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Vegan Sichuan Chilli Noodles

A vegan spin on a Sichuan classic, these dandan-inspired chilli noodles pack a delicious punch!

easy sichuan vegan chilli dandan noodle recipe

Saucy, fiery and packed with umami these noodles are seriously addictive. The cook along can be found on @The_Culinary_Cartel, instagram under the Sichuan Noodle Highlight

To be clear, while I adore and cook regional dishes from all over Asia, I am by no means, the expert on every dish. My iteration is a serious fan girl riff based on Sichuan Dan Dan noodles, a saucy, slurpy noodle bowl made with minced pork and cut with Sichuan preserved mustard greens. The addition of the Sichuan chilli flakes makes for a moreish, characteristically lip numbing bite.

I highly advise you to track down Sichuan peppercorns, which can be found in many asian grocery stores (buy some pickled mustard greens too if you like), but if you can’t find them regular chilli flakes are fine. My iteration of these noodles uses ingredients found at your local supermarket and removes the pork mince, making it a delicious option for Meat Free Monday. 

If you try this recipe, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. Happy cooking!

easy sichuan vegan chilli dandan noodle recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I replace the shiitake mushrooms?

You can, but as we rely on them for depth and “meatiness” they will be missed. Leave the shiitake out, or sub for more brown mushrooms. 

Can I replace the Sichuan peppercorns?

Sichuan peppercorns are really important in this dish as they give the characteristic flavour, and lip numbing mouthfeel. You can increase the quantity of the chilli flakes, and infuse your oil with star anise and cinnamon. I would, however, advise trying to get hold of Sichuan peppercorns for best results

Can I leave out the peanuts?

If you are allergic to nuts, you can leave out the peanuts. As an alternative, you can try crispy fried shallots or onions for your crunch element. These can be found in many supermarkets in the salad aisle. 

 

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easy sichuan vegan chilli dandan noodle recipe

Vegan Sichuan Chilli Noodles


  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 35 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

A vegan spin on a Sichuan classic, these dandan-inspired chilli noodles pack a delicious punch!


Ingredients

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For the Chilli Oil

  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 Tbsp crushed Sichuan chilli, or more smoked chilli flakes
  • 1/4 cup smoked chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

For the Veggie “Mince”

  • 200g aubergine, diced into 1cm-ish cubes
  • 250g brown mushrooms, roughly chopped about the same size as the aubergine
  • 40g dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in 1 cup of boiling water until soft
  • 1 Tbsp garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp mirin
  • 12 tsp soy sauce (add the 2nd to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp five-spice

For the Sauce

  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp tahini
  • 3 Tbsp soy
  • 1/4 tsp five-spice
  • 1/2 cup chilli oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp crushed Sichuan chilli
  • 400g tenderstem broccoli or pak choi
  • 340g dried noodles
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
  • 3 spring onions, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Make your chilli oil. Place your oil, star anise, cinnamon, and crushed Sichuan pepper into a small pot, then turn the heat to medium. When peppercorns start to sizzle, let them cook for a minute, then remove the pot from the heat. If you have a cooking thermometer, we are wanting to heat the oil to 160C, before turning off the heat.
  2. Allow to infuse for 10 minutes.
  3. Prepare your veggies as directed. Place a pan over high heat, add a drizzle of canola oil, and add your brown mushrooms. Fry until starting to soften. Remove your dried shiitake from the soaking liquid (reserve the liquid), give them a rough chop then add them to the brown mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms until golden, shrunken and a little crisp. Place the mushrooms into a bowl, and wipe the pan with a kitchen towel.
  4. After 10 minutes place the smoked chilli flakes, sugar and salt into a bowl. Pour the warm oil over the chilli flakes, through a sieve to strain off the cinnamon, star anise and Sichuan peppercorns. Discard the items in the sieve. Allow the chilli oil to infuse while you prep your other ingredients.
  5. Drizzle a little canola oil into your pan and return it to high heat. Add the aubergine and stir fry until golden. Once golden add your mushrooms back to the pan, then add your mirin, hoisin, 5 spice, soy, ginger, garlic and shiitake soaking liquid. Cook everything down until the liquid evaporates, and the mixture starts to stick to the pan. Taste the mixture for seasoning, and add the remaining soy if needed. Remove from the heat and keep warm until needed.
  6. Cook your noodles until al dente, according to the packet instructions. Stir fry your broccoli or pak choi until done to your liking, and season it with a pinch of salt.
  7. Make your sauce by mixing all the ingredients together.
  8. Divide the sauce, noodles, veggies mince and greens between 4 bowls. Toss everything together with a pair of chopsticks, then garnish the dish with peanuts, and spring onions.
  9. Serve immediately nice and hot.

Happy cooking x

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian-inspired

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 1420.94kcal
  • Sugar: 13.36g
  • Sodium: 604.03mg
  • Fat: 105.08g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.05g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 82.58g
  • Trans Fat: 0.05g
  • Carbohydrates: 98.47g
  • Fiber: 14.36g
  • Protein: 29.49g
  • Cholesterol: 71.64mg

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