Vegetarian Dan Dan Noodles with Shredded Daikon

Vegetarian Dan Dan Noodles with Shredded Daikon

It's rich and delicious even without meat. It's sour, spicy and addictive!

Ingredients: 2 servings

Chinese-style noodles
2 portions
Mock mincemeat ingredients:
★Kiriboshi daikon
20 g
★Dried shiitake mushrooms
4 small
★The white part of a Japanese leek
5 cm
★Sesame oil
1 tablespoon
★Soy sauce
a little
◎Broth made from the dried shredded daikon and dehydrated shiitake mushroom
300 to 400 ml
1 small piece
Soup seasonings:
◆Sesame paste
1 tablespoon
1 to 2 tablespoons
about 1 teaspoon
♦Sake or mirin
1 tablespoon
◆Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon
◆Ground sesame seeds
to taste
Bean sprouts
1/3 packet
Any greens or vegetables of your choice
as needed
Green onions or radish sprouts
to taste


1. Prepare the mock mincemeat ingredients. Loosen the dried shredded daikon. Quickly rinse the dried shredded daikon and dried shiitake mushrooms, and soak in water.
2. When they are rehydrated, finely chop them. Finely chop the Japanese leek as well.
3. Heat the sesame oil in a frying pan, add the dried shiitake mushrooms, dried shredded daikon and Japanese leek in that order, and stir-fry slowly.
4. When the dried shredded daikon has shrunk and everything has separated, season with soy sauce. Your mock mincemeat is ready.
5. Start boiling water to cook the noodles and vegetables. When it has come to a boil, boil the bean sprouts and other topping vegetables.
6. Make the soup. Combine the broth from the dried shredded daikon and dried shiitake mushrooms and chopped onion in a pot, and turn on the heat.
7. When it comes to a boil, add the grated ginger, have a taste and season with the ♦ ingredients. Don't reduce the soup too much!
8. Boil the noodles and transfer to a serving bowl. Add the topping vegetables from Step 5, mock meat from Step 4 and pour over the soup from Step 7. Sprinkle with chopped green onions or daikon sprouts, and it's done!
9. Once the noodles are gone, add some rice into the soup. It's delicious.

Story Behind this Recipe

I love dan dan noodles!! I wanted to reproduce the taste of a restaurant I used to go to have dan dan noodles without using any meat. So I created this recipe based on a vegetarian recipe book.