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Dan Dan-Style Noodles
with pork / broccoli

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min

This spicy, savory noodle dish has made it to many of our community members' favorites lists. It's very adaptable, so feel free to try a different type of ground meat and use any type of Asian-style noodles (or even spaghetti will work). The previous version was featured in 2017.



Spicy (or not) Dan Dan Sauce:
  • Garlic - 4 cloves, chopped
  • Stock, any type - 1/2 cup
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1/4 cup
  • Cornstarch - 2 tsp
  • Brown sugar - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 2 Tbsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 1 Tbsp
  • Tahini - 2 tsp (opt; sub Chinese sesame paste, black bean paste, or peanut butter)
  • Chili garlic sauce - 2 tsp, more or less to taste (sub any hot sauce)
Dan Dan-Style Noodles with Pork and Broccoli:
  • Peanuts - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Broccoli - 12 oz, florets
  • Noodles, dried ramen - 6 oz (discard seasoning packets if using instant ramen; or sub spaghetti)
  • Cilantro - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Water - 2 tsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Pork, ground - 1 lb

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Garlic / Peanuts / Broccoli - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make sauce - Combine garlic, stock, soy sauce, cornstarch, brown sugar, vinegar, toasted sesame oil (portion for sauce), and tahini. Add chili garlic sauce according to your spice preference (the amount listed will make a fairly spicy sauce, so reduce or increase the amount listed if you’d like). (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Noodles - Cook noodles according to package directions. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Cilantro - Chop cilantro.


  1. Heat a wok or skillet with first part of cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add broccoli and saute until broccoli turns bright green. Add water to pan and cover with a lid. Steam broccoli until tender, ~3 minutes.
  2. Remove broccoli from heat and stir in toasted sesame oil (portion for noodles) and lemon juice. Season with some salt and pepper. Set broccoli aside and return wok to heat.
  3. To wok, add second part of cooking oil and then pork to heated oil. Saute, breaking pork apart, until nearly cooked through, ~5 minutes.
  4. Give sauce a stir and pour over top of pork. Simmer until sauce thickens and pork is cooked.
  5. If noodles were made ahead, reheat.
  6. Assemble bowls with noodles, pork, broccoli, cilantro, and peanuts. Add some extra red pepper flakes or some hot sauce (not in ingredients list) if you’d like more heat. Enjoy!

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This meal has 60 reviews

Great flavor. used ground turkey

By: Jennifer
Posted: Nov 04, 2019
Diet: Original

Will make again! Next time I will add snap peas as others have suggested.

By: Teresa
Posted: Oct 17, 2019
Diet: Original

Wow! Everyone in this house said this was good. That never happens! Made it with turkey and used millet ramen from Costco to make it a little healthier. So delicious!

By: Alana
Posted: Oct 11, 2019
Diet: Original

Always great. We like it with rice instead of noodles.

By: Lindsey
Posted: Oct 03, 2019
Diet: Original

Somehow the pork got mushy. Liked the flavors though and was a satisfying meal

By: Sabrina
Posted: Sep 30, 2019
Diet: Original

Yay! Putting this in the rotation for sure. Loved the sauce! Had to use egg noodles because I only got one packet of ramen, but that wasn't a bad substitution, actually!

By: Angela
Posted: Sep 24, 2019
Diet: Original