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3. Dan Dan Noodles
Where to get it: Lucky Cat, 7559 E. Academy Blvd.
Who it’s for: Cooks looking for a simple dish with elevated flavors. Salted radishes, Sichuan peppercorns, tahini paste and green beans set this soup apart.
Make it at home:
1 ¼ cups canola oil
2 tablespoons dried Thai chilies
2 tablespoons chopped ginger
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
¼ cup tahini paste (or use creamy peanut butter)
¼ cup light soy sauce
2 quarts chicken stock
16 ounces ground pork
3 ounces salted radish (buy at an Asian market)
1 tablespoon ground Sichuan peppercorns
24 ounces buckwheat soba noodles
4 ounces mung bean sprouts (at most supermarkets)
1 can sliced pickled jalapenos
6 ounces cleaned and blanched green beans
4 ounces canola oil
TO MAKE THE BROTH, bring the oils to a shimmering heat in a 4-quart pot. Then add the ginger and garlic (be careful of the steam.) Let cook for 2 minutes until the garlic and ginger start to turn color. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly, bringing the broth back to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
TO MAKE THE MEAT, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a 4-quart pot. Add in the noodles for 2 minutes, then pull out, strain and set aside.
In a large sauté pan on high heat pour in the oil and pork. Sauté until brown. Add the peppercorns and sauté until fragrant. In 4 bowls, evenly disperse the noodles, pork and green beans. Then top with the broth and garnish with mung bean sprouts and sliced jalapenos. You can also chop up some fresh cilantro and sprinkle on top as well.