooked and changes color. Add the miso, sake and sugar and stir fry some more. Add the soy sauce to finish, and turn the heat off.
4. Cook the noodles following package directions. Rinse in cold water to chill them completely. Drain well and plate.
5. Add the soup to the plates, top with the meat-miso and toppings, and serve.
6. Use whatever toppings you like. My kids love broccoli so I always add that.

Story Behind this Recipe

For the hot summer months, I wanted a well chilled noodle dish that was nutritionally balanced and children would love.