Saturday, January 30, 2010

Saturday Dan Dan Mein for Lunch


What to do for lunch. Maggie says "Chinese!" Dan Dan Mein is usually made with a sauce containing sesame paste, ground szechuan peppercorns, sesame oil, hot chili oil, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger. What's great about the idea of these noodles is that you can really add whatever you want. For my kids who are not into very spicy food yet, I leave out the chili oil and use only a little bit of the peppercorns. These can be added back in for those who like it spicy. Consider also a splash of vinegar or substituting peanut butter if you don't have sesame paste. And what did I do with the leftover duck from Wednesday night? Shredded, it is the perfect addition. Though not traditionally the noodles used for Dan Dan Mein, I used buckwheat noodles. I think they are the perfect consistency and elasticity. So, in the bowl you have buckwheat noodles, shredded duck, julienned cucumber for some crunch and lightness, cilantro, green onions, the sauce and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Serve cold or at room temp. Make up a little extra sauce and keep in your fridge for an easy snack or Saturday lunch!




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