Lighter Dan Dan Noodles

VEGAN

Cook’s Notes: When all that will do is a warm bowl of comfort and nourishment, this recipe will fill the void. A recipe that relies heavily on vegetables and a pep of spice and heat to leave you with a simple satisfaction, this is a super-light version of the classic Sichuan street food dish that usually uses minced pork.

Equipment: Frying pan, saucepan, slotted spoon

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

2 tsp Szechuan peppercorns, lightly crushed
2 tbsp sunflower oil
2.5cm (1in) piece of ginger, peeled and grated
400g (14oz) soya mince
250g (9oz) Chinese greens such as pak choi or choi sum, halved or quartered
4 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine
3 tbsp reduced salt soy sauce
400g (14oz) ramen noodles
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp chilli oil

Method:

1. Toast the Szechuan peppercorns in a dry frying pan for 1 minute, then set aside. Add the oil to the pan and fry the ginger for 1–2 minutes, then add the soya mince and toasted peppercorns. Fry until the mince is crisp and dry.

2. Blanch the greens in a saucepan of boiling water, then remove from the water with a slotted spoon, leaving the water to cook your noodles with. Add the greens to the mince and toss well, before adding the spring onions, rice wine and 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce.

3. Cook the noodles in the boiling water for 2–3 minutes, then drain and divide between four bowls. Mix the rest of the soy sauce with the rice wine vinegar and chilli oil. Divide the greens and mince over the noodles, drizzle with the chilli sauce and serve.

Extracted from Super Food in Minutes by Donal Skehan, published by Hodder & Stoughton

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