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Vegetarian Dan Dan Noodles with Soy Meat

Vegetarian Dan Dan Noodles with Soy Meat

Even vegans can treat themselves to delicious authentic dan dan noodles with soy meat.
Just make sure to leave out the Shaoxing wine if serving to kids.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Soy meat
20 g
Olive oil (for stir frying)
as needed
Garlic (finely chopped)
1 clove
Salt
to taste
Shaoxing wine (or cooking sake)
1 tablespoon
Soy sauce
2 tablespoons
Japanese leek (finely chopped)
5 cm
Sesame paste (Look for Tahini sauce, available at Chinese supermarkets. It's convenient to have stocked)
2 tablespoons
Mirin
1 teaspoon
Water (or warm water)
2 tablespoons
Ashitaba konnyaku noodles (if not available, use 2 servings of yakisoba or somen noodles)
150 g
This recipe is for vegans or those with dairy allergies

Steps

1. If using "Veggiemade," prep first by soaking in water, then drain.
2. Boil the noodles. This time, I used healthy ashitaba konnyaku noodles from Taiwan. They're very low in calories, but are chewy.
3. You could also substitute with yakisoba or somen noodles.
4. Stir-fry the minced veggie meat in a frying pan with the olive oil, garlic, and salt.
5. When the noodles from Step 3 have boiled to the colour shown in the photograph in Step 3, add the Shaoxing wine (or cooking sake) and soy sauce to the frying pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and add the spring onion.
6. Stir fry until the spring onion has completely wilted, then turn off the heat.
7. Transfer the minced mixture to a bowl.
8. Add 2 tablespoons of sesame paste to the bowl along with 1 teaspoon of mirin and 2 tablespoons of water. Mix well.
9. Add the noodles to a plate and pour the minced mixture over the top to finish.
10. When serving, make sure to evenly mix the noodles and minced veggie meat! Feel free to add hot sesame oil and doubanjiang sauce to taste.

Story Behind this Recipe

For the soy meat, I used "Veggie made," a soy bean-based meat made with 100% vegetable-based ingredients. It tastes just like meat and is great for those watching their health.