Dan Dan Noodles are a classic Sichuan dish known for their bold and spicy flavors. Typically made with wheat noodles and ground pork, this low-carb and plant-based adaptation offers a healthier alternative without compromising on taste.
A Flavorful Twist on Tradition
Dan Dan Noodles has a rich history in Chinese cuisine, originating from the Sichuan province. Traditionally, they feature a savory and spicy sauce, minced pork, preserved vegetables, and sometimes peanuts. The name "Dan Dan" refers to the carrying pole (dan) that street vendors used to sell this dish.
Benefits of Low-Carb and Plant-Based Ingredients:
- Shirataki Noodles: This recipe swaps traditional wheat noodles with shirataki noodles. Shirataki noodles are incredibly low in carbohydrates and calories, making them an ideal choice for low-carb and keto diets. Additionally, they are gluten-free, making them suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.
- Abundance of Vegetables: Broccolini, mushrooms, and chili peppers (optional) provide essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. These plant-based ingredients contribute to overall health and well-being.
- Healthy Fats from Coconut Oil: The use of coconut oil provides a source of healthy fats, including medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which can support energy levels and satiety.
- Tahini Sauce: Tahini, made from ground sesame seeds, adds creaminess and a nutty flavor to the sauce. It's a source of plant-based protein, healthy fats, and essential minerals like calcium.
- Tomato Paste: Tomato paste enhances the flavor of the sauce and provides a dose of antioxidants, including lycopene, which may have various health benefits.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar not only adds tanginess but also offers potential digestive and blood sugar management benefits.
- Erythritol: Erythritol, a sugar substitute, adds a touch of sweetness without raising blood sugar levels. It's low in calories and does not promote tooth decay.
- Cashews: Cashews contribute healthy fats, protein, and a satisfying crunch to the dish.
- Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds provide texture and a mild, nutty flavor. They're a source of healthy fats and minerals like iron.
You can adjust the level of spiciness by varying the amount of sriracha or hot sauce to suit your taste.
Dan Dan Noodles
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 3 servings
Category: Lunch, Dinner
- 1 (7 oz or 200 g) package of fettuccine shirataki noodles
- 4 oz (100 g) broccolini (or chopped broccoli)
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of coconut oil, divided, to cook with
- 1/4 medium onion (1 oz or 28 g), thinly sliced
- 3 garlic cloves (9 g), peeled and minced
- 1 Tablespoon (5 g) of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of tahini sauce
- 1 Tablespoon (15 g) of tomato paste
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 Tablespoon (8 ml) of sriracha (or other hot sauce, of choice)
- 1 teaspoon (4 g) of granulated erythritol
- 1 cup (240 ml) of water
- 2 white button mushrooms (3/4 oz or 20 g)
- 1 Tablespoon (9 g) of chopped cashews
- 1/2 medium red chili pepper (1/4 oz or 7 g), sliced (optional)
- 3 green onions (1/2 oz or 15 g), chopped
- 1/2 Tablespoon (7 g) of sesame seeds
- Dash of salt
- Drain and rinse the shirataki noodles. Place the rinsed noodles in a pot of boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes and drain well. Set aside until ready to use.
- Boil the broccolini in a pan of water until tender. Drain and set aside.
- Add 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of coconut oil to a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion to the pan and cook until translucent.
- Add the garlic and fresh ginger to the pan and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add the tahini sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, sriracha, erythritol, water and a dash of salt to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, add the remaining 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of coconut oil to a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and chopped cashews to the skillet and saute until caramelized and toasted.
- To serve, divide the shirataki noodles between 3 bowls and cover with the sauce. Top each bowl with the broccolini, optional chili pepper, mushrooms, cashews, green onions and sesame seeds before serving.
Nutrition: (Estimated and based on per-serving amounts.)
- Calories: 164
- Fat: 14 g
- Total Carbs: 8 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Sugar: 2 g
- Net Carbs: 6 g
- Protein: 3 g