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Aug 20th

Episodes » Episode 40: Dan Dan Noodles

My little brother and I were notoriously picky eaters when we were younger. Think, like, Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally, "We'll have a BLT on whole wheat with mayo on the side and only if the tomatoes are ripe. If they're not ripe, we'll have turkey sandwiches with cheddar cheese and onions but oniy if they're red onions and deli mustard. On the side."

I have vivid memories of other peoples' parents scolding us because we wouldn't eat our vegetables. Today's dish - Dan Dan Noodles - was one of the one things my brother would ingest happy, however he'd order it with chicken and guessed it...on the side.

Let's give Matthew the benefit of the doubt and assume he (like me) has grown out of his "on the side" phase. Assuming that, I think he'd be happy with my recreation of the only Chinese meal he ever ordered.



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Aug 19th

Recipes » Dan Dan Noodles


-2 tsp red wine vinegar

-2 Tbsp low-sodium light soy sauce

-1 lb ground pork

-1 lb whole wheat spaghetti

-5 green onions, diced

-2 Tbsp ginger, minced

-3 cloves garlic, minced

-4 Tbsp peanut oil


-1 Tbsp Szechuan peppercorns, toasted and ground

-1/2 cup chicken stock

-1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp light soy sauce

-1 tsp chili oil

-1 1/2 tsp sugar

-2 Tbsp peanut butter


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