Impossible Meat Dan Dan Noodles

Overhead shot of two bowls of Dan Dan Noodles next to spices and peanuts

Welcome to our new weeknight go-to recipe, Impossible Meat Dan Dan Noodles! This recipe comes together in 30 minutes and costs $30 to make, perfect for a quick and cost efficient meal family meal for Meatless Monday. Feel free to sub the Impossible Meat with another meat alternative or ground chicken as it tastes just as yummy! Check the recipe out below and let us know your thoughts!

White bowl with Impossible Meat Dan Dan Noodles inside garnished with sriracha and peanuts. A small wooden bowl sits to the left filled with more peanut garnish.

Inspiration

Have you ever ate something at a restaurant and became determined to make your own version at home so you could eat it all the time? That is exactly what happened. I’ve had Dan Dan Noodles in the past but wasn’t that impressed, well this local restaurant changed my mind. Since then I have been making Dan Dan noodles almost weekly. My challenge was to incorporate Impossible Mean instead of ground chicken or ground pork but still hold that flavorful punch. Well as Phillip said “Oh my God, please tell me you doubled the batch”.

Dan Dan Noodles in a white bowl with wilted spinach and chopped peanuts.

Tools Needed

No specific tools are needed to make this Impossible Meat Dan Dan Noodles. Just your standard tools already in your kitchen.

Ingredients

Impossible Meat: We opted for Impossible Meat since we try to do a meatless day each week. We love how well this absorbs the flavors and still has the taste and texture our normal ground chicken has in the dish.

Tahini: The tahini provides the nutty and buttery taste to the dish that it requires. If you don’t have tahini opt for some peanut butter instead.

Hoisin: Not only does this dish have soy but also hoisin to get the saltiness to the sauce.

Ginger: Every salty dish needs a little sweet, grated ginger does just that! We prefer fresh grated ginger but you can use powdered as well. You may need a little extra powdered ginger compared to fresh grated.

Pepper: Traditionally Impossible Meat Dan Dan Noodles requires Sichuan peppercorns but they are not the easiest to come by and we figured it might be hard for everyone else to find them too. Instead we made this recipe so fresh black pepper works instead.

A white bowl filled with Impossible Meat Dan Dan Noodles and garnished with chopped peanuts.

Step by Step

Start making this Impossible Meat Dan Dan Noodles by combining the sauce into a small bowl. Add 3 tbsp hoisin, 1 tbsp tahini, 3/4 cup of soy sauce, 4 minced garlic cloves, 4 tbsp chili oil, 3 tsp ginger, 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar, 4 tsp fresh black pepper, and 1/2 cup of green onion. Mix this up well and set aside. Next cook bring a pot of water to boil and cook the Chinese Egg Noodles per the package directions.

After that, bring a large sauté pan to medium heat and add a 2 tbsp of sesame or olive oil. Once the oil is heated toss in 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 tsp of ginger, and a handful of green onion. Let simmer a few minutes before adding in the Impossible Meat. Cook the Impossible Meat until is fully cooked and has an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

Lower the heat of the sauté pan and pour in the Dan Dan Noodle sauce. Once heated toss in a handful or two of spinach and cook until wilted. Add the noodles to the sauté pan, mix well and serve! Garnish with chopped peanuts and sriracha!

Close up overhead shot of a white bowl filled with noodles and impossible meat with a thick asian Dan Dan sauce. Garnished with sriracha and chopped peanuts.

Budget Breakdown

Below is the breakdown of our spending at our local Safeway for this Impossible Meat Dan Dan Noodles recipe, the total came to $29.90. While you may not be using the entire item like the hoisin or tahini, we priced for the entire item as if you did not have the ingredient at home to use. Items not priced are soy sauce, garlic, oil, and sriracha as we had these items at home already.

Impossible Meat Dan Dan Noodles

  • $8.00 Impossible Meat
  • $2.00 Chinese Egg Noodles
  • $4.00 Hoisin
  • $7.00 Tahini
  • $1.00 Ginger
  • $2.50 Rice Wine Vinegar
  • $1.30 Green Onion
  • $2.00 Spinach
  • $2.00 Peanuts
Close up shot of a bowl of Dan Dan noodles with a second bowl behind it. The noodles are also drizzled with sriracha.
Overhead shot of two bowls of Dan Dan Noodles next to spices and peanuts
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Impossible Meat Dan Dan Noodles

Impossible Meat Dan Dan Noodles here to curb your Chinese cravings. Made with impossible meat, noodles, spicy sauce for under $30 to feed the whole family!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Cost 30.00

Ingredients

  • 1 package chinese noodles
  • 1 package impossible meat
  • peanuts for garnish
  • sriracha for garnish
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 handful green onion

Dan Dan Sauce

  • ¾ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp hoisin
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tsp ginger minced
  • 4 tbsp chili oil
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 4 tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup green onion (minced)

Instructions

  • Start making this Impossible Meat Dan Dan Noodles by combining the sauce into a small bowl. Add 3 tbsp hoisin, 1 tbsp tahini, 3/4 cup of soy sauce, 4 minced garlic cloves, 4 tbsp chili oil, 3 tsp ginger, 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar, 4 tsp fresh black pepper, and 1/2 cup of green onion. Mix this up well and set aside.
  • Next cook bring a pot of water to boil and cook the Chinese Egg Noodles per the package directions.
  • After that, bring a large sauté pan to medium heat and add a 2 tbsp of sesame or olive oil. Once the oil is heated toss in 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 tsp of ginger, and a handful of green onion.
  • Let simmer a few minutes before adding in the Impossible Meat. Cook the Impossible Meat until is fully cooked and has an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
  • Lower the heat of the sauté pan and pour in the Dan Dan Noodle sauce. Once heated toss in a handful or two of spinach and cook until wilted. Add the noodles to the sauté pan, mix well and serve! Garnish with chopped peanuts and sriracha!

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