Dan-Dan Noodles

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 36 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 6 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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1/2 cup sesame seeds, toasted

4 tablespoons toasted sesame oil, plus more for serving

1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Kosher salt

2 half-sour dill pickles

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger

4 scallions, finely chopped

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock

8 ounces ground pork

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 to 4 teaspoons Chinese chili oil, plus more for serving

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

9 ounces dried Chinese egg noodles

1 medium head bok choy, sliced crosswise


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Pulse the sesame seeds in a mini food processor with 2 tablespoons sesame oil, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt until powdery; set aside.
  2. Prepare the stir-fry: Quarter, seed and finely dice the pickles and put in a bowl. In another bowl, mix the garlic, ginger, scallions, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Mix 1 tablespoon soy sauce and the broth in a third bowl. Mix the pork with 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon salt in another bowl. Place the four bowls by the stove.
  3. Place a large skillet over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, then the pork, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until cooked but not dry, 4 minutes. Transfer the meat to a bowl and toss with the remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce.
  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to the skillet; stir-fry the pickles for 1 minute. Add the garlic mixture and fry 30 seconds. Add the broth and boil until reduced by half, 4 minutes. Divide the broth among bowls and drizzle with the chili oil and vinegar.
  5. Meanwhile, add the noodles and bok choy to the boiling water and cook until just tender, 2 minutes. Drain and toss with the remaining 2 tablespoons sesame oil. Season with salt, then divide among the bowls. Top with pork and sprinkle with sesame powder. Serve with more sesame and chili oil.