Spicy Tan Tan Soup (Tantanmen or Dan Dan Noodles)

Dan dan noodles, also known as tan tan soup, is a traditional Chinese soup made with pork, chile peppers, and plenty of flavor.

Heat sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat; add doubanjiang. Cook and stir shallots, garlic, and ginger until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add ground pork; cook and stir until browned, about...


  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons doubanjiang (soy bean paste)
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 6 ounces ground pork
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  • 1 teaspoon tianmianjiang (sweet bean paste)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon rayu (chile oil)
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach, or to taste (optional)
  • 2 cups ramen noodles, or to taste
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 red Thai chile pepper, sliced

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