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Dan dan noodles
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Faux Dan Dan Noodles

My version of the spicy Chinese-inspired stir fry, dan dan noodles, is made with ground beef, chili oil & greens for a tasty weeknight dinner!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: dan dan noodles
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 444kcal
Author: Taylor Stinson


  • 1 lb extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp sambal oelek or Sriracha
  • 1 lb spaghetti (you can also use dried white noodles but they are harder to find. Ramen noodles are also a great substitute)
  • 2 cups chopped bok choy
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Peanuts, for garnish


  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp chili oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp five spice powder (note: if you don't have five spice powder, you can use a blend of 1 star anise, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp fennel seeds, 1/4 tsp ground cloves & 1/4 tsp black or white pepper)


  • Cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling water for 9-11 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Brown ground beef in a large skillet over med-high heat. Meanwhile, mix together ingredients for sauce.
  • Add bok choy and sautee for 1 min until slightly wilted, then add cooked noodles and stir fry sauce to skillet, tossing to coat and sauteeing over high heat for 2-3 minutes until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and stir in scallions.
  • Serve in large bowls then garnish with sesame seeds and peanuts. Serve and enjoy!



Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 477mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 3mg