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Dandan noodles is a classic dish of Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables, chili oil, Sichuan pepper, pork, and scallions served over noodles.


Sesame paste is sometimes added.This is particularly true in American Chinese cuisine. In American Chinese cuisine, Dan Dan Mian is often sweeter and less spicy.


The same sauce is frequently served over poached chicken (called Bon Bon or Bang Bang Chicken, and on steamed, meat-filled dumplings in another Sichuan dish called suanla chaoshou.


Name
A variety of English spellings are used. The first word may be either Dan Dan, Dun Dun, or Tan Tan. The last word may also be spelled Mein or Mian.


The name refers to a type of carrying pole (a dan dan) that was used by ambulatory vendors who sold the dish on the streets. Literally, the name translates as Peddler's noodles.

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